|Full name||Sharni Joy Layton|
6 January 1988 |
|School||Mentone Girls' Secondary College|
|Playing position(s): GK, GD, WD|
Sharni Layton (born 6 January 1988 in Mordialloc, Australia) is an Australian netball player for the NSW Swifts and Australian Diamonds. Primarily a GK, GD, WD player, Layton has won two premierships with the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the ANZ Championship, a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and a Gold Medal at the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore.
Layton was a member of the Australian U21 team from 2006–09, winning gold at the 2009 World Youth Netball Championships in the Cook Islands where she was vice captain of the side. In 2008, Layton was signed to play for the Melbourne Vixens in the ANZ Championship. She was not signed the following year, but in 2010 Layton transferred to the Adelaide Thunderbirds. Layton was announced as the first nominee for the ANZ Championship's new MARS Red Best Young Player Award in 2010. Introduced to recognise emerging stars in the ANZ Championship, the 2010 winner will receive a A$5,000 cash prize, courtesy of award sponsor MARS Red. On 9 July she was announced as the winner.
Layton won her first ANZ Championship Premiership in 2010 over the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 52 - 42.
In 2011, Layton was named Vice Captain of the Adelaide Thunderbirds under Captain Natalie von Bertouch. Later that year, Layton was selected to represent the Australian Netball Diamonds at the World Netball Championships in Singapore winning a gold medal and the Holden Netball Test Series, regaining the number 1 rank in the world for Australia. In 2012, Layton was promoted to co-captain of the Adelaide Thunderbirds, alongside Natalie von Bertouch.
In September 2012, Layton had major surgery on her left shoulder after a niggling injury. Although Layton managed to play out season 2012, her shoulder surgery left her out of contention for the Australian Diamonds. Her second ANZ Championship Premiership came in 2013 over the Queensland Firebirds winning 50 - 48.
Following Layton's Grand Final performance she was named in the Australian Netball Diamonds squad to attend a selection camp at the AIS. Following the camp, Layton was named in the team to compete against New Zealand in the Constellation cup and Malawi later in 2013.
On the 29 July 2013, Layton signed with the NSW Swifts for season 2014 and 2015, stating that she wanted to pursue other interests outside of netball, as well as continuing with her netball career as the reason for her move. She was later named in the leadership group for the NSW Swifts for 2014.
In 2014 Layton was named in the Australian National Netball Team to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games who went on to defeat the New Zealand National Netball Team in the gold medal match. This ended Australia's 12 year Commonwealth Games gold medal drought. Layton has signed with the NSW Swifts for the 2015 ANZ Championship season.
- 2010-11, 2013-2014 Australian Diamonds
- 2006 - 2009 Australian Under 21 Team
- 2009 Australian 21/U World Youth Netball Championships gold medal
Netball Career Facts
- 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal
- 2014 NSW Swifts Leadership Group
- 2012 Adelaide Thunderbirds Co-Captain
- 2011 World Champion with Australian Diamonds
- Winning the 2011 Holden Test Series to regain World number 1 ranking with the Australian Diamonds
- 2011 Adelaide Thunderbirds Vice Captain
- 2010, 2013 ANZ Championship Premierships (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
- 2009 World Youth Netball Champion with Australian 21/U Team
- 2014 NSW Swifts Players' Player Award
- 2014 NSW Swifts Best Moment Award
- 2010 MARS ANZ Championship Best Young Player Award
- 2010 ANZ Championship profile. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- Partland, Warren (29 January 2010). "Sharni sets her goals". The Advertiser. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- TTNL (24 May 2010). "The first nomination is ... Sharni Layton". Retrieved 18 June 2010.
- "LAYTON WINS 2010 MARS RED BEST YOUNG PLAYER AWARD". 9 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.