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Team GB shooter Matt Coward-Holley cheered on by Felsted School as he goes for Olympics gold in men's trap at Tokyo 2020




Felsted School is hoping to welcome back former student Matt Coward-Holley as an Olympic champion as he prepares to shoot for gold at Tokyo 2020.

The delayed Games got under way in Japan today (July 21), with the football and softball tournaments starting ahead of Friday's (July 23) opening ceremony.

Coward-Holley, who is a reigning world and European shooting champion, will attempt to get on the podium when the men's trap takes place on Thursday July 29.

The 26-year-old took up shooting at the age of 17 while studying at Felsted after two near life-changing back injuries brought to an end a promising rugby career.

"To represent Great Britain in the Olympics is a stunning achievement for Matt, who will go in with confidence after recent success including adding the European shotgun gold to his tally of golds," said Felsted's director of sport Charlie Knightley.

"Preparation for the Tokyo Olympics has not been easy for the athletes, but I'm in awe of the years of commitment Matt has put in for this opportunity.

Matt Coward-Holley (49355819)
Matt Coward-Holley (49355819)

"We look forward to him coming back and sharing his experiences of what will be an incredible few weeks.

"Felsted is very proud to support Matthew as an Olympian and will be fully behind him in the men's trap."

Coward-Holley, who will become Felsted's 21st Oympian, worked his early shooting exploits around his A level studies thanks to the school providing him with a tailored timetable.

"We are so proud of everything Matt has achieved in his career over the years since he finished at Felsted," said headmaster Chris Townsend.

"We have been following his progress with great interest and are delighted to see his hard work and dedication recognised at the very highest level.

"Sport is an important part of life at Felsted and Matt follows in the footsteps of a great number of past students and staff who have competed at the Olympics.

"It is a privilege to watch Matt heading to Tokyo with the British team and he is a great inspiration to our current pupils.

"On behalf of the whole Felsted community we wish him the best of luck."



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