It can be tough following in the footsteps of a two-time Olympian parent, but Emma Wilson is well on track to do just that if her results are anything to go by.
From planing on the front of mum Penny’s board as a toddler Wilson has come a long way, demonstrating her potential as a future Olympian by excelling among the youth and junior ranks at world level.
Wilson’s first taste of a world title was at the age of just 12 when she took the U15 Techno 293 World Championship. Moving to the Olympic class windsurfer Wilson’s success continued with the RS:X Youth Worlds title in 2014.
After just missing out on the Youth Worlds title to future Rio 2016 bronze medallist Russia’s Stefania Elfutina in 2015 Wilson would show her drive to succeed coming back to win consecutive Youth Worlds golds in 2016 and 2017. Since then she has fast been becoming a regular fixture in the medal races at senior level.
With the youngster’s determination and will to win, coupled with training alongside the British Sailing Team’s Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Bryony Shaw and her mum’s experience from the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, all things point to a bright future for the Christchurch windsurfer.