British luxury watch company Christopher Ward London are delighted to announce their sponsorship of (Binfield based) Amber Hill, Britain’s youngest and highest performing talent in women’s clay-shooting (‘skeeting’) – in fact she has been heralded as the brightest talent in world shooting.
“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”
Aged just 16 and already the GB number one, Amber joins the Christopher Ward Challengers programme, which supports young people with sporting and cultural ambitions, and the 3 year sponsorship will help fund her training as she aims for gold in Rio 2016.
Precision, time-keeping and mastering perfection of the finer details of craftsmanship are essential elements connecting success in the art of watchmaking and in many sports. It’s that connection that inspired Christopher Ward London to create the ‘CW Challengers’ programme in 2013. In seeking out and supporting challengers who are facing severe challenges on budget and resources, the programme reflects the spirit of independence and determination that has enabled the company, now celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, to challenge the domination of the powerful giants of the luxury watch industry.
Mike France, co-founder of Christopher Ward explains why Amber made the grade as a CW Challenger. “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.”
A combination of revising for GCSEs on planes to various competitions around the world and fitting her schoolwork in around training has allowed Amber to appreciate her position as a professional athlete and the responsibility that comes with it. Quite simply, she takes nothing for granted. Amber’s meteoric success rise to the top tier of women’s shooting and British sport, which in turn saw her named 2013’s ‘BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year’, was all achieved while simultaneously addressing the challenge of her age and education.
As a young woman in a male-dominated and sport, Amber faces, and more importantly overcomes, challenges every single day of her already distinguished career. Simply by taking part in clay-shooting, Amber challenges the common misconception in contemporary society that this is a sport for affluent, usually older, males. Despite the odds being stacked heavily against her, Amber continues to excel in a sport where many others have failed.
Amber is unafraid to put her head above the parapet to let people know that clay-pigeon shooting can be a safe and enjoyable pursuit for everyone, regardless of age, sex or background. Her interest in conveying this message, and ultimately in building awareness of clay-shooting as a whole, has seen her take part in many high-profile media interviews on TV and in other media including Clay Shooter magazine, Field & Rural TV, BASC and the BBC.
The Christopher Ward brand was founded in 2004 as the world’s first pure online luxury watch retailer and the company designs all their own watches at their headquarters in Maidenhead. The watches are all made in Switzerland at the company’s own workshops, overseen by their Master Watchmaker, Johannes Jahnke, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading young watchmakers. http://www.christopherward.co.uk