Army Shooter Prepares For His Commonwealth Games Debut

The corporal, who serves with 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, is one of three members of the Army’s successful Troops To Target...

Army shooter Stuart Hill is training hard ahead of making his Commonwealth Games debut for Northern Ireland later this year.

The corporal, who serves with 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, will be one of three members of the Army's successful Troops To Target team to feature at the Games.

Hill was introduced to target rifle shooting during his time in as a cadet and displayed early sharp-eyed promise, going on to shoot on the junior international scene with Northern Ireland.

Joining the military as a career meant he took a prolonged sabbatical from shooting as a sport, until his unit encouraged him to join the Army's 'Troops To Target' programme.

With money handed to the Army in gratitude by Group 4 Security after the London 2012 Olympic Games, when the military provided emergency security cover, much has now been invested in many of its sporting teams.

Now, the young corporal is reaping the rewards to convert his nous as a youngster onto the big stage.

Stuart will compete in two events: the 50-metre rifle prone and the 50-metre rifle 3 positions, which includes shooting while standing, kneeling and lying prone.

Hill, along with fellow Army athlete boxer Alanna Nihell and former Royal Air Force pilot and shooting squad member David Calvert, will be part of Northern Ireland's largest team to compete at a Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

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