BBC Young Sports Personality Amber Hill seeks Glasgow success

By Ollie WilliamsBBC Olympic sports reporter
Amber Hill with her BBC Young Sports Personality award

English shooter Amber Hill says winning the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award will help drive her to success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Hill, 16, equalled a world record and won World Cup gold in her first season of international competition.

"It's definitely going to push me on to train hard and reach my goals, one of them being the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow," Hill told BBC Sport.

"You never get big-scale shooting competitions like that in Britain."

Amber Hill wins Young Sports Personality

The Bracknell skeet shooter finishes 2013 ranked fifth in the world, having won seven international medals in the past 12 months. Her score of 74 (out of 75) while qualifying at the world championships equalled a record.

She beat golfer Charley Hull and athlete Dina Asher-Smith to the Young Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday, joining previous winners such as Wayne Rooney, Andy Murray, Theo Walcott and Tom Daley.

"I felt so out of place - I've never done anything like that in my life," said Hill, who met sports stars including Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and former England rugby union player Ben Cohen at the ceremony.

"I can't believe I was rubbing shoulders with people like that. I still feel like I'm just Amber, who does a bit of shooting.

"When my name was announced, I was more scared of getting down the stairs and getting to the stage - you never want to fall over.

"I looked up at the crowd and to be able to speak and accept that award in front of so many people was one of the best moments of my life."

Lacking a ticket for Sunday's televised event, Hill's father travelled to Leeds anyway and managed to see his daughter arrive on the red carpet before finding his way into the arena.

"I was so glad he was able to come," said Hill. "I'm sure he didn't mind sleeping on our hotel room floor."

Hill, 16, is shotgun record-breaker

Hill now lists the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as her "ultimate goal" but believes there is no reason why a shooter cannot also win the senior Sports Personality of the Year title one day.

"Who knows? I'd love to think so," she said. "I've got to keep training and achieving at a high level, and maybe that will come in the future.

"It's so amazing that people recognise my achievements, especially as it's shooting, which hasn't got the recognition I think it deserves.

"Hopefully this award will inspire people to get into shooting - find a local place that does it, and give it a go."