The UKWA are very pleased to announce the winner of the prestigious Windsurfer of the year Trophy for 2017/18 is Emma Wilson. Emma an RSX sailor nominated in the racing category and won the award after a public vote. At just 18 she is one of the youngest recipients of this award and unbelievably this is not the first time she had been nominated for it. As she was one of the nominees in 2014 when she won the Youth world Championships at just 15.
Growing up as the daughter of two-time Olympian and three-time World champion, Penny Wilson (nee Way), it looked inevitable that Emma was destined for greatness on a windsurfer. Emma has done her dues though and worked hard through RYA Zone squad and on to RSX where she has excelled. Winning Youth Championships in 2014, 2016 and now 2017.
Bob Ingram The UKWA Chairman had this to say about Emma “ I have know Emma and her family for many years and so pleased for her following in her mums footsteps and she is a very worthy winner of this award. To win anything once is a great achievement but to defend a title with all the other sailors gunning for your title is both difficult and an extremely challenging physical and mental effort.
Only a true champion can raise their game when the chips are down. Emma is without doubt a real windsurfing star of the future”
We would also like to congratulate all the other worthy nominees. Adam Lewis (Wave) Jim Crossley (Speed) Ross Williams (Slalom) and Nik Hibdige (Freestyle). They do a fantastic job flying the UK flag around the world.
Emma takes over the title of UKWA Windsurfer of the Year from last year’s winner, Freestyler Max Rowe and joins a long line of very worthy winners.