News: Joe Neville – 8 Olympics and Counting

amber hill and joe neville

Tomorrow Amber Hill will compete in her first ever Olympic Games.

And while the youngster’s experience at the world’s biggest sporting event may be minimal, her coach Joe Neville has coached shotgun at the Olympic Games for 32 years.

Most athletes are lucky to feature in the Olympics Games once or twice – but Joe Neville MBE is currently at his eighth, yes EIGHTH, Olympics.

Neville has enjoyed a decorated career as both an athlete and a coach with his first Olympic Games back in 1972 when he finished in fourth place which is the best ever finish for a British skeet athlete.

Neville also qualified for the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games but did not attend the latter event in Moscow due to political issues at the time.

After retiring as an International competitor, he embarked on his career as a coach for Team GB in both the trap and skeet disciplines.

His first Olympics as a skeet coach was Seoul in 1988 followed by the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Neville was also present at the Sydney 2000 Olympics as a coach for trap shooter Ian Peel who went on to win a silver medal at the competition.

The 72-year-old attended his sixth Olympic Games in 2004 at Athens and was a coach at the London 2012 Olympics.

Fast forward to 2016 and he will be at his eighth Olympic Games as a coach for Amber Hill who will competing alongside Elena Allen tomorrow in the skeet competition.

Neville has been keen to bring up young talent, Hill, and his partnership with the skeet shooter dates back to 2013 when she was 15-years-old.

In just a few years under Neville’s guidance, the self-confessed ‘girly girl’ has gone from a bright prospect, to winning gold at the European Games in 2015.

The duo work together on his own shooting range in Matlock and also at Churchill Shooting Ground in High Wycombe.

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