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emmawiggsEmma Wiggs’ Twitter: “ Proud Paralympian. Paracanoe World Champion (2013,2014,2015,2016) Current WR holder.”

This former Watford girl is a four times World Champion in the women’s K1 200m KL2 class, most recently claiming gold in Duisburg at the 2016 World Championships and she is also the 2015 European silver medallist in the same event.

Having qualified the Paralympic quota place for GB at the 2015 World Championships, Emma will now race at the British Canoeing Paralympic selection trials on 4 June, with a win required to secure her own nomination for Paralympics GB in Rio, where Paracanoe will make its debut.

Emma represented Great Britain in the GB Sitting Volleyball Team for the London 2012 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. When she was 18, she contracted a virus that initially paralysed her and left her with damaged nerves in her legs. So, with a wheelchair as her “transport”, she managed to follow 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.