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Qualifications

Emma Twigg: The World's Fastest Woman

Photographys GUILLAUME PERRET + MERIJN SOETERS

Emma Twigg – current world champion in the women’s single scull – has a rational and objective claim to be considered the fastest woman in the world. Yet she will not be racing at this year’s World Championships and Olympic Qualification Regatta in Aiguebelette. Not because of injury or illness or poor early season performances, but rather because her national federation, Rowing New Zealand, will not allow her the flexibility to compete whilst she studies for the FIFA Master’s degree in Europe. “Life’s boring if you don’t have challenges and hurdles to overcome,” Twigg says pragmatically. “I’m pretty good at creating them for myself to be fair”.

Twigg’s career in the single scull spans nearly ten years. After two years of racing in the junior women’s eight for New Zealand, Twigg found herself disappointed and frustrated with sixth and ninth place finishes.

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Welcome to Row360, the world’s only global, independent rowing magazine. Row360 brings you features from around the world, profiling the best athletes, coaches, and others from the whole rowing community – Olympic, Paralympic, college, club, ocean, and more. Highlights this month: - The World's Fastest Woman: New Zealand's Emma Twigg profiled - From Bled to Aiguebelette: The World Cup Reviews - Danish Determination: Henrik Stephansen’s remarkable recovery - Husky Power: Michael Callahan and the University of Washington