Monkton Combe School appoints Olympic hero as director of rowing
An Olympic rower who has competed at four Games, including this summer in London, has taken up a job at a Bath independent school.
Monkton Combe School has appointed Matt Wells as their new director of rowing and he will start the post in January.
Mr Wells won a bronze medal in the men's double skulls at the Beijing Games after previously being a finalist in both Sydney and Athens, and earlier this summer was part of the quadruple scull which finished fifth in London.
The 33-year-old, who is now preparing to move to Bath with his wife and two young children, said he hoped the excitement surrounding the 2012 Games, particularly the success of the British rowing team, would lead to more people wanting to take up sports they had not tried before.
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He said: "I think what the Olympics has done is push sport, especially those sports we don't really see that often like rowing and swimming, out to a much wider audience.
"It has really got everyone's imagination and of course I will be trying to capitalise on that success, especially the whole buzz of children and young people just getting out there and being active."
Mr Wells is joining Monkton at an exciting time for the rowing department as plans continue for a new £1 million facility in Saltford.
The scheme includes two boathouses, changing rooms, a gymnasium, a clubhouse area, gallery, kitchen, office and meeting room, and would be shared by the school, Avon County Rowing Club and the University of Bristol.
It is hoped that work will begin on site later this year and is expected to take between six and nine months to complete.