Morningside bowler Emma Murphy (24) is gearing up to represent South Africa in the Bowls World Championship, which will take place in Scotland from December 4 to 8. In a show of support and appreciation, the Morningside Country Club (MCC) organised a heartfelt send-off celebration for Murphy, who has dedicated 15 years to the sport, with the last five being in competitive bowling.
“I started when I was 9, took a break in high school, then came back when I was 19,” shared Murphy about her bowling journey. As an accountant by profession, Murphy attributes her initiation into the world of bowls to her mother’s influence and the inherent competitiveness of the sport. “My mom played. I got so bored of watching her, so then I tried it,” Murphy explained. “The bug bit me. That was it.”
The opportunity to represent South Africa holds immense significance for Murphy, underscoring the sport’s diversity and accessibility. “I’ve always wanted to play for my country; this is the first step to me achieving everything else I want to achieve in this game,” she expressed. “Anybody can play this sport, it doesn’t matter what size you are, how old you are, how young you are – anybody can play. I found my sport in bowls.”
To facilitate Murphy’s journey to Scotland, the MCC Bowls club contributed R5,000. This gesture was doubled by club members wishing her success on the upcoming sporting trip. MCC Bowls chairman Roger Hagerty conveyed, “We’ve decided to donate because she’s extended her trip by a week to get more practice over there. We wish her all the best and good bowling.”
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