Further Personal Information
||Husband Joe Muskett
||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
||Europa Weightlifting Club: Dartford, ENG
|Name of coach
||Stuart Martin [national]
|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)
||In 2020 a lingering knee injury affected her training. From November 2020 through to 2021 she required regular cortisone injections in her knee to manage the injury, and she used custom insoles to aid her rehabilitation. (Instagram profile, 10 Apr 2021; profeet.co.uk, 15 Dec 2020)
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)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." (thrivhers.com, 11 Jun 2018)
|Awards and honours
||In 2020 she was presented with the Sportscover Weightlifter of the Year award by British Weightlifting. (insidethegames.biz, 05 May 2020)
||She represented the England junior national team in pole vault at age 17. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2014)
||Her husband Joe Muskett represented England in weightlifting at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 May 2021; profeet.co.uk, 15 Dec 2020)
||To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Sportsbeatvideo YouTube channel, 09 Apr 2018)
||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 . 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)