Monique Murphy has not let major adversity in her life get in the way of her swimming aspirations. A talented able-bodied swimmer, Monique suffered horrific injuries when, in March 2014, she fell 20 metres from a balcony. Just 19 years of age at the time, she broke her jaw in two places, her collarbone, three ribs and her tibial plateau as well as tearing her triceps tendon and cutting her neck dangerously close to the artery and windpipe. As a result of her injuries, her right leg was amputated below the knee. Swimming quickly became a vital part of her rehabilitation and within five months she was training with Melbourne Vicentre club, and by eight months had qualified for the Australian National Championships. Eleven months on and she was swimming times that put her in the top 10 world rankings for the S10 classification. Before long she made her first… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Right below-knee limb loss
Sport
Para-swimming
How acquired
Balcony fall accident
Date of Birth
April 9, 1994
Home
Melbourne, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2015
First Competed for Australia
2015
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Amy Purdy

Career Highlights

Competing at the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships in Glasgow

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S10