Emma Twigg began rowing in 2001 for Hawkes Bay rowing club and Napier Girls’ High School. Within two years she was representing New Zealand for the first time at the 2003 World Rowing Junior Championships in Athens, Greece, as part of the women’s eight. After two years in this boat class, Emma switched to the single scull and won gold at the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2005. In the same year she also placed 4th at the World Rowing U23 Championships in Amsterdam.
After another stint sweeping in 2006 with the elite women’s eight, Emma returned to the single sculls in 2007, winning the U23 World Rowing Championships and placing 6th at the elite worlds and thereby qualifying for the Beijing Olympic Games. Emma’s time in the single has seen her compete at three Olympic Games, coming extremely close to a medal in both London and Rio. In what was Emma’s most dominant year, she went through the 2014 season unbeaten against some of the greatest women’s single scullers ever, culminating with a World Championship title in Amsterdam.
During Emma’s stellar rowing career, she has also completed multiple qualifications including a Bachelor of Communication and a Master’s Degree in International Sports Management (FIFA). She is a qualified bicycle mechanic, a certified marriage celebrant and has completed her boatmaster qualification through the NZ Coastguard. Emma is currently pursuing a career in real estate and is engaged to Charlotte Mizzi. After two years off following the Rio Olympics, she has been selected in the elite women’s single sculls for 2019.