Skeet shooter Amber selected by Team England for Commonwealth Games

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Written by Graeme Copas

Former Claires Court Senior Girls School pupil Amber Hill has added to her reputation as a future champion by being selected by England for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 16-year-old, who was named  BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in December was delighted to be added to England’s squad.


“I am really excited that I’ve been selected to represent Team England at Glasgow 2014,” she said.


“There is no better feeling than getting that call to say you’re in.


“I know it’s going to be an amazing event and a great experience.


“It will be so brilliant, I’ve always been involved in sport so to be part of a bigger team is amazing.


“When I’ve finished competing I’ll take the opportunity to support the rest of Team England, it will be great to be part of something.”


In 2013, the teenager became the youngest winner of a senior World Cup in skeet shooting. She finished the season ranked No.1 senior in Great Britain and No.5 in the world.


“I know a lot of people will be watching me and there will be high expectations of me but I think that’s a good thing,” added Hill, who is currently competing in the ISSF World Cup in Munich.


“It’s a great feeling to know the whole country is behind you and hopefully that can drive me on.


“For me I am going for gold, I’m going to give it my best shot and fingers crossed that will happen.


“My long term aim is to get to Rio but when I found out last year I was in contention for the Commonwealth Games I was really concentrating on making the team.


“It will be a great event, being in Scotland and it will also be my first time taking part in a multi-sport competition.


“I am sure there will be a few nerves but nerves can push you on. I am just really happy to be representing England at the Commonwealth Games.”


There is little chance of Hill easing off between now and next month’s Games, with the European Shotgun Championships beginning in Hungary next week. (June 16 – June 27.)


Closer to home she has a dedicated support team with her every step of the way, including grandfather Bill who introduced her to shooting aged nine, and the sharp shooter is intent on doing them proud.


“My grandfather helped get me into the sport when I was nine years old,” she added. “He comes to all my competitions so he knew how I was lying in the rankings ahead of making the team for Glasgow.


“He is really proud of me as are all my family, I have a great support network behind me who keep me calm before my competitions. I’m really excited for Glasgow and seeing what I can do.”


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