Disability class S10
Name Monique Murphy
Club Melbourne Vicentre
|Born 9 April 1994 (age 21) (1994-04-09)|
#P287 Monique Murphy
Monique Murphy (born 9 April 1994) is an Australian Paralympic swimmer. She represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics where she won a silver medal.
Murphy was born on 9 April 1994 in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2014, Murphy fell 20m from a fifth story balcony which left her in a coma. Murphy recalls her injuries when she woke, "I woke up in hospital with a broken jaw in two places, a cut to my neck close to the main artery and windpipe, a broken left collarbone, a tear in my triceps tendon, three broken ribs and a tibial plateau fracture." Unfortunately, Murphy’s injuries were too severe for recovery, which led to the amputation of her right leg below the knee. In 2016, she is studying a Bachelor of Social Work with honours at RMIT. She also volunteers with St Vincent de Paul with their youth program. Murphy now resides on the Gold Coast training under coach Glenn Baker
Murphy started swimming at a young age with the Tuggeranong Vikings Swim Club; swimming as an abled-bodied swimmer. Since the accident in 2014, Murphy was determined to get back in the pool and started training at 2014 at Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club in Melbourne. She now swims under the classification of S10 and was picked to travel with 30 other athletes to Glasgow for the IPC World Championships. Here, she placed 6th and 7th in the Women’s 400m Freestyle (S10) and Women’s 100m Butterfly (S10) respectively.
At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she competed in four events. Murphy qualified for the final in the Women's 400m S10 and won a silver medal. She also competed in the following events but didn't progress to the finals: Women's 50m Freestyle S10, Women's 100m Freestyle S10 and Women's 100m Backstroke S10.
Murphy has revolutionized how she trains with a "prosthetic fin" which she calls her, "mermaid leg." This new leg helps her engage the muscles of her right leg when swimming. Her motto is "If your dreams don't scare you they aren't big enough". She also reflects on her disability and competing at Rio stating "As a kid growing up I always dreamed of going to the Olympics and this has come around in a different way than I had ever expected so, it's a second chance to go after my dream."
In 2016, she is a Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and trains at Melbourne Vicentre. At the end of 2016, she relocated to the Gold Coast training with Southport Olympic with coach Glenn Baker and scholarship holder with the QAS