Millfield recently honoured three Rio Olympians and a leading cardiologist at the Old Millfieldian of the Year Awards, recognising alumni achievement in a wide range of fields in the UK and abroad.
In its 17th year, Upper Sixth pupils were invited to take part in the selection process, voting for Nikki Hamblin in recognition of her sportsmanship at Rio 2016. Nikki, who was representing New Zealand, fell over bringing a fellow athlete down during the 5000m heat, after which both women helped each other up and finished the heat together. The International Fair Play Committee awarded Nikki and her fellow athlete a Rio 2016 Fair Play Award to recognise their sportsmanship.
Other awardees, in alphabetical order; Dr Laura Corr (second left) is one of the country’s leading cardiologists based at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Foundation Trust and in private practice in Harley Street. She is passionately involved in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and sits on the board and advisory council of the British Heart Foundation.
Olympian James Guy (centre) achieved two silver medals at Rio, his first Olympics, in the 4 x 200m freestyle and 4 x 100m medley relays. Until January this year, his training was based at Millfield before moving to the National Swimming Centre in Bath.
Ollie Lindsay-Hague (second right) is a professional rugby player and was part of the Rio 2016 silver medal winning GB side in rugby sevens, losing to a dominant Fiji side.
Following the ceremony, Headmaster Craig Considine commented:
“These stories are all about inspiration, opportunity and diversity. Each story is different and that encapsulates what Millfield is all about.”