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If it’s tough being the daughter of a two-times Olympian, Emma Wilson is coping just fine, finds ROB PEAKE
ROB PEAKE

Emma Wilson is recalling the moment she found out she had been selected for the Olympics. “It was the day after the test event in Enoshima. I was having breakfast and Ian Walker came up and said, ‘Meeting in 10 minutes’. I thought, ‘Oh God, what have I done wrong?’’’

“It is surreal,” says the 20-year-old today, reflecting on her new status as an imminent Olympian. “It’s been my dream for so long.”

Emma is the daughter of Penny Wilson, who represented Britain in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics at Barcelona and Atlanta. “It’s pretty cool. I try to use it to my advantage. She has lots of knowledge that can help me. She’s been through the whole thing and she understands that you have good and bad days. Most of the time she’s just my mum.”

Wilson won her place after a threeway selection battle with Saskia Sills and Bryony Shaw, who won bronze at the Beijing games in 2008.

“She has been the top person for so long and I never thought I’d be in this position,” says Wilson, somewhat shyly.

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