Newport's Amy Hill hoping for more gold in Glasgow
NEWPORT cyclist Amy Hill returns to the scene of her greatest triumph searching for more gold later this month.
The talented teen, who turned 19 yesterday, is part of a strong Wales cycling team for the Commonwealth Games and she already has experience of winning in Glasgow.
She helped Great Britain’s junior women take gold in the team pursuit at the UCI World Juniors Track Cycling Championships at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome last year.
The Abergavenny RC rider, then aged 18, tasted victory alongside fellow Welsh girls Hayley Jones and Emily Nelson and England’s Emily Kay in the event last August, setting a new world record twice in the process.
Hill is understandably looking forward to returning to Glasgow as part of Team Wales alongside Jones, although she admits to feeling nervous about her first experience of a big multi-sport Games.
“It’s getting pretty close now so we’re all getting excited and a little nervous,” said Hill.
“Last year me and Hayley won the junior world championships there so it will be good to be back there.
“But this is my first international games so it will be big and we are quite a young team so there are nerves there.
“Though we also have the experience of riders who have been there and done it,” she added
“The more experienced riders have been very helpful because they remember being in my position so they can help us through it.”
Chief among Hill’s supporters has been Abergavenny’s double world champion Becky James, who has been forced to withdraw from the Games through injury.
“Becky has been great for me,” said Hill. “When I found out I’d been selected I messaged her and said ‘I’m really nervous’ and she just told me to stay calm and enjoy it.
“I like Scotland. It’s a party country so it should be a great atmosphere and I can’t wait to get up there.
“My parents didn’t manage to get tickets for the track but they’re going up to watch me on the road and a lot of people will be watching on TV and cheering me on.”