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Former Felsted School student Matt Coward-Holley named in Team GB shooting squad for 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Shooter Matt Coward-Holley is aiming for success on the biggest stage after being selected for this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The former Felsted School student has been named in the Great Britain squad for the sporting extravaganza in Japan, which was postponed last year due to the coronavirus crisis.

Coward-Holley, 26, will make his Olympic bow in the trap discipline and will be looking to add to the gold medal he bagged at the ISSF World Championships in 2019 when he became Team GB's first world champion in the event.

Matt Coward-Holley (44199957)
Matt Coward-Holley (44199957)

The Games are scheduled to take place between July 23 and August 8.

The world No 2, who took up trap shooting at the age of 17 while studying at Felsted, said: "Thank you so much to all my friends, family, sponsors and to everyone who has supported me throughout my journey to the Games."

Coward-Holley quickly climbed the ranks and competed for England at European, world and home international championships whilst he was in the sixth form.

Having previously focused on his rugby career before an injury stopped him in his tracks, Coward-Holley was able to fit in all of his shooting exploits around his A-level studies thanks to the school providing a tailored timetable.

"We are delighted for Matt who will become Felsted's 21st Olympian," said headmaster Chris Townsend.

"We have been following his progress with great interest over the years and are delighted that his hard work and dedication has been recognised."

Coward-Holley, who lives in Chelmsford, is one of the first four shooters to be named in Team GB's Olympic shooting party alongside Kirsty Hegarty (women's Olympic trap), Aaron Heading (men's Olympic trap) and Seonaid McIntosh (women's 50m three positions rifle and 10m air rifle).

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