‘I wore my heart on my sleeve my entire career,’ says retired Canadian basketball player Lizanne Murphy
An athletic childhood flashes before my eyes: My parents, Maureen and Harold, signed my sister Shannon, brother Desmond, and I up for every sport in Beaconsfield, Que. I excelled in gymnastics, swimming, soccer and basketball. To this day, one of my biggest heartbreaks was being told at 11 years old that I would be too tall for gymnastics (with a 6’4″ father and 5’10″ mother, they had some foresight). I loved team sports for the competition and friendship that went hand in hand.
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