LEISURE: Olympian bronze medallist returns to school to show off medal


The RS:X windsurfing bronze medallist from the Tokyo Olympics returned to her old school of Ballard to inspire the students with her achievement.

Emma Wilson was the winner of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medal in the RS:X windsurfing event, she grew up in Christchurch and attended Ballard school from Year 3 to Year 6 where she returned for a visit after her success. The windsurfer wanted to share her story and achievements with the students there to inspire them in their own lives and goals.

She is known recently for representing Great Britain in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics however she also has numerous achievements such as winning the RS:X event at the Youth Sailing World Championships in 2016 and 2017, as well as medals at both the 2018 and 2019 RS:X European Championships. 

The children of Ballard had autographs signed and were even allowed to hold and wear her medal while she told them of her experiences leading up to winning it. She commented “It was fantastic to come back to Ballard to take a trip down memory lane and I loved meeting with current pupils, who were really excited to see the medal and hear a bit about my Olympic journey.”

Visiting the school brought back memories of playing football for the first time and eventually going on to win at the Ballard Festival, starting her athletic journey to the Olympics. Emma will be competing in Paris 2024 on a new foiling windsurfer and hopes to eventually bring back the gold medal to Ballard School.


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