17th Old Millfieldian of the Year Awards

This year the Old Millfieldian Society (OM Society) honoured another four former pupils, recognising their achievements in the time since they left school. The total number of awardees now stands at 63.

In a presentation hosted by OM Society Secretary, John Davies, the award acknowledges OM excellence of achievement in a wide range of fields such as service, academic, business, the arts, and sport, in this country and abroad.

For the first time, Upper Sixth pupils were invited to take part in the selection process, voting for their preferred recipient from a long list of nine OMs. Olympian Nikki Hamblin was the pupils’ choice and from the remaining nominations, the OMS Committee selected the other three awardees.

Following the ceremony, which included speeches from all the awardees, 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.”

This year’s awardees included one of the country’s leading cardiologists, Dr Laura Corr (1968-75; Day). A Consultant Cardiologist at the Harley Street Clinic and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Foundation Trust and in private practice in Harley Street, Laura is now passionately involved in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease before intervention becomes necessary. Familiar with authoring medical articles, in 2014 Laura co-author ‘Eat your way to lower cholesterol’. She is also heavily involved in charitable and education work, sitting on the board and advisory council of the British Heart Foundation and having set up two new cancer charities in recent years.

Olympian James Guy (2008-14; Day) was also honoured following his achievements at Rio 2016. Until January this year, the two-time silver medal winning Olympian’s training was based at Millfield under the tutelage of Jol Finck. He rose to international prominence in 2013 and in 2015 become the 200m free-style World Champion. Most recently, James achieved two silver medals at Rio 2016, his first Olympics, in the 4 x 200m freestyle and 4 x 100m medley relays. Now based out of the National Swimming Centre in Bath, James has his sights set on the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and Tokyo 2020, hoping to add to the 18 British records and 12 international medals already under his belt.

Nikki Hamblin (2004-06; Martins) was the pupil’s choice, recognising her sportsmanship at Rio 2016. In the well-recognised series of events, Nikki, who was representing New Zealand after gaining citizenship in 2009, fell over bringing a fellow athlete down with her during the 5000m heat at Rio, 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. Nikki progressed to the Olympic final on appeal, where having struggled with the sprained ankle she had sustained in the fall three days earlier, came home in last place. Away from the Olympic spotlight, Nikki lives quietly on New Zealand’s North Island and is now focussing her attentions on the 2017 World Championships this August and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Ollie Lindsay-Hague (2004-09; Kingweston) is a professional rugby player who also found success at Rio 2016. Graduating in 2009, he went on to play fullback for Harlequins. A seasoned sevens player, Ollie spent a large part of his recent career playing for England in the Sevens World Series and rose to prominence at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 when Team GB won a silver medal in the rugby sevens, losing to a dominant Fiji side. Ollie announced his departure from Harlequins shortly after the Olympics to play rugby sevens for England in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently, Hong Kong. He will now continue to travel the world in pursuit of further Rugby Sevens success and hopefully another Olympic medal in Tokyo 2020.

See award ceremony video here.