Inspired by Grandad, teenager Hill is ready to seize her Olympic moment
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Inspired by Grandad, teenager Hill is ready to seize her Olympic moment

12 August 2016 / 10:00
It’s a nearly a decade since the moment that changed the life of a little girl, who was then only eight.
Tired of watching her brother play rugby she pleaded with her granddad to take her clay pigeon shooting and a few shots later she was hooked. 

Hill, who turns 19 on the day of the Olympic closing ceremony, will compete in today’s skeet competition in Rio and has already won in a Team GB tracksuit.

Just 12 months ago she claimed gold at the inaugural European Games in Baku, following a tense shoot-out with Italy’s Diana Bacosi in which she hit 30 out of 30 shots.

“When I go into any competition I will always be going for gold,” she said.

“But as long as I know I have put everything in to produce the best performance possible then I will be happy. As long as I am happy with how I performed then I can’t ask for a lot more.

“To come away with a medal would be the most amazing feeling. Knowing I have won a medal for my country would be so important to me

“It has been an amazing few years for me and has happened so quickly. Even now if I looked back on my career, I can be really proud of myself as I have done a lot in a short amount of time and hopefully it can continue.

“Being named as an Olympian is something I would love to tell my grandkids about when I am old and wrinkly.

“Just to be an Olympian and knowing I have represented my country – and hopefully made them proud – is more than anything I could have asked for.”

Hill is coached by Joe Neville but still shoots regularly with granddad Bill Rogers – who himself has been shooting since the 1960s and once finished third in the prestigious US Open.

“She came along with me and asked ‘can I have a go?’,” recalled Rogers. 

“I said ‘it will probably put you on your back Amber’ but she really wanted a go. Any way, we stood behind her and she fired the gun a few times and she said ‘I really want to do this’.

“I bought her a small gun when she nine, or nine by the age of ten she was taking part in little competitions. By the age of 12 she was in England’s senior women’s team.”

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