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Olympian in Fiji Waters

Patrick Murphy here to help ERONI TUINACEVA Sigatoka Australian Olympian and former Fiji resident Patrick Murphy is in the country to assist the national swim squads preparing for the 2014
06 Jul 2014 10:15

Patrick Murphy
here to help
ERONI TUINACEVA
Sigatoka
Australian Olympian and former Fiji resident Patrick Murphy is in the country to assist the national swim squads preparing for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2014 Open Pan Pacific Games and the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Games.
Fiji Swimming president Jerome Kado expressed their delight at having an athlete of Murphy’s caliber and experience in the country to help assist with development.
“To have the services of Murphy is a great achievement for Fiji Swimming,”Kado said.
“And Fiji’s parent body of swimming is looking forward that he will be able to share this same experience to support, mentor and advise our young swim representatives on the finer points of competitive swimming.
“Murphy will also be tasked to disseminate the requisite knowledge of preparations in and out of the pool a young athlete needs to prepare them for the 3 different Meets they will be attending.
“Fiji Swimming thanks Patrick for his support and loyalty to the sport of swimming. And for him to make himself available to contribute constructively in Fiji Swimming’s endeavor to up-skill and take our young swim representatives to a whole new level in competitive swimming.”
Murphy resided in Fiji with his family from 1989 to 1997 and attended International Primary and Secondary School in Suva during those years, setting a number of national records.
Murphy debuted for Australia in 2003 at the World University Games in Daegu, South Korea, wining a silver medal. In 2004, he won a Lorne Pier to Pub race in his native New South Wales. He made his Olympic debut that year in Athens, Greece.
Murphy won two bronze medals in 2005 as part of the 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams at the World Aquatics Championships in Montreal, Canada. In 2007, he was part of Australia’s 4x100m freestyle relay silver medalist team at that year’s World meet in Melbourne, Australia.
In 2008, he won his two Olympic bronze medals as one fourth of the 4x100m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay teams in Beijing, China. In 2009, Murphy competed in his final World Champs wining a bronze medal as a member of the Australian men’s 4x100m relay team in Rome, Italy.
Murphy retired in 2011 due to health reasons but has since maintained a steady profile in the Australian swimming community and was recently appointed as a Athlete Role Model (ARM), for the upcoming Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games from the 16th to 28th August.The workshop ends tomorrow.
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