03:42PM, Thursday 02 March 2017
Having missed out on a medal at 2016’s Rio Olympics, skeet shooter and former Claires Court School student Amber Hill has got Tokyo 2020 in her sights.
The 19-year-old from Windsor was just 18 at her first Olympics when she missed out on a skeet shooting medal having made it to the semi-finals.
She told the Advertiser: “The Rio Olympics was absolutely incredible.
“Even though I didn’t have a medal I was happy about my performance.”
Reflecting on her time in Brazil’s Olympic Village, Amber said: “I loved it. It’s quite cool to speak to people and see how they’re feeling.
“Everybody’s got a different story to share.
“Whether it’s the European Games or the Commonwealth Games I will get to see some familiar faces.”
Hill is hoping an extra four years experience will help improve her chances for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“I’m really excited about Tokyo, I’ll have another four years experience.
“I’m just keeping my head down, I just keep training as hard as I was for the Olympics in Rio and just gain as much experience as I can.”
Hill started shooting from the age of 10 after being introduced to it by her grandfather.
She has been training in skeet shooting for just four years.
Hill says the students and staff at Claires Court School encouraged her interest in the sport and cheered her along at last year’s games in Rio.
She added: “My school was so supportive of what I did.”
“As I started to progress and start to take it more seriously I think the school was just intrigued.
“They were all cheering for me back home so I’m sure they will be cheering me along in Tokyo if I get there.”
Amber Hill is part of the Christopher Ward Challenger Programme, which aims to support athletes achieve their ambitions.
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