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EYOF 2013: Nile Wilson's diary

Nile Wilson

July 15, 2013 17:18 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:

Well here we are in Utrecht (The Netherlands) and I’m preparing to start competing tomorrow in the team competition, which is also the qualification stage for individual events.

Last night was an amazing and surreal experience for me as I got to carry the Union Flag and lead Team GB into the Galgenwaard Stadion in Utrecht for the opening ceremony of the European Youth Olympic Festival.

I have to thank my gymnastics Team Leader Barry Collie (Baz) for nominating me in the first place and the rest of my Team GB teammates for voting for me, I was honoured and it’s a night I’ll never forget.

We paraded around the athletics track and I then stood in the middle of the pitch with all the other flag bearers as the ceremony continued. I guess it was my moment in the spotlight before the competition really starts and it was brilliant.

Baz was really chuffed for me and just told me to enjoy the experience as much as I could. It helped that I wasn’t competing today though as I’m not sure how pleased he would’ve been if we were and I got tired from waving the flag!

The Team GB Chef de Mission and double Oympic gold medallist Sarah Gosling said I did a great job as well so I can’t ask for much more than that.

We’ve settled into the Athletes Village pretty well since arriving on Saturday and all the team are getting along really well already, which is good considering we’ve only known each other for a few days.

We’re staying in apartments with about six rooms in them – it’s just gymnasts in my room but there’re swimmers in our apartment as well which helps with us all mixing together.

The food’s pretty good in the food hall it can get quite busy with all the different countries and athletes eating together.

We were up early to train today and are focussed on competing tomorrow so we couldn’t go and watch the tennis team, but we’ve heard the boys did really well so we can’t wait to get going ourselves now – hopefully I’ll have good news for you all tomorrow.