Emily Godley rates her last experience at a Commonwealth Games as one of the best of her career after finishing fifth at the 2014 Glasgow Games.
But the Kent weightlifter isn’t training six times a day for fifth place anymore as she looks to make her mark at Gold Coast 2018.
And after recovering from a stress fracture earlier in the year, Team England caught up with Emily to find out about her recovery as the Commonwealth Games draws closer.
She said: “For the first part of this year it was about getting fit and healthy again after the stress fracture in my back at the start of the year.
“I had about eight weeks preparation ahead of the European Championships which wasn’t ideal preparation but I made the most of it.
“I did lots of conditioning and rehabilitation in order to get a ranking at the European Championships for the Gold Coast in the 69kg class.”
Though weightlifters are accustomed to injuries, stress fractures have to be carefully managed and Emily’s priority is to stay fit.
She said: “Since the European Championships it has all been quite positive. I’m conscious of staying fit now so I’m doing lots more in my training and lots more around preventing any more injuries.
“It’s a case of building on my performance at the European Championships and get a decent ranking for the Gold Coast.”
After an impressive performance in Glasgow and fond memories of a ‘home’ atmosphere in Scotland, Emily is desperate to experience it all again in Australia.
She said: “Glasgow was absolutely amazing. It was surreal. The support from the crowd was as close to a home Games as I’ve ever experienced.
“The crowd were electric. The adrenaline rush it gave me on the platform was like nothing I’ve ever had before and to do it all again on the Gold Coast would be a dream.”
Emily remembers the feeling of pulling on the Team England jersey in Glasgow and the feeling of pride to represent her country.
She said: “As a youngster all I dreamt of was representing my country on the worldwide stage.
“It’s just so amazing being able to do the whole country proud. There’s nothing else quite like it.”