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Inspirational Dominican Woman Joins Captains For Toss Of Historic Digicel ODI

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The woman whose tireless work led to the introduction of Cricket for the Blind in Dominica was the Digicel special guest at the toss for the historic First Digicel One Day International at Windsor Park.

Nathalie Murphy, who is also a member of the Dominica and Windward Islands Blind Cricket teams, and a leading Dominican lobbyist for the rights of persons with disabilities, handed over the coin for the toss to West Indies captain, Floyd Reifer, to commence the first ever international cricket match on the island.

An inspiration to persons with and without disabilities all across her native Dominica and an ardent cricket fan, Ms Murphy was naturally delighted to be a part of the coin toss ceremony which was televised across the Caribbean, Bangladesh and other parts of the world.

Her work though has not been limited to blind cricket. She led the effort in Dominica to encourage the government to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.

In addition to her many years of service in Dominica, Ms. Murphy, now a widow, served on the Regional Council of the North America and Caribbean Region of Disabled Peoples’ International and was a member of Disabled Peoples’ International World Council. She has also edited and produced the Women’s Committee Newsletter for the DPI World Council.

In 2008, the Roosevelt Skerrit government of Dominica recognized her contribution to the disability movement and awarded her a Meritorious Service Medal.

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