Former Millfield pupil Peter Wilson was welcomed back to the school for the annual rugby showcase match against Sedbergh School last Wednesday.
The 27-year-old won a gold medal in the double trap shooting event at the London 2012 Olympic Games and was named as Old Millfieldian of the Year in 2012 in recognition of his achievements.
Headmaster Craig Considine presented him with the award during half-time to rapturous applause and cheering from a crowd of pupils, staff and friends of the Millfield community.
Wilson, who attended Millfield from 2000 to 2005, initially took up shooting at the school on his father’s suggestion after a snowboarding accident left him unable to pursue squash and cricket.
On returning to the school he said: “I haven’t been to Millfield since I left, so it’s wonderful to be invited back, and an absolute honour to be named as an Old Millfieldian of the Year.”
On leaving Millfield, Wilson went on to win the 2006 European Junior Championship and in 2008 he was invited to the Beijing Games as part of the GB’s Olympic Ambition Programme.
He finished 2009 at the top of the British rankings, before excelling on the international stage with gold medals in the World Cup.
Wilson collected team silver in the European Championships and in 2012 set a new world record in the double trap with a score of 198 out of 200 at the World Cup in Arizona, before securing his Olympic gold in August 2012 - Britain’s first shooting medal since 2000.
Millfield was the highest represented British school at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with nine representatives in all, spanning seven sports.