OLYMPIC shooter Amber Hill hopes a future champion will emerge from BASC’s record-breaking coaching line at the Essex International Jamboree.
More than 7,200 youngsters are expected to try clay shooting under the experienced guidance of BASC coaches at the week-long event next month.
Amber, who began shooting at age of 10 and has won gold at three major international competitions, misses the event due to being in Rio with the Great Britain shooting team for the 2016 Olympics.
But the 18-year-old, who was crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2013, said: “This opportunity to try shooting is really fantastic. I hope the scouts and guides enjoy clay shooting as much as I do. It has taken me all over the world.
“To hear that over 7000 scouts and guides are going to get the opportunity to try this sport is really exciting. Events such as this mean so much for the future of the sport. Who knows, we may even get to see an Olympic champion come from this.”
Peter Marshall, BASC’s senior sporting services officer, said: “This jamboree is a chance to introduce thousands of young people to shooting sports, and we’re extremely grateful to Amber for her message of support. Scouts and guides interested in shooting couldn’t ask for a finer role model in the sport.”
Mike Hardy, a BASC council member, said: “Amber Hill is a fantastic example to all young people of what can be achieved if they set their mind to a goal.
“The Jamboree gives us a great opportunity to engage with youngsters from a wide range of backgrounds, introducing them to shooting and conservation in an enjoyable, safe and proficient manner. It would be truly fantastic if we could discover somebody to follow in Amber’s footsteps.”