Nile Wilson

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Leeds-born Nile Wilson is one of the most exciting gymnasts to emerge from the sport in recent times. Considered one of Britain’s best sporting gems, he shot to fame in August 2014, becoming a double gold-winning Commonwealth medalist as the team’s youngest member, aged just 18. He collected a bronze in the all-round event and an individual silver on parallel bars, adding to his hoard of medals. This remarkable achievement in his first senior competition, earned the overnight sensation a place on the Great Britain team, who then went on to make history, finishing 4th at the World Championships in Nanjing, China. Nile’s journey began at a weekend, hour long gym class every Saturday at his local council-run centre in Pudsey, Leeds. His potential was identified early on and he was invited to begin training at the Leeds gymnastic centre of excellence which was then, at the well renowned Carnegie University. As the hours began to stack up, so did the medals, and it was clear to his coaches Dave Murray and Barry Collie, that they had a potential Olympian on their hands. Confirmation came at the Junior European Championships in Sofia (Bulgaria) in May 2014, which ultimately earned Nile his place on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, winning team. He now splits his thirty hour-a-week training schedule between the new Leeds Gymnastic Club and Lilleshall National Sports Complex. His sights are firmly set on Rio 2016, the preparation program now fully in motion.

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