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19 June 2014Amber Hill confident ahead of Commonwealth Games debut

The 17-year-old, whose sporting CV is already packed full of world records and prestigious awards, was last week named among the 11-strong clay target shooting team added to Team England’s squad heading north of the border.

The youngest-ever winner of a senior World Cup in her sport, Hill equalled the senior world record at last year’s World Championships in Peru.

Such performances saw her pick up a string of accolades last season, including SportsAid’s One-to-Watch Award, and being named BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year as well as the British Olympic Association’s Olympic Athlete of the Year for shooting.

And while it guarantees plenty of eyes will be on her at the Commonwealth Games, Hill intends to use the pressure to her advantage.
“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,” said 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 this week.

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.”

This story was provided by Bracknell News