Wilson, 22, from Christchurch in Dorset was third within the ladies’s windsurfer RS:X class on Saturday, 25 years after her mom got here seventh within the 1996 Atlanta Video games.
A former Techno 293 Underneath 15 world champion, Emma Wilson has been pursuing Olympic glory for a number of years.
She simply missed out on medals on the latest world and European championships and completed fourth on the Olympic check regatta two years in the past.
Nonetheless, she sailed to success in Tokyo and picked up Crew GB’s first ladies’s windsurfing medal since Bryony Shaw claimed bronze in Beijing 13 years in the past.
Competing as Penny Means, Mrs Wilson was world windsurfing champion in 1986, 1990 and 1991 however completed exterior the medals for Crew GB on the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
Regardless of her personal successes, Mrs Wilson mentioned she was not the one to encourage her daughter’s desires of sporting achievement.
Being a aggressive little sister, she simply went about making an attempt to beat her brother at no matter he did and he in all probability led her down the trail of windsurfing
She instructed the PA information company: “It was very a lot her factor. She and her brother Dan (knowledgeable windsurfer) noticed the Olympics on tv and mentioned: ‘we wish to try this.’ I don’t suppose she even knew I’d been to the Olympics till she was about 12. It wasn’t huge, it didn’t dominate household life.”
Mrs Wilson mentioned her daughter first received on a board when she was six or seven and commenced taking the game critically from the age of 13.
“Her brother was a extremely good windsurfer,” she mentioned.
“Being a aggressive little sister, she simply went about making an attempt to beat her brother at no matter he did and he in all probability led her down the trail of windsurfing.
“She was enjoying hockey to a excessive stage, tennis to a excessive stage. She then needed to simply consider one as a result of she was getting too exhausted.
“A number of the choices she needed to make have been actually, actually tough. ‘What sport do I do?’, was the primary one however then, ‘shat do I do with my training? Can I do bits of it later?’
“I believe for me, and for her too, it (successful the bronze medal) justifies a variety of the tough choices she needed to make.”
Earlier than Emma left for Tokyo she received recommendation from coach Barry Edgington and her mom on a number of the pressures to anticipate.
“She’s had a completely completely different expertise to me. Barry and I have been in a position to put together her, as Barry went to the Olympics with me in 1992 and 1996 after which carried on as a coach,” Mrs Wilson mentioned.
“She was well-prepared for the way demanding the Olympics might be and that the easiest way to deal with it’s to take pleasure in each second, and I believe that’s what she’s performed.
“I really feel actually proud – each pleasure and aid that she’s going to come back residence completely happy.”