Emma Murray is a qualified psychotherapist, mindfulness coach, NLP master practitioner and clinical hypnotherapist, who brings 20 years’ experience working with elite athletes, students and corporate executives.
As a former National level Netball player, AIS and VIS scholarship holder and accredited Victorian Netball League (VNL), Championship Grade Netball Coach – Emma brings to her work a personal understanding of the pressures and expectations experienced by elite athletes.
Emma is currently the high-performance mind coach for the Richmond Football Club and St Kilda Football Club as well as working with individual athletes in pursuit of Olympic success. Considered as a leading performance mindset coach she also delivers workshops to large corporate organisations, high level executives, VCE students and performers of the arts.
Emma’s life recently took an unexpected turn when her 14-year-old, athletically gifted son, Will, broke his neck jumping off a pier. Will is now a quadriplegic and his dream of playing AFL football has been switched to a dream of one day using his hands or standing on his own.
Will’s story, through Emma’s writing on social media and public speaking engagements has gained viral attention that now spans to various corners of the world. After years of teaching high performing individuals, the importance of staying in the moment, Emma is getting a new perceptive and appreciation for the very importance of staying still and present. The devastating effects of quadriplegia on Will, his 3 siblings and the extended family unit has become a teaching forum which has united the community in both grief and hope.
Emma and Will’s dad, Nick, have taken a unique approach to spinal cord injury rehabilitation and are creating a program which fuses eastern and western medicine and surrounds Will with a team of people whose sole objective is for Will to regain function below the injury site.
Two years after being told he would never feel or move anything from the chest down, Will is living proof of the power of Emma’s work - with him using the power of his A Game to now stand unassisted … with his eyes still firmly planted on walking again in the future.
Emma’s story is captivating as she draws parallels between AFL football, quadriplegia and mindfulness.