Preview: Rio Test Event

Over the next few days, British Shooting’s athletes are travelling Brazil for the Rio 2016 Test Event.

The competition is designed to allow organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to finalise preparations for the Games – as well as providing the athletes with a prime opportunity to get some practice in before the Olympics and acclimatise to the conditions in Rio de Janeiro.

The Rio World Cup runs from the 14th of April to the 25th and will feature all six of the athletes representing Team GB at the Olympics – they will also be joined by other shooters and coaches.

One athlete set to experience Brazil for the first time is young skeet shooter Amber Hill. And she can’t wait to get going.

Speaking before flying out to Rio, the 18-year-old said: “It’s really exciting to be heading out to Rio a few months before the games because it should be a great opportunity to get used to the environment and to be out there will make it sink in that in a few months I will actually be competing in the Olympic Games.

“Every time I go to a competition, I always go for gold but hopefully with this one it will be a great tester about how I want the Olympics to go so I’ll be making my final preparations and making sure everything runs smoothly.

“My preparations are going exactly as planned. I’ve felt good in my first couple of competitions of the season and it fills me with confidence in the next few months. I feel really good this year so hopefully, it all goes well.

Leading the team in South America is former Rifle Shooter Phil Scanlan. Having already managed the shooters at London 2012, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. Something Amber is not taking for granted.

She added: “Phil (Scanlan) is a great guy. He’s a great person to have on the team and a great team leader. He’s been out to Rio a few times and brought back as much information back to us. He’s got a great personality with it and he’s such an easy guy to talk to. He’s a really important character to have.”

Elsewhere in the competition, Ed Ling will compete in the Olympic Trap on Friday and will aim to make his way through qualifying to the finals on Sunday.

Ken Parr will compete in the Air Rifle competition on the 18th April before competing in the Prone on the 20th and 21st of April.

Also on the 21st of April, Jen McIntosh gets her Three Place competition underway that runs until the 22nd of April.

The last athletes to compete in Rio will be Elena Allen and Amber Hill during the 22nd and 23rd of April in the Skeet competition.

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