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Olivia Murphy

Economics with Accounting 1998

Olivia was spotted by scouts and earmarked for progression into the England squad at a young age soon becoming a regular fixture in the Derbyshire county side. Soon Olivia made the transition onto the England U18 and U21 squads as she looked to fulfil her undoubted potential.

She collected her first of many medals with a bronze at the World Youth Netball Championships in Toronto, Canada as part of the U21 side in 1996. A debut senior appearance followed a year later against Northern Ireland as she set about cementing her place into England Netball history.

Her rise continued in 1998, making the Commonwealth Games side which travelled to Kuala Lumpur and secured a bronze medal. This feat was match in 1999 as England won bronze in New Zealand at the World Championships thanks to a 57-43 win over Jamaica. Now an integral part of the team, Olivia was rewarded with the honour of captaincy in 2000 and appeared twice more at the Commonwealth Games and once more at the World Championships going on to achieve an overall 95 International caps and three bronze medals in the process.

It wasn’t just on the international scene that Olivia flourished, she was also a well-known figure in the netball Superleague. She appeared regularly for Loughborough Lightning went on to become head coach after a brief stint as an accountant. Due to injuries in her squad, the incredibly committed Murphy even donned the dress to reappear on court despite having previously retired from playing. She continues to be an incredibly valuable ambassador for the game in England, helping to develop players from grass roots level all the way to the elite stage in her role as England Technical Coach and coach of England U21.