Hornchurch Olympic hopeful becomes sporting ambassador

PUBLISHED: 17:36 04 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:39 04 January 2011

James Huckle at the Sports Ambassador Awards February 2010

James Huckle at the Sports Ambassador Awards February 2010

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AN OLYMPIC hopeful who trains in Horchurch has been named as a sporting ambassador for young people in Essex.

James Huckle, 20, a member of Romford Rifle and Pistol Club, will spend time over the next year visiting schools and community projects in Essex to inspire young people to become involved in sport.

At the Commonwealth Games last year in Delhi James won two silver and two bronze medals in the 10m and 50m air rifle competitions.

It is the second year that James has been a Team Essex Ambassador, last year he took part in a range of activities including working with schools and being immortalised in a piece of live art by artist Helen Morse Palmer.

He credits the grant that ambassadors are awarded by Essex County Council, which he spent on travel and equipment, for helping to “push me to a world class stage”.

“It was great to experience even if it had just been for one year. I’m really priveleged to get to do it again,” he said.

James, who was named Essex Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, will find out if he has qualified for the Olympics at the end of the year.

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