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Emma ROBINSON
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Born26 Sep 1994 in Wellington, NZL
Height1.80 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Commerce - Victoria University of Wellington: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She was always around water at a young age, and took up competitive swimming at age 12.
Why this sport?
Her parents were involved in surf lifesaving.
General Interest
Hobbies
Cooking. (swimming.org.nz, 01 Sep 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing 16th at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nzswimmingalumni.org.nz, 2017)
Injuries
She withdrew from the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan, due to a respiratory tract infection. (stuff.co.nz, 07 Aug 2018; Facebook profile, 15 Mar 2019)

She suffered rib injuries after being pushed under a buoy during the 10km open water event at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. She managed to complete the race but was unable to return to the water for four weeks. (stuff.co.nz, 22 Aug 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become, and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you, is a little girl who fell in love with the sport and never looked back. Do it for her." (Instagram profile, 19 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named 2018 Domestic Swimmer of the Year at the Swimming New Zealand Annual Awards. (zwemza.com, 15 Jul 2018)

In 2012, she named Female Swimmer of the Year at the Wellington Colleges Sports Awards in New Zealand. (isaacsfinancialplanning.co.nz, 15 Mar 2016)

She was named 2011 and 2012 Wellington East Girls Sports Person of the Year. (isaacsfinancialplanning.co.nz, 15 Mar 2016)
Other sports
She represented New Zealand in open water swimming at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To finish her sports management degree and then move into that field of work. (swimming.org.nz, 04 Sep 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from competitive swimming in September 2019. "I have been lucky enough to be a competitive swimmer since the age of 12. Over that time swimming has given me so much, it has taught me dedication, hard work, trusting the process, leadership, discipline and how to deal with failure just to name a few.
Moving forward I'm planning on finishing my sports management degree and then move into that field of work. I'm also planning on picking up some running and might even attempt a marathon. I hope I can still give back to a sport that has given me so much." (swimming.org.nz, 04 Sep 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied sport management at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. (isaacsfinancialplanning.co.nz, 15 Mar 2016; swimming.org.nz, 04 Sep 2019; Facebook page, 17 Dec 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:33.73
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 16:25.78
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:44.87
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:16.43
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:44.86
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
50 2017   Overall  
8 2017 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:10.40
6 2017 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:07.51
3 2017 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:21.58
8 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:36.28
4 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:13.02
7 2016 Singapore, SGP 800m Freestyle 8:37.47
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
24 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 57:29.5
34 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 2:01:47.6