We recently had the pleasure of welcoming Great Britain Shooting team member Matt Coward-Holley to the Barn, for new ear moulds to be taken. Whilst on his visit, Matt also took a tour of our production facility.
Matt is a world class member of the GB shooting team and on the rise within his sport.
He shot to prominence in 2014, becoming the European Championships DTL Junior champion and finishing runner-up in the seniors at the same event. Also that year, he was junior and senior UK Double Trap champion and the English and British Open single barrel overall champion.
In July 2015, at the European Championships in Slovenia, Matt shot 139 to set a new Double Trap men’s team British record score of 420 along with Tim Kneale (142) and Steven Scott (139).
A couple of months later, he missed out on the individual World Championships Double Trap semi final in Lonato, Italy by one target. Despite this near miss, his score combined with teammates Kneale and Matt French was enough to secure team gold.
After winning, Matt said:
“To become World Champions at the home of shooting, Lonato, is extra special. Just a year ago I was shooting in junior competitions and now I have a gold medal around my neck after competing with two fantastic GB shooters in Tim and Matt.”
“It felt slightly surreal. To have achieved something so huge so early on in my career has filled me with confidence. I now need to take this achievement and build on it as I aim to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.”
Build on it was exactly what he did, winning individual bronze and team gold at the 2016 European Championships in Lonato.
Shooting a score of 139 meant Matt pipped fellow Brit Kneale (138) to the bronze medal and along with teammate Scott’s 136 the team secured first place.
Beating Kneale was an exceptional achievement, as he holds the Double Trap world record as well as being a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Competing against and finishing above superb competitors like Kneale shows Matt Coward-Holley is an exceptional talent within his field and destined for great things.
He is also on course to achieve his dream of making the GB team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, finishing second overall at the 1st Algarve Olympic Trap Grand Prix earlier this month.
Team Mercury is proud to support Matt and the entire GB Shooting team.