Emma Dyke grew up on a dairy farm in Mayfield, Canterbury, and started rowing at Craighead Diocesan and Timaru Rowing Club in 2010 at the age of 15.
Emma first represented New Zealand at the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships in the women’s coxless four, where the crew placed 5th. After rowing for Southern Rowing Performance Centre for one season, she was selected in the U23 women’s four and went on to win silver at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Varese, Italy. Just one year later Emma found herself part of the elite women’s eight. The crew won a silver medal at the 2015 World Rowing Championships and in the process made history as the first-ever women’s eight from New Zealand to qualify for the Olympic Games. A narrow 4th place in Rio didn’t slow Emma down and she continued in the boat class for the 2017 season. The crew picked up a host of World Rowing Cup medals along with a Henley Royal Regatta win, and capped off a solid season with a nail-biting bronze from the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.
In 2018 Emma rowed again in the women’s eight in a new combination that placed 7th at the World Rowing Championships. This result made 2019 an important year for the New Zealand women’s eight, who came back to the international circuit with a point to prove. Another reshuffle of seats put Emma into two seat of the most successful women’s eight New Zealand has ever produced, with wins at World Rowing Cup III, Henley and, for the very first time, at the World Rowing Championships.