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Emma Wiggs MBE

Emma Wiggs MBE

Paracanoe - Podium

Emma is the reigning Olympic and European Champion in the KL2 200m event and the reigning VL2 200m World Champion. She has won a total of severn World Championships and an incredible five European Championships medals throughout her career in paracanoe.

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: 14/06/1980
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: Colin Radmore
Boat Manufacturer: Plastex
Paddles Manufacturer: Cham
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Programme

Results

Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
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
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