Sharni Layton

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Sharni Layton
Personal information
Full name Sharni Layton
Born (1988-01-06) 6 January 1988 (age 30)
Melbourne, Victoria[1]
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Occupation Netballer
Netball career
Playing position(s): GK, GD, WD
Years Club team(s) Apps
Melbourne Kestrels
AIS Canberra Darters
Melbourne Vixens
Adelaide Thunderbirds
New South Wales Swifts
Collingwood Magpies
Years National team(s) Caps
2010-present Australia 30+

Sharni Layton (born 6 January 1988) is an Australian netball player in the Suncorp Super Netball league, playing for the Collingwood Magpies. She is a decorated player in the Australia national netball team, having won two Gold medals at the Netball World Cup and one gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.


In 2016, Layton appeared as a guest quiz master on Have You Been Paying Attention?.



Born in Mordialloc, Victoria, Layton began her career in 2004 for the Melbourne Kestrels. She then received a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in 2007, and was awarded captaincy in 2009.[citation needed] 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.[3] In 2010 she was the winner of the ANZ Championship's young player of the year award.[4] She was part of the Thunderbirds winning premiership team that year.[4] The following year she was elevated to the position of vice-captain of the Thunderbirds under Captain Natalie von Bertouch, before becoming co-captain alongside von Bertouch in 2012.[5] Her Thunderbirds career culminated with a stellar defensive performance in the 2013 ANZ Championship Grand Final, which Adelaide won 50-48 over the Queensland Firebirds.[6]

On 29 July 2013, Layton signed with the New South Wales Swifts, where she grew in popularity over the next three seasons and was elevated in the team's leadership group.[7][8]

In 2017, Layton was one of several high-profile signings for the Collingwood Magpies in the new Suncorp Super Netball league.[9] After the conclusion of the 2017 season, which saw the Magpies fall short in a cliffhanger elimination final against the Giants, Layton announced she would take an indefinite break from the sport due to severe exhaustion.[10] Layton returned to the Magpies in time for the 2018 season.[11]


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.[citation needed] Later that year, Layton was selected to debut for the Australian Netball Diamonds[2] at the World Netball Championships in Singapore winning a gold medal and the Holden Netball Test Series, regaining the No. 1 rank in the world for Australia. 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. 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 did not feature in the 2018 Quad Series or Commonwealth Games teams.[11]

National representation[edit]

National representation record:[1][2]

  • 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[edit]

Layton's career facts:[1][2]

  • 2017 Aussie diamonds captain
  • 2016 Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year
  • 2015 Netball World Cup Winner
  • 2015 ANZ Championship Runner Up
  • 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 No. 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

Netball awards[edit]

Career awards:[1][2]

  • 2016 Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year (NSW swifts)
  • 2014 NSW Swifts Players' Player Award
  • 2014 NSW Swifts Best Moment Award
  • 2010 MARS ANZ Championship Best Young Player Award


  1. ^ a b c d "Sharni Layton profile". Collingwood Magpies. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Sharni Layton". Netball Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Partland, Warren (29 January 2010). "Sharni sets her goals". The Advertiser. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Inside Sharni Layton, an Australian netball champion". Motivations Magazine. 7 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sharni Layton's a cut above". Adelaide Now. 30 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Adelaide Thurderbirds secure second ANZ Championship with two-goal win over Queensland Firebirds". Adelaide Now. 14 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "NSW Swifts sign star defender Sharni Layton". Adelaide Now. 30 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Energy and enthusiasm make Sharni Layton a NSW Swifts favourite". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Collingwood's Diamond-encrusted Magpies netball team the envy of the world". Daily Telegraph. 21 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Workload few could shoulder finally takes its toll on 'exhausted' Sharni Layton". Guardian Australia. 10 August 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Netballer Sharni Layton opens up about 'mental health injury'". 29 March 2018. 

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