Teen has modelling career and Paralympic shooting glory in her sights

Amy Hursthouse - Teen queen contestant from Wendover
Amy Hursthouse - Teen queen contestant from Wendover
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A teenager who was born without a left hand has set her sights on both a modelling career and the Paralympic Games.

John Colet student Amy Hursthouse, 14, has not let her disability stand in her way as she is already part of Team GB’s air rifle shooting squad and is now hoping for success in the Teen Queen website competition.

She entered the modelling contest as a way to boost her self-esteem.

Amy said: “I feel really self-conscious about my hand so I thought the modelling would be cool.

“It looked really fun. My friends think it’s really good.”

Amy, of Wendover, discovered the competition when on a school trip and had some free photos taken before finding out she had made the next round.

Her entry for that round has gone live and people are then able to vote for her.

Amy added: “I would love to do modelling as a career.”

Her mum, Julia, said it was unclear why Amy was born without but that she has never allowed it to hold her back.

She said: “It’s just one of those things. They picked it up on my 20-week scan and we had a lot of support for it.

“She seems quite excited about the modelling. She’s very clever at hiding her hand and does get quite embarrassed about it.”

There are also high hopes that the teenager may win a medal for GB at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016.

She already receives some funding towards that goal.

Julia added: “She’s doing well. She’s hoping she might get picked up by some of the sports companies for the modelling of their stuff.”

To vote for Amy visit www.missteenqueenuk.com