Rowing: Matthew Pinsent eyes umpire role in women's university boat race


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Sir Matthew Pinsent would relish the opportunity to umpire the first ever women's Boat Race to be held on the Championship course between Putney and Mortlake when the event moves from Henley in 2015.

Pinsent made his debut as umpire of the men's Boat Race on Sunday as Oxford, his alma mater, beat Cambridge by just over a length. In two years' time, the women will row the same four-and-a-quarter mile course as the men for the first time – and Pinsent would love to be involved in such a historic occasion.

"I like the idea of the women coming to London. I would like to be part of that," he said.