British watch brand Christopher Ward has backed an Olympic hopeful as the latest member of its Challengers programme.
Binfield-based Amber Hill, 16, is Britain’s youngest and highest performing talent in women’s clay-shooting, already ranked as the GB Number 1.
Hill has joined the Christopher Ward Challengers programme, which aims to support young people with sporting and cultural ambitions, to fund her training in the build up to the Brazil Olympics in 2016.
Christopher Ward will sponsor Hill, named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2013, for the next three years.
Hill said: “I am so pleased to be partnering up with Christopher Ward at this stage of my career. As my first corporate partner, I am extremely grateful for their support and I look forward to working with them as my career goes from strength to strength. With the Rio Olympics in my sights, I am safe in the knowledge that Christopher Ward will be there to help me every step of the way which is a wonderful position to be in”
The CW Challengers programme was launched last year to support those facing budgetary or resource-based challenges to their ambition.
Mike France, co-founder of Christopher Ward, commented: “It’s extremely rare to find such an incredible talent as Amber. We are completely inspired by her successes at such a young age, and the combination of her precision skills in such an unusual sport, her tenacious determination and down-to-earth steady approach to her career, impressed us instantly and we are delighted to welcome her as the first female challenger to join our programme, keeping good company with fellow Rio bound GB yachtsman and Fireball class world champion Sam Brearey.”