FORMER Shoalhaven Heads lawn bowler Karen Murphy has had the honour of reciting the athletes’ oath at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Wednesday.
Murphy, 43, who is competing at her fifth Commonwealth Games, was joined by Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander and athletics official Desmond Johnston, chief official the last time the Commonwealth Games were held in Australia, at Melbourne in 2006, on stage to read the oath.
During the opening ceremony, the trio said.
“We come to this place, from many lands.
“To demonstrate the spirit of true sportsmanship that we all share.
“And to stand up for the values and ideals that live at the heart of these games.
“Our shared humanity, the respect we give each other, finding lasting friendships and common ground in our diversity.
“Our shared equality, the level playing field on which we compete, providing fairness and opportunity for all.
“And our shard destiny to do our best here, so we inspire individuals and communities around the world to realise their own aspirations.
“This is our oath.”
Murphy made a strong start to her fifth games on the Broadbeach greens on Thursday, defeating Samoa’s Malia Kioa 21-4 in round one.
Round two is on Friday.