In April 2014, Monique Murphy woke from an induced coma without her right foot. A week earlier, she had fallen from a fifth-floor balcony at a university party – she suspects her drink had been spiked – and landed on a glass roof. Monique suffered a broken jaw, collarbone and ribs, lacerations to her neck, a torn triceps tendon and a tibial plateau fracture.
Her injuries were horrific, but one year – and eight operations – later and Monique was representing Australia at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. There, she placed sixth in the women’s 400m freestyle S10 and seventh in the women’s 100m butterfly S10, well and truly establishing herself as one to watch in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
And that’s exactly what she was. In Rio, Monique won a silver medal in the women’s 400m freestyle S10, 900 …Read More