British Shooting's skeet coach has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.
Joe Neville, from Tansley near Matlock, has had a phenomenal career as an athlete but also as coach to many of the UK's best clay target shooters.
As well as coaching the world class shooting team, Neville spends the vast majority of his time coaching at grassroots levels and developing the next generation of shooting stars by sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience.
Joe is unique in having the skills and knowledge to coach both Olympic Skeet and Olympic Trap shooting and is highly respected by peers and athletes around the world.
Joe has worked with many of the UK's most successful shooters including Olympians Ian Peel, Sarah Wixey, Rory Warlow and Richard Brickell.
But he has most recently been working with 18-year-old Amber Hill, who was confirmed onto Team GB for Rio 2016 in November of this year.
As an Athlete Joe achieved:
- Fourth in the 1972 Olympic Games shooting Olympic Skeet. This is still the best result ever achieved in this discipline by a British athlete.
- Gold, Silver and Bronze medals achieved at Commonwealth Games in 1974, 1978 and 1986 shooting Olympic Skeet.
- Shot an incredible 200/200 targets at Olympic Skeet and the only British athlete to have competed in World Championships in Olympic Skeet (69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 77, 78, 79 and 86) and Olympic Trap Shooting (1991)
- Won the British and English Championships in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and the veterans in the 2000s.
A testament to the professionalism of Joe is that all this was achieved while running the family dairy farm and raising four children.
Performance Director for British Shooting, Steven Seligmann, said: "This honour is great recognition for the hard work dedication and passion Joe has put into his coaching with British Shooting and it's that passion that has often lead to GB success. Joe is heavily involved not just at a world class level but also grass roots as we look to grow our talent pool for Tokyo and beyond. He's an extremely valued member of our coaching team and we look forward to working with him for the next year as we lead into Rio 2016."
Amber Hill, a former BBC Young Sport Personality of the Year and European Games Gold Medallist earned her Rio 2016 quote place in 2016 and puts a lot of her success down to Joe's guidance. She said: “I feel that without the coaching and support of Joe I would not have been able to achieve what I have.
"He has taught me so much in a short space of time. I am really grateful to be coached by him.”
Ian Peel, who Neville coached in Olympic Trap, said: I have no doubt that without Joe’s help and dedication, encouraging, analysing and developing my technique I would not have gone on to win an Olympic Silver medal in the Sydney Olympics, two European medals and five Commonwealth medals. I owe Joe
a huge debt for all the help and support.”
Joe coached Commonwealth Games Olympic Skeet Gold Medallist, Richard Brickell, from the age of 12. After finding out the news about the MBE, Richard said: “Joe has been my coach for the last 25 years, working with me to reach and maintain a standard of performance that has enabled me to represent my country at World Cup events, European Championships, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games. I am so thankful for everything he has done for me and my shooting.”
Joe also coaches Olympian, Sarah Wixey, who said: "I cannot tell you how much Joe is a part of my success. He is simply the best coach I have ever had the fortune to come across and a wonderful human being at the same time."
Joe’s daughter, Caroline Povey, followed in her father’s footsteps to become a successful target shooter and has won many British titles and a Commonwealth Games Bronze medal at Glasgow 2014.
She said: "My dad is an inspiration to myself and my fellow shooters. His competitive achievements are legendary and he has given so much support and guidance to enable others to achieve their dreams.
"He is extremely passionate about shooting at all levels and takes equal pleasure from seeing novices break their first clay to GBR athletes winning medals and achieving their dreams."