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Team Henselite Karen Murphy Karen Murphy
"I started with Henselite bowls at 11 years of age."
State: NSW
Country of Birth: Australia
Club: Cabramatta
Bowl Used: Henselite Dreamline XG
Why do you use this bowl? I've chosen the Dreamline XG for the arc of the bowl and its reliability.  
How and when did you start bowling? I started when I was 11 years old at Shoalhaven Heads BC. I used to ride my bike down to watch dad play and nagged him to give me a go. 
Career Goals To continue to play at the top of my game.
Career Highlights Back to back World Singles and a 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal.
  • Member of the Australian Bowls Squad for 22 consecutive years 
  • Represented Australia at the 1998 | 2002 | 2006 | 2014 | 2018 Commonwealth Games, achieving 1 Gold and 3 Silver medals across the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours disciplines at four Games
  • Represented Australia at the 2004 | 2008 | 2012 | 2016 World Championships, achieving 4 Gold medals and 2 Bronze medals across the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours disciplines at all 4 championships
  • Represented Australia at the 2005 | 2007 | 2009 | 2011 | 2015 Asia Pacific Championships, achieving 5 Gold medals including the Overall Women’s Team championship, 2 Silver medals and 2 Bronze medals across all 5 championships
  • Represented Australia at the 2019 Multi-Nations achieving the Overall Women’s Title and Team Championship, and Gold medals in the Pairs and Fours
  • Represented Australia at the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations, achieving 2 Gold medals in the Singles and Pairs disciplines
  • Represented Australia at the 2016 Six Nations International, achieving 1 Gold (Pairs) and 1 Silver (Singles) medal
  • 2015 Hong Kong International Silver Medallist (Pairs)
  • 2013 World Champion of Champions Gold Medallist (Singles)
  • 2012 South African International Series – Gold medal – Triples, 2012 SA International Series – Silver medal – Fours, 2012 SA International Series – Overall team gold
  • 2012 Professional Bowls Association Ladies Matchplay Champion
Who do you most admire? I love watching Alex Marshall, a great player on all surfaces.
Which other bowlers do you enjoy playing with or against? I enjoy playing with my team mates at Cabramatta. I have had a long standing rivalry on green with Jo Edwards over the years, always a challenge playing Jo, I do enjoy the challenge.
What would you do if you weren't bowling? I recently commenced a role as the National Assistant Coach. 
Karen Murphy