Episode 43

From a life-changing virus to Paralympic gold - Emma Wiggs

Published on: 11th March, 2021

Emma Wiggs is part of the paracanoe team training for the Tokyo Olympics. This is an excerpt from a video Emma and I made for British Canoeing this week. You can see the whole video on British Canoeing's Facebook page https://fb.watch/4akkfKtV2H/

Emma talks about her journey to the Gold medal in Rio which began when a mystery virus left her paralysed overnight as a teenager.

She trained as a PE Teacher and eventually got involved with paralympic sport....starting with sitting volleyball at London 2012.

It's a really inspiring talk and Emma is a very gifted speaker.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Destination Tokyo
Olympic and Paralympic stories in the run up to the Tokyo Games.
I’ve covered 5 Olympic and 5 Paralympic Games at home and abroad. Tokyo 2020 was to have been numbers 6. So how are the athletes preparing during Covid times. And what are they learning in the run up to the Games. The Podcast lasts around 10 mins and comes out daily, Monday to Friday. I’m also using it to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres to thank them for the help they’ve given my wife and family during her bowel cancer journey.
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Mark Shardlow

Hi - I'm Mark, a Sports Journalist specialising in Olympic and Paralympic Sports. I also help others podcast.