Outstanding ACG Strathallan all-rounder aspires to world stage
Libby Murphy has just been named Junior Swimmer of the Year at the 2018 Swimming Counties Manukau Prize Giving. The talented athlete from Ramarama also played a lead role in ACG Strathallan’s recent production of Oliver. She aspires to one day perform on London’s West End and swim at the Olympics.
Training five mornings and two evenings a week is no mean feat for a 14-year-old, especially when you add school work and rehearsals for a lead in the school production to the mix.
Libby Murphy, in Year 10, spends 11.5 hours a week in the water and an extra hour training on land. This year she won a gold medal in 100m butterfly at the NZ Age Group Champs and was picked to represent NZ at the Australian State Champs in October.
The Ramarama local hopes to keep improving her times in the pool and one day represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games. Swimming has not only given her the chance to be part of a team and be a role model for younger athletes, she says, but has taught her discipline and how to manage her time - good preparation for juggling Oliver rehearsals.
“Whenever I wasn’t rehearsing for the show, I tried to get my homework done and swimming was mostly before school, so it didn't interfere with everything else.”
At school at ACG Strathallan in Karaka she loves history, and appreciates teachers being flexible with her demanding schedule. “They support me even when I'm struggling with a topic and are very understanding when I miss school because of my sport and performing,” she said.
How did it feel to be named Counties Junior Swimmer of the Year? “It felt amazing, trying so hard all year, and it finally paying off.”