Amber Hill (sport shooter)

Amber Jo Hill (born 21 August 1997 in Windsor, Berkshire) is an English sport shooter who specialises in skeet. She has won a total of three gold medals in a major international competition, spanning the ISSF World Cup series (2013 and 2015), and the inaugural European Games held in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1] A member of the British national team, Hill trains under the tutelage of her personal coach Joe Neville at E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground in Wycombe.[1][2]

Amber Hill
Personal information
Full nameAmber Jo Hill
Nationality Great Britain
Born (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 23)
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
Websiteamberhillshooting.com
Sport
SportShooting
Event(s)Skeet (SK75)
ClubE.J. Churchill Shooting Ground[1]
Coached byJoe Neville[1]

Hill began shooting at the age of ten when she decided to go to the firing range in Binfield with the acknowledgement of her grandfather Bill Rogers. Since then, she took part in small shooting competitions across Berkshire county, earning numerous age group titles and records for shotgun. By the age of twelve, Hill had been selected to England's senior women's team with a speciality in skeet shooting.[2][3]

In 2013, Hill made her own shooting history by becoming the sport's youngest ever winner (aged 15) at the ISSF World Cup series. She prevailed over Italy's Diana Bacosi in a shoot-off 15 clays to 11 to secure a gold medal and establish a junior world record at her very first career attempt.[4][5] Because of her noteworthy success and talent to the sport, Hill finished the season as the top-ranked senior for Great Britain and the world ranked number five in the leaderboard. She had also been named the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year.[6]

At the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, Hill beat her Italian rival Bacosi in a lengthy, tense 30-clay shoot-off to claim the top spot on the podium in the women's skeet. By winning the gold on her senior international debut, Hill gained another Olympic quota place for Great Britain. A few months later she added another title to her career treasury at the World Cup Final in Nicosia, Cyprus, outclassing Thailand's Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit with a score of 15 to 13 hits.[7]

Hill is expected to compete for Team GB's shooting squad in the women's skeet at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[8] She has been selected for England's Commonwealth Games squad that will head to Australia in April 2018.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "ISSF Profile – Amber Hill". ISSF. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Team GB Exclusive: Hill delighted to secure Rio spot". Team GB. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Spotlight on Youth – From Berkshire to Rio de Janeiro, Amber Hill's journey of hope". ISSF. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  4. ^ "15-year-old Hill of Great Britain wins the Skeet Women final, aiming at Rio 2016". ISSF. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  5. ^ Williams, Ollie (16 September 2013). "Amber Hill: Sixteen-year-old British shotgun superstar". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Young Sports Personality: Shooter Amber Hill wins BBC award". BBC Sport. 15 December 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Amber Hill is the 2015 Skeet Women Champion at the ISSF World Cup Final in Nicosia". ISSF. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Six shooters selected to compete for Team GB at Rio 2016". Team GB. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Binfield shooter Amber Hill selected for England's Commonwealth Games squad – The Wokingham Paper". The Wokingham Paper. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.

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