We’re proud to announce the return of Karen Murphy, World and Commonwealth Games medallist, to Team Henselite.
Karen Murphy, is one of Australia’s all-time best female bowlers with a swag of World titles and Commonwealth Games medals to her name. She has come back to where it all began.
“I started playing bowls 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. I started playing with Henselite Classic 2 bowls. They took a lot of green but gave me a great appreciation of the concept of the draw shot.”
It was Henselite bowls that she first used when starting out and with these she learned how to play the game. These early years with Henselite provided a great foundation for a hugely successful international career and saw Karen win back-to-back World singles titles and a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal.
After retiring from Australian representation in 2019 and with 668 international appearances, Karen is no less competitive when she steps out on the green for her club, Cabramatta, or for the Sydney Lions in the Bowls Premier League.
“I want to play at my best when I play for my club and at BPL as I appreciate it and want to perform well for my teammates”.
Karen will be using Henselite Dreamline XGs on the green, the bowl currently used by over half the Australian Jackaroos squad. Karen’s chosen the XG for “the arc of the bowl and its reliability.”
Beyond the green, however, her legacy to the sport will continue. “I still want to be very much involved in the game,” said Karen. “I have recently started as BA National Assistant Coach / Pathways Manager which I am enjoying very much. I also have just released my new range of #km56 ladies bowls wear. I feel that there is a real lack of modern, comfortable and athletic choice in ladies’ bowls wear. I want my range to be multi-functional so you can wear it casually too. I am enjoying the journey with it.”
“I felt that Ian and Thomas were looking to expand and diversify the Henselite range,” said Karen “this sat well with me and aligns with what I am trying to achieve.”
Henselite is delighted to be a partner with Karen on this new journey.
“Our aim is that Henselite products enable all bowlers, at every level, to play, look and feel at their best with our range of bowls, apparel and products,” said Henselite CEO Thomas Paterson. “We offer a complete range and service for every bowler and every club. Karen has always looked to move the game of bowls forward, both as a role model, with her coaching roles and now with her new bowls wear range. We are looking forward to working together in partnership to extend the sport’s appeal.”
Welcome back to Team Henselite, Karen! We’re excited about what the future holds.