Karen Murphy AM
Karen Murphy AM (lawn bowls) represented Australia at five Commonwealth Games winning four medals, retiring after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games after amassing 668 tests for Australia, she is a legend of Australian bowls. In her 22-year international career, Murphy first competed at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games winning a silver in the women’s four event. She returned at the Manchester 2002 Games to narrowly lose the gold medal match in the women’s singles event, finishing with her second silver medal. It was at the Melbourne 2006 Games where Murphy broke through to win gold alongside Lynsey Clarke (nee Armitage) in the women’s pairs event. It was a third silver medal for Murphy at the Games in Glasgow 2014, before returning at the Gold Coast 2018 Games, where she read the Athlete Oath at the opening ceremony and called time on her illustrious career. A career which saw her win five world titles and serve as vice-captain of the Jackaroos, the national side, for seven years. Murphy continues to give back to the sport through her role on Commonwealth Games Australia’s Athlete Advisory Group where she is co-chair and was honoured with a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the 2021 Australia Day awards.
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