Wilson hopes Glasgow will be just the start

THE Commonwealth Games is no Olympics, it is said. But try telling that to gymnast Nile Wilson.

Nile Wilson, who has been training as a gymnast with City Of Leeds Gymnastics since the age of five.

The Leeds teenager is buzzing ahead of his major international debut, vowing to “absolutely tear it up” at Glasgow 2014. Because at 18, an Olympics is likely to follow.

Wilson is the youngest and most inexperienced of the English male quintet heading to Glasgow with the Leeds teenager joining Olympic medallists Sam Oldham, Max Whitlock, Kristian Thomas and Louis Smith MBE.

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The more established members of the team all hit the heights at London 2012, but for Wilson the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will do just fine.

If the Pudsey lad has his way, Rio 2016 will be next.

Wilson said: “In terms of the event and the publicity of it, it’s absolutely massive.

“Obviously, the teams that are going aren’t as strong as the Olympic Games and the Europeans and worlds and stuff.

“But for me it feels massive and I think when I get out there it will feel real and I’ll feel the nerves and things that come with it.

“It feels really major to me and hopefully I will go out there and do really well.

“And I think this is probably the start for me. I’ve made the team and hopefully I can go there and prove that I deserve to be there. Hopefully the world championships and the Europeans and also the Olympics will come after it.”

Wilson’s competition begins on Monday and the Leeds youngster will travel to Glasgow on Friday.

He added: “I haven’t been to the Commonwealth Village so I’m really excited for that on Friday.

“I’ve seen photos and stuff on Twitter and it looks really good.

“To be competing at the Commonwealth Games is really exciting and I hope to go there and absolutely tear it up.”