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MURPHY Monique
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age24
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Residence
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Social Work Studies - RMIT University: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming training five months after her accident with Melbourne Vicentre Swimming Club in Victoria, Australia, and took up competitive Para swimming in 2015.
Why this sport?
Before her accident, she had competed in swimming at high school. "I was quite adamant about never getting back into swimming and being competitive was an idea that I shot down many times. Being a swimmer before the accident, a lot of people would make comments about how I could be a Paralympian down the road and I always shot them down because I had no interest in it. I was very used to setting goals and doing what I had to achieve them. That came out as soon as I had a physio come in. The goals slowly got bigger, from being able to sit on the edge of the bed, to be able to stand, to be able to walk and then to be able to swim. Part of me knew that if I was going to start getting back in the water it would probably end up there [competitive swimming]."
Club / Team
Southport Olympic Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Glenn Baker [club], AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Nicknames
Mermon [she trains with a prosthetic mermaid tail she attaches to her right leg]. (abc.net.au, 01 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
US Para snowboarder Amy Purdy, Australian swimmer Petria Thomas. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named 2016 Female Athlete of the Year by RMIT University in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. She shared the award with Australian Para swimmer Ashleigh McConnell. (rmit.edu.au, 30 Nov 2016)

She received the President's Trophy at the 2016 Swimming Victoria Awards in Australia. (vic.swimming.org.au, 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (moniquemermaidmurphy.com, Apr 2017)
Impairment
In March 2014 she was at a university party when she fell 20 metres from a fifth floor balcony, landing on a glass roof. She broke her jaw in two places, broke her left collarbone, broke three ribs, broke her right tibial plateau [leg] and punctured a lung. She also severed 30% of the triceps tendon in her right arm and sustained a deep laceration to her neck. Her injuries resulted in her right leg being amputated below the knee and requiring a left knee reconstruction. (moniquemermaidmurphy.com, Nov 2016; paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016; smh.com.au, 26 Jun 2016; sbs.com.au, 18 Jun 2016)
Other information
OTHER STUDIES
She has also studied social work at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. (moniquemermaidmurphy.com, Apr 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 50m Freestyle S10 29.81
11 2016 100m Backstroke S10 1:13.62 
10 2016 100m Freestyle S10 1:04.16 
2 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:35.09
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S10 30.58
7 2015 100m Butterfly S10 1:12.57
6 2015 400m Freestyle S10 4:43.24