2017 ‘Grand Slam’ Champion Emma Wiggs MBE has been nominated for the National Lottery Athlete of the Year Award.
The public vote will decide which athlete is crowned champion in the first ever National Lottery Awards ‘Athlete of the Year’ category.
The paracanoe athlete had a wonderful 2017 season, where she dominated the KL2 class on an international stage.
Emma became the 2017 ‘Grand Slam’ champion - the first ever paracanoeist to hold the World, European and Paralympic titles at the same time.
She started off the ‘Grand Slam’ with the Paralympics in Rio 2016, where she became Champion of the KL2 200m during Paracanoe’s debut at the Games.
That form continued into the 2017 where she triumphed at the European Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, before completing the Grand Slam in Racice, Czech Republic.
2018 has started very much the same way for Emma, winning the European Championships in both the KL2 and VL2 events in Belgrade.
How to vote for Emma:
By heading to https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/emma-wiggs
On Twitter, using hashtag #NLAEmma. (Only one vote per account is allowed)
By calling - 0844 836 9731. (Calls cost 5p but please be advised that connection charges may be applied by some networks, so please check with your provider.)
Voting runs from Wednesday 1 August until midnight on Friday September 14.
Speaking of her nomination, Emma said: “I feel very privileged to be nominated for ‘Athlete of the Year’ at this year’s National Lottery Awards. National Lottery players allow me to represent my country and win medals so it is amazing to be in the running for an iconic National Lottery Award.
“It is a very strong shortlist full of incredible Olympic and Paralympic stars so I am delighted to be on it and I hope the public go out and vote for me!”– Emma Wiggs
Emma beat off stiff competition from a longlist of 120 other worthy contenders to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards.
Emma is one of seven finalists selected by the judging panel for their sporting achievements, passion for their sport and ability to inspire others.
Outside of competition, Emma is a leading advocate of Clean Sports. She was nominated by the UK Anti-Doping Agency to attend the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations international athletes and leaders’ event as a panel member, the only British athlete to do so.
UK Sport Chair and Olympic Rowing gold medallist, Dame Katherine Grainger, said: “National Lottery funding enables athletes to train full time, access to some of the best coaching and facilities in the world and realise their dreams.
“These athletes are not only sporting heroes, but role models who encourage people of all ages and abilities to actively pursue their passions. Please get voting and show your support for these inspirational athletes who have reached the finals of this year’s National Lottery Awards.”
The athlete who finishes in first place will receive a £5,000 cash prize to award to a National Lottery funded project of their choice.
The victorious athlete will also receive an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glitzy awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One on 26 September 2018.
The other shortlisted athletes in this year’s National Lottery Awards are:
Alex Danson (Hockey), Lizzy Yarnold (Skeleton), Mahama Cho (Taekwondo), Duncan Scott (Swimming), Katie Archibald (Cycling), Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe (Para Skiing).