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Paracanoe champion Emma Wiggs discusses ‘when injury strikes’ in new column

Emma Wiggs has enjoyed a stellar sporting career that has so far incorporated Paralympic gold and seven world titles. 

Speaking in her new column for Agility Magazine, Emma recalls the devastation and doubts caused by the injury, and charts her comeback ahead of this year’s World Championships in Hungary.

Emma Wiggs Vl2 Szeged 2018

It’s been a fantastic journey for Emma, who represented Great Britain in sitting volleyball at the 2012 Paralympic Games before switching to paracanoe a year later.

However, just over a year ago her sporting world was turned upside down after an accident in the gym left her with a displaced bone and ruptured ligaments in her wrist that required surgery, just a few weeks ahead of the World Championships.

Speaking in her new column for Agility Magazine, Emma recalls the devastation and doubts caused by the injury, and charts her comeback ahead of this year’s World Championships in Hungary.

She said: “As I sat waiting for surgery with a career threatening injury, I realised my success had become my identity, I was Emma Wiggs, paracanoe Paralympic and world champion… and I was terrified that this was all that defined me and without it who would I be?

“Last winter was a journey the like of which I could never have imagined. I’ve had to search for my identity - if I’m not the canoeist or athlete I was, then who am I?

“I’ve battled with feeling more disabled than ever as I was left with one working limb, I’ve watched team-mates smashing PB after PB while I sit in the corner lifting ‘baby weights’ and I’ve had to approach the racing season without the confidence of knowing I have worked hard, so like every other year I will be stronger and faster than ever.”

Read more here from Emma Wiggs’ fantastic new column in the latest issue of Agility Magazine