Baku 2015: Hill proving age is nothing but a number

19 June 2015 / 07:48

Shooter Amber Hill has already proved numerous times that age is just a number, although it is experience which she will instead look to close the gap on her rivals in when she takes centre stage at the European Games.

Hill announced herself on the world stage at the tender age of 15 when she made history as the youngest-ever winner of a senior World Cup in her sport.

The accolades would continue to pour in too, including following in the footsteps of diver Tom Daley and swimmer Ellie Simmonds in being crowned the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

She was then named as one of the youngest members of England’s Commonwealth Games squad for Glasgow last year although she missed out on the final after losing in a shoot-off.

A major gold medal did arrive last year though after Great Britain women’s skeet team won gold at the Shooting World Championships in Granada, Spain.

And with Rio creeping into her thoughts, Hill knows the current European Games in Baku can provide another valuable learning curve.

“Although I’m still one of the youngest ones competing I’ve been around a few years now. I don’t really think age comes into it,” she said.

“I’m just trying to gain as much experience as I can. I don’t think being young holds me back. Yes, I can’t fly under the radar any more but I think the fact that people are taking an interest in me is a great compliment. I have had so much support from everyone and I just want to make them proud.

“I’m learning all the time. I just really want to be successful for my country. I’m feeling really good at the moment, training has been going really well.

“It’s all building towards Rio. Each competition, it’s about using my experience to get the best possible result.

“I always go for gold in any competition I enter but a podium finish would be great in Baku.”

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