Born in Mordialloc, Victoria, Sharni or otherwise known as Sharnz, is a dual ANZ Championship Premiership player and World Cup Champion and a Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist.
Sharni started playing netball at the age of five and her first ever game was with the Bonbeach Stingrays. She has since gone on to play over 100 games at National level and over 40 games representing Australia at international level.
Standing at 187cm tall, Sharni is a dynamic defender and a current member of the Australian Diamonds team and the Collingwood Magpies Netball Club.
Her colourful personality, on court vocals, swag and intimidation tactics towards her opponents has made her one of the most admired netballers in the world.
Having been lucky enough to play at the national level in Australia for over a decade, Sharni has moved 12 times in 10 years to follow her dream of playing netball. She has previously played for the Melbourne Kestrels (2004-06), Melbourne Vixens (2008), Adelaide Thunderbirds (2010-13), NSW Swifts (2014-16) and now the Collingwood Magpies from the start of the 2017 season.
Unfortunately, it all hasn’t been smooth sailing for Sharni and over her journey she has suffered a dislocated elbow, ruptured ankle ligaments, a slipped disc in her back and shoulder surgery. These injuries have caused her to sit on the sidelines for a combined period of over 2 years and as a result it has made her become a believer that adversity makes you more resilient and tough. A practice of what you preach, Sharni has used these experiences to join forces with good friend Australian Boxer Shelley Watts to establish Strong Chicks; a program to unite all females across Australia with the aim to empower girls and women to reach their full potential by enhancing their physical, mental and spiritual strength.
Away from the court, Sharni is a big supporter of Animals Australia and the RSPCA. She is an avid animal lover owning a horse called Laylee and three (black) rescue cats Xena, Chiggy and Peabo all of whom she has adopted from the RSPCA shelter. She also loves spending time with her friends and family and especial loves hanging out with her nieces who call her “Aunty Bananas”.
Although highly energetic in front of her netball family, Sharni is down to earth and uses mindfulness mediation and yoga to recharger her batteries.
|2009||World Youth Netball Champion with Australian 21/U Team|
|2010||MARS ANZ Championship Best Young Player Award|
|2010/13||ANZ Championship Premierships (Adelaide Thunderbirds)|
|2011/15||Netball World Cup Winner|
|2014||Commonwealth Games Gold Medal|
|2014||NSW Swifts Players’ Player Award|
|2015||ANZ Championship – Grand Final MVP|
|2015/16||Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year|
|2017||Australian Diamonds Captain|