Leeds Olympian Nile Wilson announces his retirement from gymnastics

Retiring at just 24, Leeds’ own Nile Wilson has had an impressive career – making him a Yorkshire treasure for many and one that will be incredibly missed in the gymnastics circuit.

Many are excited to see what comes next for the star but are disappointed to see that he won’t be making an appearance at the next Olympic games.

He was the first Briton to win five gold medals at the European Junior Gymnastics Champion and went on to seal his high flying status by becoming the first Britsh gymnast to win an Olympic medal, in Rio 2016.

After all his success, Wilson also turned his hand to becoming an inspiration for younger gymnasts, setting up a YouTube channel with over a million subscribers.

Wilson had hoped to continue breaking records at the now postponed Tokyo games but the gymnast has had a long history of injuries.

In 2018, he managed to claim three gold medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, after recovering from ankle surgery.

In a touching post on Instagram, the gymnast said: “I’ve been sat in my car trying to type this out for way over an hour.

“Today I hang up my handguards & retire from the professional sport of gymnastics… gymnastics you are the best sport in the world!

“You’re my first love, my addiction, you set me free, you gave me purpose and you gave me experiences I could not even have dreamed of!

“Unfortunately my body just couldn’t keep up and that’s okay.

“It is my time to move on and I can’t wait for the next chapter.”

British Gymnastics released a statement saying: “We would like to take this opportunity to wish Nile all the very best for the future.

“As well as his performances on the competition floor, through his personality and online presence, Nile has brought a new audience to the sport of gymnastics.