Hill looking to build on Glasgow experience as Team England name shooting squad for Gold Coast

Hill looking to build on Glasgow experience as Team England name shooting squad for Gold Coast
By Sportsbeat

06/12/2017 at 16:51Updated

Amber Hill is confident the experience of her maiden Commonwealth Games can be put to perfect use after being named in the Team England squad bound for the Gold Coast.

Still just 20, a trip to Australia will be Hill's second chance at flying the St. George's flag at Commonwealth level, first making her bow at Glasgow 2014.

But with Olympic, European Games and plenty of World Cup experience now under her belt, this is a shooter far different to the 16-year-old that went to Scotland.

Hill is one of 20 athletes selected across the four shooting disciplines, already boasting 22 Commonwealth medals between them even before heading Down Under.

The shotgun shooter is among those looking to add to the tally, particularly with the experience of competitions past now on her shoulders.

"I'm super excited about the Commonwealth Games, especially with it being in Australia, it will be an incredible experience to represent Team England," she said.

"There will be so much pride when we're out there.

"I've learnt so much since Glasgow and gained so much experience so hopefully I can put it all into practice in Australia.

"It means so much to me to represent Team England."

Around 600 athletes and staff will make the trip to Australia as part of Team England's largest squad for an overseas sporting event.

Boasting a mixture of medal-winning experience and new talent, the hopes of following in the footsteps of Games past are certainly high.

That is none more so than for Steve Scott, champion at both Glasgow 2014 and Delhi 2010, as he looks for the shotgun hat-trick on the Gold Coast.

"It's always an honour to represent England and on a personal level, to be attending my third Commonwealth Games is something I am very proud of," he said.

"The aim will definitely be to try and win another gold medal, but I know it will be tough as the level of competition increases at every Games.

"I have some great memories from the shoot-off against Matthew French in Glasgow and if I come away from the Gold Coast with similar memories then I'm sure it's going to be a brilliant Games."

Rio 2016 trap bronze medallist Ed Ling will also compete, as will wife Abbey, with Matt French, Aaron Heading and Rachel Parish among those looking to replicate their Glasgow 2014 medal feats with the shotgun.

Kristian Callaghan and Victoria Mullin will compete in the pistol, while three-time Commonwealth medallist Ken Parr will lead the rifle team.

And double Glasgow champion David Luckman will look to bring more medals to his full bore collection, as will Parag Patel, a gold medallist in each of the past three Games.

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