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EYOF 2013 - Day Four: Nile Wilson's Diary

Nile Wilson

July 18, 2013 20:36 pm

Team GB are competing in the 12th European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht this week and will be catching up with 17-year-old gymnast Nile Wilson at the end of each day as he brings us his EYOF diary:

It seems strange to say we’ve not even been here a week yet but that it’s nearly all over.

Today wasn’t the best day for me, I won silver in the individual all-around final and I can’t be not pleased with winning the silver medal but it didn’t go as planned – I made a few mistakes, I fell off the pommel and my landing wasn’t great on the vault.

It was mentally tough picking myself back up after the falls but I felt I dealt with it pretty well. To pick myself up and stay in contention with the medals throughout the entire competition was hard.

From a fall it’s quite easy to dwell on the mistake and get worse and worse. But I knew I needed to pull myself together. My parents were in the crowd as well today so looking up to them and talking to my coach Baz really helped me. It was a struggle but tomorrow is a new day.

If I couldn’t win it though then I’m chuffed to see my teammate Brinn get the gold, he did absolutely amazing today. He thoroughly deserved to win gold, he absolutely destroyed it.

I came to win the gold but unfortunately it wasn’t too be, Brinn got a personal best and I saw some of his apparatus and he did amazing. It was a learning experience though and in the big competitions like this I can use this experience and take it into the future and improve.

The competition isn’t over yet though as I’m in the pommel, rings and parallel bars finals tomorrow, so I have three more chances to get gold and show everyone what I am made of.

I’m looking forward to the p-bars because I’ve a bit more difficulty to put into the routine tomorrow. I haven’t had a chance to perform it at a major international yet so if I perform it like I know I can then I’m confident of doing well.

I’ve really enjoyed being here this week – it’s been a great experience. We know some of the other gymnasts from other countries as we compete against them at other events but it’s been good to meet people from other sports as well.

I had a bit of fun yesterday as well when myself and judoka Enrico Atkinson took over the Team GB twitter feed while we watched the girls win silver in the team gymnastics competition. Rico’s gymnastics knowledge was a little lacking but I made up for that and it was great to see the girls adding another medal to our tally.

Tomorrow’s the last day of competition here, I was so proud to lead out Team GB with the flag at the opening ceremony and I want to go out with a bang and some more medals round my neck before the closing ceremony so I should go get some rest.