Portsmouth Sharks star selected for Paralympics

Emma Wiggs
Emma Wiggs
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Emma Wiggs’ Paralympic dream has become reality.

The Portsmouth Sharks ace has had her selection for this summer’s Games confirmed after Paralympics GB decided the home nation’s sitting volleyball squad had done enough to warrant a place among the best teams at London 2012.

That means all the hard work and toil has paid off for Wiggs.

And the 32-year-old is now set to lead Great Britain out on home soil as captain against the world’s best sitting volleyball opposition for the event in August and September.

Wiggs has spent her time living out of a suitcase as she commits to a gruelling training schedule.

The PE teacher at The Regis School in Bognor, who caught a virus when she was 18 which left her legs paralysed by attacking her nerves, has been mixing her day job with training at Roehampton in readiness for action at the ExCel Centre in London Docklands.

She has now gone part-time in her teaching role to focus her attentions on being ready for the Games.

There will 10,000 people roaring her and her team on to success on home soil with much of the action being shown live on Channel 4.

That prospect is one which excites Wiggs – but she knows there is still an intense schedule ahead to make sure her and the British team are ready for action.