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Emma Wiggs MBE

Emma Wiggs MBE

Paracanoe - Podium

Emma made history in 2021 when she became the first ever female Paralympic Paracanoe Champion in the VL2 200m event. She also went on to win the silver medal in the KL2 200m event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in September – the first female athlete to win two Paracanoe medals at a single Games.

Emma is a nine-time world champion, picking up the gold in the VL2 200m event less than a fortnight after the Paralympic Games.

In 2017 Emma achieved the Paracanoe 'Grand Slam' holding the Paralympic, European and World titles within the calendar year when she became Paralympic Champion in the KL2 200m at Paracanoe's debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. 

In 2012 Emma represented Great Britain in the GB Sitting Volleyball Team at the  London Paralympic Games. After the Games she embarked on a mission to find a sport that would give her a chance to be the best she could be and found canoeing was the answer.

Emma grew up in Watford and throughout her schooling was very active, excelling at hockey. When she was 18, she went on a GAP year to Australia and contracted a virus that initially paralysed her and left her with irreparable damaged nerves in her legs.  Despite this life changing event Emma was determined to pursue her chosen career as a PE teacher; studying Sports Science and gaining a PGCE in secondary PE, she started work in West Sussex in 2004.

Profile

Date of Birth: 1980
Born: Harrow, Middlesex
Hometown: Diseworth, Derbyshire
Lives: Loughborough, Leicestershire
Occupation: Teacher & Athlete Mentor for Youth Sports Trust / Athlete
Height / Weight: 1.57m / 55kg
Hobbies: Cooking and camping

Discipline

Class: Paracanoe - Women's K1 200m KL2 & V1 200m VL2
Paralympics: London 2012 (Sitting Volleyball)
Disability: Nerve damage in her legs
Paddling since: 2013
Coach: Matt Lawrence
Boat Manufacturer: Plastex
Paddles Manufacturer: Cham
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Programme

Results

Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2021 Tokyo:
VL2 200m Gold
KL2 200m Silver
Copenhagen:
VL2 200m 1st
KL2 200m -2nd
2019 Szeged:
VL2 200m - 1st
KL2 200m - 2nd
Poznan:
VL2 200m - 1st
KL2 200m - 2nd
WC1 Poznan:
VL2 200m - 1st
KL2 200m - 2nd
2018 Montemor-o-Velho:
VL2 200m - 1st
KL2 200m - 2nd
Belgrade:
KL2 200m - 1st
VL2 200m -1st
WC1 Szeged:
VL2 200m - 1st
KL2 200m - 1st
2017 Racice:
KL2 200m - 1st
Plovdiv:
KL2 200m - 1st
2016 Rio:
KL2 200m - 1st
Duisburg:
KL2 200m - 1st
Nottingham:
KL2 200m - 1st
2015 Milan:
KL2 200m - 1st
Racice:
KL2 200m - 2nd
2014 Moscow:
K1 200m TA - 1st
V1 200m TA - 1st
Brandenburg:
K1 200m TA - 2nd
V1 200m TA - 1st
2013 Duisburg:
K1 200m TA - 1st
Montemor -o-Velho:
K1 200m TA - 1st