Mica Moore crowned Welsh 100m Champion in Cardiff

Mica Moore crowned Welsh 100m Champion in Cardiff

EMERGE Sports athlete Mica Moore bolstered her chances of securing her place in the Wales squad for next year’s Commonwealth Games last weekend, by claiming the Welsh 100m title at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Saturday. Mica beat Birchfield Harriers teammate Melissa Roberts on the line to secure her first gold at the Welsh Championships.

Her time of 11.69 seconds was a personal best, and whilst Mica currently sits just outside of the individual qualification standards, she has boosted her chances of a second consecutive Commonwealth Games appearance as part of Wales’ 4x100m team.

Claiming the top spot on the podium is the culmination of a lot of hard work after a tough couple of years off the track for Mica; speaking to BBC Sport, she said: “I knew it was going to be tough but the season has gone well. The last two years have been difficult through injury and illness so I am glad to be back in some kind of form.”

Last weekend’s victory marked the start of a very busy period for Mica, as she pursues her goal of competing at both next year’s Commonwealth Games and the Winter Olympics, where she is aiming to represent Team GB in the bobsleigh pair; a task that Mica herself knows is challenge, but not impossible.

Mica has recently returned to bobsleigh training ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next February. If successful in her bid for Commonwealth Games qualification, Mica will join Team Wales just two months later, as the competition takes place from 4-15 April on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The two sports share very similar physical attributes, which is a huge benefit for Mica: “The bobsleigh work is helping my athletics start and given me a lot more power there. The running is helping my bobsleigh in terms of keeping up with the sled,” she told BBC Sport.

“It’s such an exciting time and I am looking forward to what’s happening in the next year.”

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Nekoda Davis to share athlete’s perspective at Elevate 2017

Nekoda will be switching from the mat to the stage next week to take part in a panel discussion at Elevate 2017, a two-day conference and exhibition taking place at London’s ExCeL.

As the UK’s largest cross-sector event, Elevate brings together representatives from the physical activity sector, academia, healthcare, policy makers, local authorities and performance experts.

Nekoda will feature in the Duty of Care Seminar on Thursday afternoon, alongside Director of Switch the Play and former international rugby player Leon Lloyd, and Sport Psychologist at the English Institute of Sport Sarah Cecil.

Nekoda will offer delegates the athlete’s perspective and an unrivalled insight into the aspects required to compete successfully, whilst maintaining the balance of physical and mental wellbeing.

Elevate 2017 is free to attend – Register here to confirm your place.

For more information, visit www.elevatearena.com.

Emerge Sports Management

Emerge Sports Management Confirms Two New Signings

EMERGE Sports Management has announced the signing of two new athletes, as Rio 2016 gold medallist hockey player Shona McCallin MBE and Welsh sprinter & GB bobsleigh athlete Mica Moore become the latest international sports stars to join the agency’s growing team of talented female athletes.

24-year-old McCallin was part of last summer’s history-making GB women’s hockey team, achieving her 50th combined international appearance for Great Britain and England in the Olympic final, where Team GB won its first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport.

McCallin’s journey to Olympic gold saw her earn more than 80 caps as a junior international player, including captaining the u21s team to fourth place and their highest ever finish at a Junior World Cup in 2013. She made her debut for the senior Great Britain team in the same year and achieved her first major accolade as a senior player at the EuroHockey Championships in 2015, where the team won gold.

24-year-old Moore, whose career as an athlete began at the age of 13, was part of the Welsh squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where the team broke the national record in the 4x100m relay final. Moore has also enjoyed significant success at domestic level, winning multiple Welsh age group, school, junior and senior titles across 60m, 100m and 200m distances.

In 2016, alongside her promising athletics career, Moore made the decision to join GB Bobsleigh, making her competitive debut at the North American Cup circuit in November where she won a bronze and two silver medals. Since then, the multi-sport athlete has represented Great Britain at the Bobsleigh World Cup (Whistler, Canada), the European Championships (Winterberg, Germany) and the World Junior Championships, where she won gold with teammate Mica McNeill.

The Team GB athletes join EMERGE Sports Management alongside Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Emma Wiggs MBE, England vice-captain and Arsenal Ladies’ midfielder Jordan Nobbs, Commonwealth Games champion judoka Nekoda Davis and GB Badminton’s Chloe Birch.

Commenting on today’s announcement, McCallin said: “It’s a hugely exciting time to be a part of women’s sport and I’m delighted to be involved with a sports management company that recognises this too. After speaking with Jenny, I knew instantly that EMERGE was perfect to represent me and my values as an athlete.” Moore added: “EMERGE came highly recommended to me and I’m really excited to be joining a team of such talented female athletes. I’ve got a busy 18 months ahead as I prepare for next year’s competitions, and knowing that I have the support and experience of the EMERGE team alongside me is a real asset.”

Jenny Forbes, head of business development at EMERGE, said: “We have been focused on working with athletes that share our vision at EMERGE Sports Management from the very start and both Shona and Mica do exactly that.

“Both athletes are incredibly determined and driven; Mica is a really unique proposition, not only competing in two very different disciplines but targeting the highest level in both sports, and Shona’s impressive performances on the pitch are matched by an attitude and ambition that has already contributed to her team’s outstanding achievement at last summer’s Olympic Games and we’re thrilled to be working with them both.”

EMERGE Sports Management was launched to work with talented female athletes to enhance their off-the-field marketing, communications and commercial success. For more information visit http://emergesportsmanagement.co.uk.

Emma Wiggs MBE

Emma Wiggs receives MBE following Rio 2016 gold medal win

EMERGE athlete Emma Wiggs today received her MBE for services to canoeing; an honour awarded as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list following her impressive gold medal-winning performance at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Emma was presented her MBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, alongside British Canoeing teammates Anne Usher and Jeanette Chippington, who also won gold in Rio.

A former sitting volleyball player, Emma switched to paracanoe after London 2012 and has won five world title in four years. In Rio, she won gold in the women’s K1 200m KL2 final by more than a boat length ahead of her nearest rival.

Commenting on the news, Emma Wiggs said: “I’m immensely proud to receive my MBE today surrounded by my family who have made all I’ve ever achieved possible.

“I feel humbled to be honoured in this way and would like to accept it on behalf of everyone at British Canoeing & the wider canoeing community who are passionate about paddling and passionate about performing at the highest level.”

For more information about Emma, visit www.emmawiggs.co.uk or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact jenny@emergesportsmanagement.co.uk.

GB Badminton’s Chloe Birch signs to EMERGE Sports Management

Tuesday 07 March, 2017 – GB Badminton’s Chloe Birch is the latest name to join the EMERGE Sports Management team.

Ranked number two in England, the 21-year-old first represented her country at just 11 years old and has already enjoyed success at junior level, winning 11 National singles titles and claiming runner-up in her first national final as a senior last year. She has also represented Great Britain in women’s doubles, winning four international titles to date.
A recent graduate of Loughborough University, Chloe’s successful junior career positioned her well in the transition to senior international competition, with her sights set on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Jenny Forbes, business development manager for EMERGE, added: “Chloe is a brilliant addition to the talented team of athletes we work with and we’re looking forward to supporting her every step of the way on her journey to the Gold Coast and beyond.

“Badminton needs ambassadors who will inspire the next generation of players in the years to come and with the sport one of the most impacted by the recent UK Sport funding cuts, it’s now more important than ever that athletes like Chloe are given as much off-the-field support as possible so she can continue to focus on what she does best.”
On signing with EMERGE, Chloe said: “I’m really excited to join EMERGE; we’re facing a challenging time ahead as a sport but I’m more determined than ever to do all that I can to compete at the highest level. Commonwealth Games qualification is the priority over the coming months and with Tokyo 2020 my ultimate aim, I’m really looking forward to the opportunities that working with EMERGE will bring.”

EMERGE Sports Management was launched to offer something different to the sports industry, working with talented female athletes to enhance their off-the-field marketing, communications and commercial success.

Chloe joins EMERGE alongside athletes including Paralympic gold medallist Emma Wiggs MBE, England vice-captain and Arsenal Ladies’ Jordan Nobbs and Olympian & multiple British Champion judoka Nekoda Davis.

For more information visit www.emergesportsmanagement.co.uk.

Jordan Nobbs named London Women’s Player of the Year at London Football Awards 2017

Arsenal Ladies’ Jordan Nobbs was named London Women’s Player of the Year at last night’s London Football Awards.

Launched in 2015 by former Arsenal goalkeeper and TV presenter Bob Wilson OBE, the Awards are independently judged by representatives from the sport’s governing bodies, charity and business, the sports media and London football legends and recognise outstanding performances and achievements from across all 14 London clubs.

ESRG Ambassador Nobbs beat England teammates Karen Carney, Katie Chapman and Arsenal’s Danielle Carter to the award, as well as last year’s winner Eniola Aluko; it is the latest accolade to recognise the midfielder’s outstanding season so far, having been named Vauxhall England Player of the Year at the FA Women’s Football Awards in December.

Nobbs is one of a growing number of female athletes managed by EMERGE Sports Management, a talent management agency backed by investment partners ESRG and launched in partnership with marketing specialists 100AND10%.

Alongside Jordan, the EMERGE team includes Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Emma Wiggs MBE, Commonwealth Games Champion judoka Nekoda Davis and GB Cycling’s Jessica Roberts.

Amongst the big winners at the London Football Awards 2017 were current Premier League leaders Chelsea, with Antonio Conte named Manager of the Year and N’Golo Kanté winning Premier League Player of the Year. Former Chelsea and West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard was also awarded the Outstanding Contribution to London Football prize.

The star-studded awards ceremony was hosted by football legend Gary Lineker, with all proceeds from the night going to Willow, the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults. Willow was founded by Bob Wilson OBE and his wife Megs, in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of cancer in 1991 at the age of 31.

For details on all the winners from the London Football Awards 2017 and information about Willow and how to donate, visit www.londonfootballawards.org.

ESRG Ambassador Jordan Nobbs captains the Lionesses in draw against Olympic medallists Sweden

ESRG Ambassador and EMERGE athlete Jordan Nobbs took the armband for last week’s friendly against Rio 2016 silver medallists Sweden, in what was the final game before the team returned home from pre-season training in La Manga, Spain.

England Ladies’ manager Mark Sampson made 10 changes to the side that lost against European Championship finalists Norway the week before; despite some impressive periods of play, clear-cut chances were hard to come by and a penalty save by England’s Siobhan Chamberlain resulted in a 0-0 draw.

The Lionesses now have a five-week break before heading out to the US for the SheBelieves Cup in March. Now in its second year, the annual tournament will see England take on the top three ranked teams in the world; USA, Germany and France in their opener on 01 March.

Jordan will return to domestic duty when Arsenal Ladies take on Notts County in the opening fixture of the FA Women’s Super League Spring Series on 23 April. The one-off competition has been introduced to bridge the gap between the seasons as part of the league’s new schedule, which will now be played alongside the traditional football calendar.

The competition will also provide valuable playing time ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

Rio 2016 gold medallist Emma Wiggs awarded MBE in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list

EMERGE Sports Management athlete Emma Wiggs was amongst the ParalympicsGB gold medallists to be recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, receiving an MBE for services to canoeing.

 

A former sitting volleyball player, Wiggs switched to paracanoe after London 2012 and has won five world title in four years. In Rio, she won gold in the women’s K1 200m KL2 final by more than a boat length ahead of her nearest rival.

 

Commenting on the news, Emma Wiggs said: “I’m utterly speechless and overwhelmed to receive an MBE. I feel so incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to be part of British Canoeing and the wider British Paralympic team and extremely humbled that paddling my kayak and working so hard to be better today than I was yesterday, has resulted in this recognition.

 

“I certainly wouldn’t be here without the phenomenal team of staff, volunteers and other athletes that exist in our truly unique and wonderful sport, so I would like to accept this on behalf of everyone who is passionate about paddling and passionate about performance!”

 

For more information about EMERGE and Emma Wiggs, visit www.emergesportsmanagement.co.uk.

ESRG Ambassador & EMERGE athlete Jordan Nobbs named Vauxhall England Player of the Year 2016

Huge congratulations to ESRG Ambassador and EMERGE Sports Management athlete Jordan Nobbs, who was named Vauxhall England Player of the Year 2016 at last weekend’s FA Women’s Football Awards.

The 23-year-old vice-captain beat teammates Karen Carney, Steph Houghton and Jill Scott in a public poll to win the award.

The Arsenal Ladies’ midfielder has already secured 33 senior caps for her national side and played a central part in the team’s unbeaten Euro 2017 qualification campaign, which saw the Lionesses’ top their group with seven wins from eight and scoring 32 goals, conceding just once.

The team will now face Scotland, Spain and Portugal in the group stages of the tournament, which kicks off in the Netherlands on 16 July.

Managed by EMERGE Sports Management, the female-focused talent management agency launched by ESRG Sport & Leisure earlier this year, Nobbs has enjoyed a successful 2016 both on and off the pitch.

In February, she signed a new contract with Arsenal Ladies whilst playing an integral role in the side’s Women’s FA Cup campaign, which resulted in a 1-0 win over rivals and holders Chelsea to win the final in May.

Off the field, EMERGE brokered a new long-term sponsorship deal with Nike for the international midfielder; ESRG Group also extended its sponsorship agreement with Nobbs, which sees her continue in the role as ESRG Group ambassador into 2017.

Voted for by the public, the Vauxhall England Player of the Year Award is one of several accolades that make up the FA Women’s Football Awards, which celebrate the best of international and domestic football including player, manager and club achievements across The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) and FA Women’s Premier League (WPL).

Commenting on her award, Nobbs said: “It’s a real honour to be named player of the year, especially as so many of my team-mates played so well this season.

I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and for everyone’s support for the England team this year. We have a massive year ahead of us and we’re determined to go to the Euros next summer in the best possible position to do well and make all of our supporters proud.”

ESRG Group CEO and EMERGE Chairman Tony Copsey said: “Jordan has had a fantastic year and we’re delighted for her to see her hard work and achievements being recognised by the public.

Jordan was up against some tough competition so to win the award is a huge accomplishment. She’s an incredibly talented footballer and her attitude and dedication to the sport is reflected both on and off the pitch and we are very proud to work with her. Huge congratulations to Jordan on behalf of everyone at ESRG!”

For more information about Jordan Nobbs visit www.jordannobbs.co.uk

Emerge athlete Emma Wiggs wins Paralympic gold in the KL2 200m paracanoe sprint

This week Emerge Sports Management celebrated a major success, as our athlete Emma Wiggs won a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio. Her success was part of the first ever medal haul for ParalympicsGB in paracanoe, with the sport making its debut in Brazil.

Wiggs put on a dominant performance to win her first Paralympic medal with a new personal best time of 53.288.

Her victory in the paracanoe KL2 200m never looked in doubt as she powered across the line over two seconds clear of second place. Nataliia Lagutenko from Ukraine finished in 55.599 to claim the silver medal, with Susan Seipel from Australia finishing in 56.796 to win bronze.

Immediately after winning her race, Wiggs said: “I’m just over the moon that we just managed to deliver on the day. It felt really bumpy in the (start) bucket because of the crosswind.

“It’s just an overwhelming feeling of emotions and adrenaline.”

Before her race Wiggs was determined not to think too much about the big occasion and instead focus on her performance.

She added: “I said to my wife this morning, ‘I’m just going to go to work today and you’ll see me in my lunchbreak’. I always said it’s going to be a competitive race, I’ve never assumed that I had it in the bag.

“I’ve just been in a bit of a bubble. I didn’t buy into all that pressure.”

The result has been four-years in the making for Wiggs, who competed in the sitting volleyball competition at the 2012 Paralympics in London. After seeing the sport’s funding cut shortly after the Games, Wiggs soon found a new challenge in paracanoe and quickly excelled at the sport.

Wiggs said: “London 2012 gave me a real bug for sport. I just think it’s incredible that disability changed my life for all the wrong reasons all those years ago, and sport has changed it for the right reasons. I’ve done things I never thought possible. I’m fitter and stronger and faster than when I was able-bodied.”

Just five months after sitting in a canoe for the first time, she became the 2013 Paracanoe sprint world champion. She then went on to retain her world title in 2014, 2015 and 2016, setting her up as the firm favourite for gold in Rio.

Yesterday Wiggs won her heat comfortably to book her place straight into the final. Talking about her approach to racing, she said: “I just go as fast as I can. One of my phobias is being chased!”

Click here for more information about Emma Wiggs.