Amber Hill is a Commonwealth Games silver medallist after an enthralling skeet final at Gold Coast 2018.
The event, which took place at Belmont Shooting Complex, saw two British Shooting athletes reach the final while representing Team England, with Emily Hibbs competing alongside Amber.
Speaking after winning silver, Amber said: “It was an amazing final and I’m super happy to be coming away with a silver medal. I’ve just been at the World Cup in Mexico where I got a bronze, so I’m slowly creeping up the medals!
“It was so nice to have a teammate in the final with me and she shot amazing. It’s her first Commonwealth Games and to come away in fifth place is fantastic. She’s definitely one to watch for the future.”
The final was neck-and-neck throughout with Emily being eliminated based on her bib number which is decided prior to the final beginning based on performances in the qualification rounds.
But Amber thrived on that pressure and explained that the crowd, the score board, the music and the overall atmosphere helps her perform at her best.
“The pressure is always there during finals, but I was just enjoying it. The crowd were really getting behind us and with the music playing throughout I just felt relaxed.
“You always know where you need to be in the final and you can’t help but see the massive screen to the side of you with all the numbers on. But you can’t let it get in your head too much and I try to use it as a positive.”
Amber joined up with Team England at the Gold Coast later than her other team mates to allow her to work with personal coach Joe Neville, and she claims the work she has done with him helped her win her silver medal.
“I’ve done a lot of work with my British Shooting coach, Joe, back at home and it’s clearly working. It was also amazing to have my family over here and I’m really grateful to have such a great support team around me.”