Former Felsted School student Matt Coward-Holley, 26, has won bronze for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Coward-Holley made his Olympic debut at the Asaka Shooting Range in men’s trap shooting. After initially making seven of his opening 10 shots, he responded with 14 in a row and finished on 33/40.
Coward-Holley, who is reigning World and European shooting champion, is the independent school’s 21st Olympian.
He said: “I am a little bit lost for words – it’s my first Olympics so to come away with a medal, it’s phenomenal.”
Coward-Holley began shooting at the age of 8, but at 12 gave up to focus on his rugby career. However, an injury four years later resulted in him going back to the sport he was introduced to by his father.
He took up trap shooting at 17 and rose through the ranks, competing for the England Shooting Team for the European, World and Home International Championships whilst he was in the sixth form at Felsted.
With the school having its own shooting range, Coward-Holley became a member of the shooting team during his time at school.
The independent school in Essex provided Coward-Holley with a tailored timetable so that he could fit his competitions in around his A-level studies.
Headmaster of Felsted, Chris Townsend, said: “We are delighted for Matt! We have been following his progress with great interest over the years and are delighted that his hard work and dedication has been recognised.
“We look forward to him returning to Felsted to inspire our pupils about his Olympic experience.”
Coward-Holley teamed up with Northern Ireland’s Kirsty Hegarty in the mixed team trap event on Saturday and made 10th place.
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