Emma Wiggs (GBR)

Emma Wiggs (GBR)

GBUnited Kingdom
Paracanoe
Date of birth
14 June 1980
Height
157 cm
Weight
54 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Gemma
Residence
Nottingham, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Science, Teaching - Chichester University: England

Biography

General Interest

Hobbies
Cooking, camping. (Tbritishcanoeing.org.uk, 19 May 2016)
Hero / Idol
British rower Steve Redgrave, British middle distance runner Kelly Holmes. (emmawiggs.co.uk, 07 Sep 2011, channel4.com, 18 Nov 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm just making the best of the bits of me that still work." (bbc.com, 03 Mar 2016)
Other sports
She competed for Great Britain in sitting volleyball before switching to para-canoeing. (britishcanoeing.org.uk, 19 May 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (emmawiggs.co.uk, 05 Aug 2016
Impairment
At age 18 she contracted a virus that affected her neurological system while she was on a gap year in Australia. The illness resulted in paralysis in her legs. "I was chasing and shearing sheep and working on a farm. About six weeks in I contracted a virus, we still don't know where from, but it basically left me paralysed in my arms and legs overnight." (bbc.com, 03 Mar 2016; portsmouth.co.uk, 11 Oct 2011)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She works as a Youth Sports Trust [YST] athlete mentor. (Twitter profile, 24 Aug 2016; britishcanoeing.org.uk, 19 May 2016)

PARALYMPIC LEADER
She captained the Great Britain national sitting volleyball team at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (skysports.com, 2014)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up canoeing in 2012.
Why this sport?
After competing in sitting volleyball for Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she decided to try a different sport afterwards.
Club / Team
Portsmouth Sharks: Portsmouth, ENG
Name of coach
Steve Harris [national]
Training Regime
She trains six days a week at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham, England.

Results

CompetitionEventLocationDateSeasonGenderResultRankMentions
World ChampionshipsKayak single KL2 200mGermany, Duisburg19 May 20162016Women53.6911Latest resultBest result
World ChampionshipsKayak single KL2 200mItaly, Milan19 August 20152015Women53.0231Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200m TAGermany, Duisburg28 August 20132013Women56.9821Best result
Paralympic GamesKayak single KL2 200mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro15 September 20162016Women53.2881Latest resultBest result