Matthew is a British journalist and broadcaster. He has worked for The Times newspaper since 1999. Matthew used to be an English table tennis international, and was the English number one for many years. He was three times the Men’s Singles Champion at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships (in 1997, 2000 and 2001), and also competed for Great Britain in two Olympic Games. Matthew studied PPE at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was awarded a prize-winning First.
Matthew has worked as a commentator for the BBC and Eurosport. He is a regular presenter on radio and television, commentating on sporting, cultural and political issues. His film China and Table Tennis, made for the BBC, won bronze medal at the Olympic Golden Rings ceremony in Lausanne in 2008.
As a sports writer he won ‘Sports Feature Writer of the Year’ at the SJA Awards in 2008 and ‘Sports Journalist of the Year’ at the British Press Awards in 2009. His first book, Bounce, published by HarperCollins, was published in May 2010. It won the ‘Best New Writer’ category of the British Sports Book Awards (2011).
Matthew is managing director of a sports marketing company. From 1999, he has worked as a Marketing Consultant for the English Table Tennis Association based in Hastings. He was one of the co-founders of TTK Greenhouse, a sports-related charity.