Rising shooter Hill pinching herself after whirlwind 2013

26 December 2013 / 14:59

Shooter Amber Hill admitted Christmas came early after she received two further prestigious honours to top off what has been a whirlwind 2013.

The 16-year-old followed in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney, Tom Daley and Andy Murray as she was named as the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

It comes after Hill enjoyed the best year of her career, setting a world record and becoming the youngest winner, then aged 15, of a senior World Cup in the skeet discipline.

Last month she was awarded the SportsAid One-to-Watch award at the annual Sportsball in London, an event that saw her receive her prize from the Duchess of Cambridge.

And Hill, who was named as the British Olympic Association’s Olympic Athlete of the Year for shooting, admits she is still pinching herself about everything.

“It has been a crazy couple of weeks,” she said. “I can’t believe it’s all happening to me but I’m so proud to have won the award. It’s definitely an early Christmas present for me; you can’t ask for much more, can you?

“I am not used to things like this, I am just a normal girl from Berkshire. To mix with those types of sportsmen and women is just an honour; I’d like to thank the BBC for giving me this honour.

“It was just so overwhelming to get to go to the event and then win it. This year has been incredible for me, I just can’t believe it, it’s going to be hard to better it.

“Obviously it’s nice to have these awards and go to these events but my sport will always come first with everything I do, I just want to keep on improving.”

A panel of judges, including Olympic triathletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, helped compile the nominations for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, with Hill making the final three along with athlete Dina Asher-Smith and golfer Charley Hull.

And after being picked as the overall winner, Hill received her award on stage from the Brownlee brothers and female world triathlon champion Non Stanford before making a speech in front of the Leeds crowd as well as millions watching on television.

“I did not think about my speech too much or else I would have just got really nervous,” she added. “I just got up and tried to enjoy it and made sure to thank the right people.

“So many people were coming up to me afterwards and congratulating me, it’s nice to have people supporting me and recognising what I have done.

“I got to see Jess Ennis briefly and got to have a photo with her, it was weird going up to her and asking for one, I’m not used to it all.”

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