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MURBY Ness
Sport Para athletics
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age37
Place of BirthMelbourne, AUS
Height1.79 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Eva Fejes
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Health Care Professional
Languages
English, Japanese
Higher education
Industrial Design - Swinburne University of Technology: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
They took up shot put in 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. They began training in javelin and discus in 2014 in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Why this sport?
Having competed in goalball from 2005 to 2007 and powerlifting from 2009 to 2012, and in 2015, they wanted to try another Paralympic sport. "From team tactical [goalball] to heavy metal [powerlifting] I was ready to combine the two and challenge myself in both power and speed to pursue the Paralympic podium."
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Canada
General Interest
Hobbies
Solving 3D puzzles, downhill skiing, painting. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the F11 javelin throw at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The competition is with yourself." (Athlete, 09 Nov 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (torontoguardian.com, 01 Feb 2019; Instagram profile, 23 Oct 2018)
Impairment
Their vision impairment is the result of a rare genetic condition that affects their lens, retina and optic nerve with iron overload. They lost their functional vision entirely at age 15. They also have no feeling in their left leg from the knee down, as well as a lack of muscular control, following an injury they sustained while playing cricket in 2003. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2020; AMI YouTube channel, 16 Apr 2018; athletics.ca, 2015)
Other information
GENDER IDENTITY
In November 2020 they spoke about their gender identity. "I'm blind. I use a guide dog. I'm also genderqueer. Transmasculine. I had the embers of self-concept burning within me my entire life. My grandparents taught me I was enough just being me. I've always known who I am but being congruent with that knowing and understanding that knowing has been the journey. I wanted to be sure that I was able to represent where I'm at with conscious words. Words matter. This being the first time to speak openly about my gender identity in any setting. It's my experience that Para athletes don't get attention. This was entirely about doing this openly and recognising that it might help someone else. Not doing this publicly means it's less likely to be universally observed. I understand that living in limbo and incongruence can really be damaging. This has shown me that it does feel better to be open, to be out, to be me. I look forward to competing unquestionably as me, because it will be the very first time. This is the very first time for me where the trade-off won't be my self-concept. And that's huge." (cbc.ca, 18 Nov 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In addition to completing a bachelor's degree in industrial design in 2006, they completed a diploma in massage at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage in Canada in 2004, a master trainer diploma at the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2008, a TESOL [teaching English as a second language] diploma at the Victoria International Academy in 2013, and in 2020 completed a certification in cognitive behavioural therapy and life coaching at the Academy for Modern Applied Psychology in Canada. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
They work as a mental health practitioner. Alongside guide Eva Fejes, they co-founded tougherthan.com, a self-development and coaching business in Vancouver, BC, Canada. They describe themselves as "a keen advocate for inclusion, education and change working with various community projects". (Athlete, 09 Nov 2020; tougherthan.com, 09 Nov 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 Discus Throw F11 28.02
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 Javelin Throw F11 22.74
6 2015 Discus Throw F11 25.52
6 2017 Discus Throw F11 26.99
3 2017 Javelin Throw F11 23.69
6 2019 Discus Throw F11 29.41