“Developing leaders is key to the success of the environment and in my experience, if these leaders do not exist, the environment struggles.”
So what can other sports learn from netball, that placed university education at the core of its development pathway?
“My sport is trying to do more,” explains Murphy. “I think sports in general do not.
“This is not just career planning but all of an athlete’s performance lifestyle.
“More time needs to be invested into helping youngsters understand and actually helping them have a career path earlier.
“It can’t just be ‘let’s wait and see’ because by then it’s too late.”
Murphy advises young athletes to make a plan for the future from the start to avoid the worry and uncertainty that can arise; focusing on the process rather than the outcome to determine success.
Whether it be straight from school into sport, from university into the workplace or from sport into the real world, Murphy’s advice to the next generation can transcend the lot.
“Trust yourself, push the boundaries, be organised and you can be successful in whatever you choose to do.”