Shooter Hill aims to scale new heights after record-breaking year

Published: 22 Nov 2013 17:000 comments

AMBER Hill is ready to ramp up her training over the winter in a bid to build on her record-breaking year.

Amber Hill.

Hill has enjoyed a remarkable 2013, beginning in March as she travelled to Acapulco, Mexico and became the youngest ever winner of a senior World Cup with victory in the women’s skeet.

Things got even better at the Shotgun World Championships in September as she shot 74 out of 75 in qualifying to equal the senior women’s skeet world record and break the junior one.

First heading into the final, the now 16-year-old placed fifth but did not leave Peru empty handed as the combined scores of Hill, Elena Allen and Pinky Le Grelle saw Britain win silver in the team event.

Hill has achieved all this while studying and training just once a week but, with her attentions set to turn onto shooting over the winter, she is slowly beginning to dream big.

“I’ve just finished school and planning to train more throughout the winter, hopefully I can up that to three times a week,” said Hill, a former pupil at Claires Court School in Maidenhead.

“I’m not quite sure how I managed to achieve what I did because I’ve obviously been juggling my GCSEs and haven’t been able to get a massive amount of training in.

“I’ve only been doing Olympic skeet for the last year and it has come on so quickly, it’s just been amazing. I’ve got so much experience in such a short space of time by travelling to all of these different countries.

“I always want to keep bettering myself otherwise you will never move forward. I’m quite harsh on myself. If I have a bad day I’m not going to say it’s fine, I will just come back out the next time, keep fighting and trying to improve.”

Naturally targeting the Rio 2016 Olympics, Hill is hopeful that she will do enough to earn selection for the England team for next summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

And Hill insists she knows exactly how much hard work is required if she is to get her first taste of a major multi-sport event before Rio 2016.

“Just looking at the scale of London 2012, I knew immediately that the Olympics were my aim,” she added. “It still is now and if I keep training really hard hopefully I will get there.

“The Commonwealth Games is hopefully something I will get to do next year.”

Lloyds Bank Local Heroes, in partnership with Sports Aid, has supported 1,000 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes.

As part of Lloyds Bank’s commitment to helping future sports starts prosper, the programme has continued in 2013.

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* AMBER Hill is one of only three athletes in the UK to have been shortlisted for SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award.

The award will be presented by the charity’s patron, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, at its SportsBallTM on November 28.

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