Emma Twigg's rowing comeback has been given a huge boost today with the 31-year-old winning the national single sculls title in Twizel.
It's her eighth time winnng the event but first in three years.
“Motivation was to kind of prove to the selectors that I'm back where I need to be,” she told 1 NEWS.
It tops off a great month for Twigg, who three weeks ago got engaged to her partner Charlotte Mizzi.
Those close to the Olympian know that winning her first national title in three years is special
Twigg's focus now shifts to trying to win the singles seat in the national team.
Because competition is expected to be so fierce for the New Zealand single sculls spot the National elite trials are being run a little differently this year.
The singles will trial in just over a week's time, those that aren't successful will have another month to prepare for the rest of the trials where the bigger boats will be selected.
Robbie Manson will take bragging rights into the men's trial after claiming his third straight national title, although Mahe Drysdale has closed the gap to just three seconds.
Drysdale says it was his best race since Rio but as usual time isn't on the Olympic champion's side
“I'm progressing in the right direction, whether I can put it all together in 10 days we'll find out,” Drysdale said.
It's a far cry from where Twigg is at, despite nearly three years out of the sport.
“Physically I feel really strong and fit, mentally absolutely refreshed different perspective, I guess it's more about enjoying what I do day to day.”
Her soon to be nephews also enjoying the spoils of today's win.