Nile Wilson Bio: Career & Retirement

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Nile Michael Wilson is a former British artistic gymnast who has won medals in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Olympics.

Having given more than 12 precious years of his life to the sport he loves, Nile Wilson has earned great recognition. 

Along with being an Olympic medal-winning athlete, Nile is famous in the industry for his kind demeanor, patience, and hard work.

Nile Wilson after winning a medal for his country in the 2016 Rio Olympics (Source: Team GB)
Nile Wilson after winning a medal for his country in the 2016 Rio Olympics (Source: Team GB)

So, What does Nile Wilson do after retiring from gymnastics? We will dive into an Olympian’s life in detail.

But first, let us look at some quick, interesting facts about Nile Wilson.

Quick Facts

Full Name Nile Michael Wilson
Birth Date January 17, 1996 
Birth Place Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Nick Name Wilsonator
Religion Christianity
Nationality British
Ethnicity Caucasian
Education Pudsey Grangefield School
Horoscope Capricorn
Father’s Name Neil Wilson
Mother’s Name Sally Wilson
Siblings One Sister: Joanna
Age  28
Height 166 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 62kg 
Discipline Men’s artistic gymnastics
Hair Color Light brown
Eye Color Dark brown
Body Type Athletic
Profession Artistic Gymnast
Team British Men’s Gymnastics team
Started Career 2014
Competitions Played
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • 2015 World Championships
  • 2016 Summer Olympics
  • 2017 World Championships
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games
Active Years in Gymnastics 2014-2021
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend Gabrielle Paige 
Kids Not any
Net Worth $500K – $750K
Club Manchester Academy of Gymnastics
Level Senior international elite
Social Media Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tiktok
YouTube Content Genre Vlogs and Gymnastics Video
Years Active on YouTube 2009–present
YouTube Subscribers 1.52 Million
Total views 340 Million +
Retirement January 14, 2021
Merch My Story (Hardcover), Raising The Bar (Paperback)
Last Update May, 2024

Nile Wilson | Early Life, Family, and Education

Nile Michael Wilson, the olympian, was born on January 17, 1996. Furthermore, Nile was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, to his parents, Neil and Sally Wilson. 

Talking about his education, Wilson attended Farsley Farfield Primary School for his basic schooling. Likewise, he later completed his high School Education at Pudsey Grangefield School. 

Nile isn’t the only kid in his family. He was raised along with his younger sister Joanna.

Interestingly, his sister is also a gymnastics enthusiast and a national-level player.

Likewise, Nile Wilson also has a celebrity connection in the family. He is the great-nephew of cricket player Charles Duncan Fearnley.

Clumsy as a Kid 

The medal-winning athlete had an interesting childhood with many ups and downs in the early phase of his life. Initially, as a kid, Nile wasn’t much into sports.

He stated that he was a clumsy kid whose parents worried about him and his future.

The clumsiness had led him to many injuries where some of which got imprinted as scars on his body for a lifetime. 

The parents’ worry led them to enroll their child in gymnastics with the intent of helping their kid cope with the clumsiness and be ready for what life has to offer.

This was when all started and marked a remarkable journey for Nile Wilson.

A clumsy kid who developed an interest in gymnastics because he was enrolled to cope with clumsiness later had a great career ahead in the sport.

Nile Wilson competing in a championship in his early days (Source: Instagram)
Nile Wilson competing in a championship in his early days (Source: Instagram)

Isn’t that great to hear only? Indeed it is. It is well said that your childhood shapes your life.

Nile now has prepared himself to overcome any problem in his life as his parents taught him to do so. This event in his childhood has shaped his mind, where nothing can pull him down. 

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 Age, Height, and Weight

As of 2024, Nile Wilson is  28 years old. Likewise, weighing over 62kg, the artistic gymnast stands 166 cm (5 ft 5 in) tall. 

Nile Wilson | Career 

Having spent some early years as a kid who didn’t like any sports, Nile Wilson has come a long way to be in the position he is today in the sports fraternity.

After his parents enrolled him in gymnastics, he slowly developed a great interest in the sport. 

Likewise, Nile caught the eyes of trainers in the gym, who started working with him closely. His trainers put him through several hours of training to get his skills polished for the 2004 Olympics.

However, he, unfortunately, injured himself and had to rest for a while, which put him under stress, and he got depressed.  

Nevertheless, his determination got him back and rolling, and after returning, he won the British Junior Championship in March 2014.

Wilson grabbed the Young Sportsman male honor at the event. It was the first of many awards Nile bagged in his gymnastics career. 

In May, he competed at the 2014 European Championships in Sofia, winning five gold medals. Furthermore, this achievement made Nile the first-ever British gymnast to win five gold medals in the championship.

World Level Competitions 

Nile competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Championship, where he helped the British team bag a gold medal.

Likewise, he bagged 3 individual medals in the competition: a gold in the horizontal bar, a silver in parallel bars, and finally, a bronze one in individual all-round. 

Furthermore, in the 2015 World Championships held in Glasgow, his team came home with a silver medal.

Nile Wilson won a bronze medal in the horizontal bar, making him the first British gymnast to win a bronze medal in the flat bar event in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

To bring upon his 2017 World Championships, Wilson faced an injury on his left ankle ligament while training.

He competed in the 2017 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships but finished in the sixth spot.

Nile Wilson showing off a stunt competing for his team in the 2016 Olympics (Source: Daily Express)
Nile Wilson showing off a stunt competing for his team in the 2016 Olympics (Source: Daily Express)

The 2018 Commonwealth Games was the most successful championship in his entire career. He won three gold medals: one with the British team and two others in individual all-around and horizontal bars.

However, this was not the end of his medal tally in this championship. He won two silver medals in the rings and parallel bars. 

Nile Wilson | Retirement from Gymnastics

Retirement is certainly an emotional and heartbreaking moment for an athlete. Every athlete wants to be fully dedicated to the sport they love.

But, when you have to retire at an early age due to a circumstance. No one wants that to happen.

However, Nile Wilson’s life suffered a blow when he had to retire from a sport where he achieved great heights due to health problems. Wilson announced his retirement through his Youtube channel.

He uploaded a video titled “I’ve Retired from Gymnastics” to his YouTube channel on January 14, 2021, explaining why he retired from gymnastics. 

 After taking an off from his professional gymnastics, Nike raises his voice against cultural abuse in the arena.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he claimed he was “without a doubt” abused during his training. Further, he was subject to emotional manipulation and was forced to survive in fear of his coaches.

Wilson also told BBC Sport that he waited until retirement to speak against wrongdoings as he was scared of losing his profession, including deselection from the British Olympic team.

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Nile Wilson: A YouTube and Tiktok Star

Apart from competing in various world championships and getting the medal for the country, he has a separate life and Career in the video streaming platforms YouTube and Tiktok. 

Nile has a channel named Nile Wilson on YouTube, where he uploads videos related to gymnastics and some vlogs showing his daily life.

On YouTube, his channel description says, Olympic Gymnast endeavoring to show you how incredible this sport is! Become a Wilsonator…”

Nile has over 1.52 Million subscribers on Youtube who love watching his videos. Furthermore, his channel has got over 322 Million views in its lifetime.

Likewise, Wilson is also a fan favorite in the famous video app Tiktok. His handle, named @nilewilsonator, has over 975K followers on Tiktok.

He uploads serious gymnastics-related videos showing his talent and love for the sport and fun videos, including dances and videos on trending topics.  

Undoubtedly, Nile is an all-rounder who has lived his life as an athlete, influencer, and content creator. 

Social Media Presence

Being an athlete, Youtuber, and TikToker, Nile Wilson is active on social media. He loves updating his life to his fans through various social media platforms.

Nile is active on Instagram, where he constantly posts about gymnastics (obviously), his photoshoots, life updates, and paid and sponsored posts.

With over 495K followers, Nile Wilson is quite famous among his admirers on the platform.

Likewise, Wilson loves tweeting and connecting with his fans through his Twitter account. He is followed by over 54K people on Twitter as well.

Also, Wilson has a Facebook page where he is pretty active too.   

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Nile Wilson | Girlfriend

Being a famous person, Nile Wilson certainly has many fans, and fans would want to know what’s going on with his love life and personal life.

And luckily for the fans, Nile Wilson has made it crystal clear. He is dating Gabriella Paige, a blogger seen several times on Nile’s social media accounts.

Nile Wilson with his girlfriend Gabriella Paige (Source: CELEB LIFE REEL)
Nile Wilson with his girlfriend, Gabriella Paige (Source: CELEB LIFE REEL)

However though the couple has been dating for a long time, they are not married yet. And the couple also doesn’t have any kids yet. 

Nile Wilson | Net Worth

Having performed in the most incredible stages and developed his sports and social media career, Nile Wilson has earned good fortune.

Wilson doesn’t have only one source of income. He did pay for and sponsored Tiktok and Instagram posts which earned him a significant amount of money from brands and companies.

Likewise, from his Youtube channel, he makes tons, including ad revenue and Youtube views earnings.

Furthermore, the athlete does various brand collaborations where his pocket gets filled. Evaluating multiple sources of earnings, we can assume the net worth of Nile Wilson to be a considerable number. 

The Olympic medal-winning athlete and a Youtube and Tiktok star Nile Wilson has a whooping net worth of $500K-$750K. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does Nile Wilson’s Father do?

The British gymnast’s Father, Neil Wilson, has officially become a full-time Youtube vlogger with his son. The father-son duo has a channel named Neil and Nile Vlogs.

It is said that Neil left his job to become a Youtuber. However, we don’t exactly know what he did before that.

What is Nile Wilson doing now? 

Though Nile Wilson has retired from competitive gymnastics, he is a full-time Youtuber and still uploads videos of himself doing various stunts.  

Does Nile Wilson own a gym?

Yes, he owns a 12,000 square feet gymnastic club in Dinnington, Rotherham.

Furthermore, an 11,000 square feet space in Bramley, Leeds, is a new addition to his club profile in 2021.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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