Emma Wiggs

YST Emma Wiggs


As a child Emma was active in a variety of sports.  But, at the age of 18, her mobility in both lower limbs was impaired after she contracted an unknown virus, from which she has never fully recovered.

In 2010 Emma attended a ‘Talent Day’ where her skills and fitness were tested in many Paralympic sports by top Team GB coaches. Emma was quickly offered the chance to train and compete for GB in five different Paralympic sports. She chose Sitting Volleyball, as she enjoyed the team aspect of the sport.

Emma made her Sitting Volleyball debut in 2010 in a match against Paralympic champions, China. After this she decided to move house and change jobs, to focus on her career as an athlete, ultimately dreaming of competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Emma’s dedication paid off and within six months she was selected as captain for the World Championships, leading the team to a bronze medal.  The following years were full of tough training and endless challenges but at London 2012, Emma made her Paralympic debut. 

Since London 2012, Emma has embarked on a new challenge and in March 2013 she was selected for the GB Paracanoe team; competing in the 200m sprint, a discipline vastly different to the physical and competitive challenges of sitting volleyball.  Just months later, Emma's dedication to training led to her selection for the European Championships. Emma triumphed, returning with a gold medal and the world's fastest time. In the same year, she was also triumphant at the World Championships, taking gold.

Having won gold at the World Championships three years on the trot, Emma reached the pinnacle of her sport in Rio when she took gold in the KL2 canoe final at the 2016 Paralympics.

Sport Achievements:

  • Paralympic Gold Medallist
  • Double World Champion
  • World Record Holder.