Amber is young shot of the yearBy Adam Lee
April 12, 2012
Bracknell shooting prodigy Amber Hill’s growing reputation was formerly recognised last month when she was named Young Shot of the Year at the inaugural Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) Awards in Crick, Northamptonshire.
The Binfield 13-year-old started shooting in 2007, taking to the sport immediately and soon began winning prizes on a regular basis.
She is now a familiar face at many of the major championships around the country and has enjoyed success in helice, English sporting, skeet (where she holds the record for being the youngest shot to compete as a member of the England team) and is fast making a name for herself in Olympic skeet.
She recently travelled to Italy to have a stock made courtesy of new sponsors Caesar Guerini – preparing her for her next challenge of making the England Olympic skeet team.
Amber saw off competition from fellow nominees Joe Booth and Taylor Hedgecock to take the young shooter award, and was also presented with a new Browning B725.
And although the London Olympics may have arrived a little too early for the teenage star, she maintains her dream of one day represnting GB at the world’s showpiece sporting event.
“I’m really very happy,” said Amber.
“I didn’t know who was up for the award, but hoped I might have a bit of a chance although I didn’t really think I would win it.
“As for the future I hope to shoot in the England Olympic skeet team, then for Great Britain and would love to be shooting at the next Olympics.”
Amber, though, admitted she wouldn't have won the award had it not been for her grandfather Bill Rodgers.
“My family looked so proud when I was up on the stage getting the award and that means so much to me," she said.
“He (Mr Rodgers) taught me how to shoot from the beginning and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him… it’s all thanks to him.”