Emma Twigg back in the Rowing New Zealand squad for Tokyo 2020 campaign
Olympic veteran, Emma Twigg, has been named in the Rowing New Zealand squad. The 31-year-old sculler is aiming for her fourth Olympic games at Tokyo 2020 after finishing fourth in both London and Rio.
Twigg, who was World Champion in 2014, has spent the last two years working for the International Olympic Committee on Switzerland. She will be looking to replace Hannah Osborne who came second in the B Final at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv.
There are two other notable names re-joining the senior New Zealand squad – former world champions Eve Macfarlane and Sophie Mackenzie, who haven’t competed since Rio. Macfarlane won gold in the women’s double sculls at the 2015 WRChamps with Zoe Stevenson, finishing sixth in the Olympic final in 2016. Mackenzie and crewmate Julia Edward won gold in the lightweight double sculls in 2014 and 2015 but finished fourth at Rio.
Notable omissions from the summer squad are Isaac Grainger, Cameron Webster and Martyn O’Leary all from the M8+ that finished third in the B Final in Plovdiv and Ellie Jeurissen and Georgia Perry from the women’s four that also finished third in the B Final in Plovdiv.