Leeds gymnast Nile nominated for Sports Award

England's Nile Wilson on his way to winning gold during the Men's Horizontal Bar Final at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
England's Nile Wilson on his way to winning gold during the Men's Horizontal Bar Final at the Commonwealth Games. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.
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Gold medal-winning teenage gymnastics sensation Nile Wilson has been nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

The five-time junior European champion, who trains at Leeds Gymnastics Club in Seacroft, is the most decorated junior gymnast in history.

He bagged 32 medals in 2013 – 18 of them gold. And as well as his glut of medals and an English and British championship, the year also featured appearances at the Australian Youth Olympics, the European Youth Olympics, the Junior Japan Cup and the World School Games in Brazil.

Having only turned 18 in January, he was the youngest gymnast representing England at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

But the Pudsey Grangefield School pupil, who trains six days a week, put in a dazzling performance that helped England bag gold in the men’s gymnastics team final – the first time since 2002 England has won the team competition.

He also took the Commonwealth individual gold on high bar; was a member of the GB team taking fourth place at the recent World Championships in China as well as individually placing fourth in the world for high bar.

Gaynor Connor, chair of Leeds Gymnastics Club, said: “We believe he deserves national recognition for his phenomenal achievements so we have nominated him for the BBC Young Sports personality of the Year.”

A tweet from the club urges the public to follow their lead and nominate him too.

Previous winners include Wayne Rooney, Jenson Button, Andy Murray and Tom Daley.

Fill in a nomination form at www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/sports-personality/29317936 before November 2, 2014.

Do you agree with Niles’ nomination? Who else from Leeds do you think deserves to be nominated?

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