ParalympicsGB para canoeist Emma Wiggs MBE nominated for Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year 2017

ParalympicsGB para canoeist Emma Wiggs MBE nominated for Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year 2017

EMERGE Sport Management athlete Emma Wiggs MBE has made the shortlist for the Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year 2017.

Her nomination comes after a phenomenal 12 months which has seen Emma retain her British, European and World Championship titles. Those titles, along with her Gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, means she currently has the distinction of being a Grand Slam champion, a rarity in modern sport, and puts her amongst the greats of British sporting heroes, including athletics’ Sir Mo Farah and swimming’s Adam Peaty.

The awards, which are now in their 30th year, recognise the outstanding contribution to sport made by elite athletes, coaches, administrators, community volunteers and inspirational women. The Sportswomen Awards are among the most prestigious and influential in the British sporting calendar and are supported by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Sport, Sport England and Women in Sport.

Following an open public vote for nominations, which closed at midday on Monday 25th September, a panel of experts narrowed the nominees down to a final shortlist for each award category which were announced yesterday. The other nominees for the award are Emma’s British paracanoe teammate Jeanette Chippington, wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft, and sprinter Sophie Hahn.

Speaking after learning of her nomination, Emma said; “I am incredibly proud to be nominated for the Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year award, and want to thank everyone who voted for me. I have trained so hard this year, especially the long hours in the gym working on getting stronger, so it’s been a great seeing the hard work pay off on the water. I’m honoured to be shortlisted alongside my teammate Jeanette as well, demonstrating the strength of British paracanoeing at the moment, and the great support team we have in place.”

Last year’s Disability Sportswoman of the Year award was won by parasport sprinter and para-cyclist Kadeena Cox, and other previous winners include wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley and Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Slater.

The other awards up for grabs this year are the coveted Sportswoman of the Year, Young Sportswoman of the Year, Team of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and The Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration. There is also a special community award, which will honour an individual who has actively engaged different groups of people within their community through sport. A two-week public vote for the Community Award is currently underway via the Sportswoman of the Year website.

A full list of nominees for all the awards can be seen below:

The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year

Elinor Barker (Track Cycling)

Elise Christie (Short-Track Speed Skating)

Jodie Taylor (Football)

Tammy Beaumont (Cricket)

Johanna Konta (Tennis)

Bianca Walkden (Taekwondo)

Young Sportswoman of the Year

Freya Anderson (Swimming)

Ellie Downie (Artistic Gymnastics)

Millie Knight (Para-Skiing)

Sammi Kinghorn (Para-Athletics)

Disability Sportswoman of the Year

Emma Wiggs (Canoeing)

Jeanette Chippington (Canoeing)

Sophie Hahn (Athletics)

Hannah Cockroft (Athletics)

The Awards will be held at a ceremony in central London, on Thursday 26th October, and broadcast live from 8pm on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Action.

For more information on the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Awards, please visit www.sportswomanoftheyear.co.uk.

Emma Wiggs reigns supreme

EMERGE Paracanoeist Emma Wiggs MBE dominated the field to win her sixth ICF Paracanoe World Championship title in Racice, Czech Republic.

Leaving the rest of the field in her wake, Emma took home the gold in record breaking 49.947 in the Women’s KL2 200m, her fifth gold in this event in successive years.  Wiggs finished almost two seconds ahead of the rest of the field, with British team mate Nicola Paterson finishing strong to clinch silver.

Emma, the former sitting volleyball player now holds the grand slam of KL2 titles, having topped the podium at the European Championships earlier this year and at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where paracanoe made its debut. She is also the world record holder and reigning British Champion.

Having had a broken finger, as well as rib and elbow injuries this year, Emma’s preparation has been far from ideal. However, with Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, she has been determined to push on and prepare as best she can to start the new cycle off with positive performances.

On her victory, she said: “I can’t believe it, what a year.  It is brilliant to hold all the titles.

“I felt quite strong through the race but I’ve had a lack of speed work this year due to injuries so to win it in a build year is more than I could’ve asked for. My coach Matt has been an absolute legend this year.

“This has been the toughest year of my career.  After the Paralympics everyone is on my tail and I feel the pressure but I want to keep performing and will do as long as I have a good race in me. This has probably been the most satisfying title so far.

“I feel proud and honoured to be part of the team and to sit on the podium with my team mate Nicola is great.”

OPRO TEAMS UP WITH HOCKEY GOLDEN GIRL SHONA McCALLIN MBE

OPRO, the world’s leading sports mouthguard brand, is delighted to announce GB Hockey’s golden girl and EMERGE Sports Management athlete Shona McCallin MBE as its new brand ambassador.

Shona, is an inspirational figure whose integrity, passion and enthusiasm for sport are infectious. A member of GB Women’s National Field Hockey team and an Olympic Gold Medallist at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she will lend her voice to an exciting programme of activity over a three year period as the brand enters a major growth phase.

Founder of the OPROGROUP Dr Anthony Lovat BDS commented, “We are very much looking forward to working with Shona. She is a great young talent who has only just begun her journey, despite having already achieved so much. Shona will play a key role in engaging, educating and inspiring people at a grass roots level through personal appearances, training sessions, talks and digital content. We are excited that the OPRO brand will be growing alongside her”

Currently on duty in South Africa for the Women’s Hockey World League  Shona said: “I’m really excited to be on board with the very best mouthguard makers. I’ve been wearing OPRO products since the age of eleven and wouldn’t use any other brand. Fit, safety and comfort are three major factors that are really important to me and something OPRO always deliver on. They also add a bit of fun to their products with a great mix of colours and designs.”

Custom-Fit mouthguards can be purchased through the OPRO custom website http://mouthguards.opro.com/custom/order or by calling the custom team on 01442 430690.

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.”

Click here to read the BBC Sport report in full.

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.