Emily Muskett

Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Joe Muskett
Other names
Emily Godley
Residence
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Criminology, Forensic Science - London South Bank University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began weightlifting in 2008 as part of her strength training for pole vault at Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletics Club in England.
Why this sport?
Her talent was spotted by coach Keith Morgan, who suggested she take up the sport. "I had never imagined myself as a weightlifter. I had done other sports like hockey, netball and tennis, but weightlifting isn't exactly a 'usual' sport. I tried it as part of my training for pole vault and was told I would be good enough to go to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. I laughed, but I am very glad to have changed sports."
Club / Team
CrossFit U [AUS] / Europa Weightlifting [ENG]:
Name of coach
Dave Sawyer [national]
General Interest
Hobbies
Going to the beach, eating good food, watching movies, playing other sports. (roadtogainsville.blogspot.com, 01 Jan 2018; Athlete, 06 Nov 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 75kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Twitter profile, 10 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Keith Morgan. (britishweightlifting.org, 29 Oct 2014)
Hero / Idol
British middle distance runner Kelly Holmes. (thrivhers.com, 11 Jun 2018)
Injuries
In August 2017 she suffered a labral [cartilage] tear in her hip. She returned to weightlifting training in January 2018. (Instagram profile, 17 Sep 2018; thrivhers.com, 11 Jun 2018)

A stress fracture to her back meant she missed the 2017 Commonwealth Championships in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (weareengland.org, 20 Sep 2017; britishweightlifting.org, 16 Aug 2017)

In 2017 she suffered from two bulging discs. (Instagram profile, 17 Sep 2018)

Illness meant she was unable to complete a single lift at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (independent.co.uk, 22 Oct 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She wears odd socks when competing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." (thrivhers.com, 11 Jun 2018)
Other sports
She represented the England junior national team in pole vault at age 17. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2014)
Famous relatives
Her husband Joe Muskett has represented England in weightlifting, including at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (thrivhers.com, 11 Jun 2018; teamengland.org, 11 Oct 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Sportsbeatvideo YouTube channel, 09 Apr 2018)
Other information
BREAK FROM WEIGHTLIFTING
She took a break from weightlifting after the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, and decided not to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. "I've had a few people ask me why I'm not competing at the worlds this year [2018]. I have plenty of reasons for pulling myself out, but the main one being that I just need a small break from competitions. I'm not one for going to a championship and giving a half-hearted performance. I like to give my very best on that stage and prepare as best I can. I don't feel I'm currently in a place where I can do that. Instead I'm doing some different CrossFit-style training which is providing me with a fresh challenge and some aerobic fitness." (Instagram profile, 17 Sep 2018)

WEIGHTLIFTING FOR WOMEN
In October 2017 she launched the 'Women's Weightlifting Squad' in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, a project aimed at introducing weightlifting to women. "Weightlifting is for women of all shapes and sizes. It helps tone your muscles and increase your metabolism, it's a great fat burner and stress-reliever." (Instagram profile, 02 Sep 2019; Twitter profile, 02 Sep 2019; crossfit-u.com, 07 Oct 2017)

OCCUPATION
She coaches both Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit, and works as a coach at CrossFit U, a gym in West Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (Instagram profile, 02 Sep 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2019)

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