Promising Wilson has big ambitions
When it comes to the sport of gymnastics, Sadia Wilson is perhaps as natural as they come.
What started out as a hobby has evolved into a very promising career for the 11-year-old Bermuda High School for Girls student.
“My Papa (Glaggett Foggo) took me to the BGA (Bermuda Gymnastics Association) Summer Camp at Whitney Institute to learn how to do a handstand properly,” Wilson recalled.
“Coach Mandi Baughman noticed that I continued to practice when all the other children were playing at break time and lunch time. So she recommended that I join the Mini Mites (the Junior Beginners Team) at BGA’s National Training Centre at Southside.”
Since then the cousin of Devonshire Cougars and Bermuda footballer Domico Coddington hasn’t looked back. In fact, in a short period of time she has achieved more in her chosen sport than some athletes do in a lifetime.
Wilson demonstrated the enormous potential she possesses when she won gold medals for the vault, beam, bars and all-round disciplines as well as a bronze for the floor competing in the junior women’s individual apparatus and all round competition at last year’s Inter-Island Games last year.
More recently she led Bermuda to first place honours in the Gold level meet after beating out eight other formidable teams at the Manhattan Classic in New York. For added measure, Wilson won the balance beam and all-round titles in her respective age group (Junior).
That the promising gymnast has been able to succeed owes much to adherence to a very strict diet, courage and having faith in her coaches.
”We must always make good food choices and drink lots and lots of water,” she said. “We must learn to overcome our fears and trust our coaches.”
Discipline has also played a major factor in Wilson’s success to date.
“We must be disciplined and do lots of training especially strength training and still have fun with our team-mates and friends and get good grades in school,” the Devonshire resident added.
Wilson enjoys every aspect of gymnastics but takes particular liking to the floor discipline.
“In the floor I get to show off my skills,” she said. “I am able to move more freely and I get to express myself and my skills to music.”
Wilson’s athletic ability transcends gymnastics as she also dabbles in track and field. She says her ultimate goal in athletics is to represent Bermuda in major international competitions.
“I want to represent my country at the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics,” said Wilson, who also wants to become an architect one day. “I have a long way to go and a lot more to learn.”
The budding gymnast is currently preparing herself for upcoming competition where she again intends to put her best foot forward in pursuit of excellence in her chosen sport.
“I am looking forward to testing my level 8 skills at the International Gymnastics Competition at our gym on Southside in March,” she said. “Teams are coming here from overseas to compete against us.”
Wilson is also due to travel to Florida in June to compete at the USAIGC Nationals.