Layton lays it on the line

Colourful, bold and confident Sharni Layton is perhaps not what you’d typically expect of a netball player.

But it’s all part of who she is, and that irrepressible character together with her incredible drive and passion for the sport has made her one of the most entertaining and successful players in elite netball.

The Collingwood Magpies defender and Holden ambassador has worked hard to get where she is – playing at the top of her game at the highest levels of the sport. That drive and attitude saw her successfully captain the Australian Diamonds to three wins against South Africa, New Zealand and England in the Quad Series earlier this year.

Prior to that, Sharni had been part of the gold medal winning Diamonds squad in the 2011 and 2015 Netball World Cups and 2014 Commonwealth Games and first represented Australia on the court as an 18-year-old in the 2006 Under 21 team.

But growing up in Melbourne’s Bonbeach, netball wasn’t always on the agenda with her avid love of animals drawing her into equestrian eventing – combining dressage, cross-country and showjumping – and a dream of being part of the Australian Olympic team.

Even when she won a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in 2007, her horse went with her, but it pretty soon became clear to her that she had to make a decision between equestrian and netball. Netball won – for now…

For more insight to into what helped Sharni take her “Let’s Go There” moment and run with it, check out the video.

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