Collingwood Magpie and Australian Diamond Sharni Layton has announced her retirement from netball.
“After 14 years of learning, travelling and competing in the game I love most, I’ve made the decision to take off the bib and call time on my netball career,” Layton said.
She has been playing the game at a national club level since 2004 and has represented teams including Melbourne Vixens, Adelaide Thunderbirds and New South Wales Swifts.
Layton won dual league premierships winner with the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
At an international level, she is a three-time netball World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, making a totally of 46 appearances
“I’ve given absolutely everything I have to this game, to my teammates and to myself as an athlete, and it’s time to hand the baton over to the next generation of stars,” Layton said.
After a gruelling international and domestic campaign in 2016-17, Layton had first begun to have inklings of a pending retirement and after taking a break from the game about six months ago, it became clearer.
“About a year ago, I sat down with my family and my circle of close friends and started to think about what the future would hold for me both professionally and personally,” she said.
“It’s never an easy decision to make, but I have been so lucky to have represented my country; to play in over 100 domestic games, to be a foundation member of the Collingwood netball program, to travel the world and to build and cherish relationships with all of my teammates, coaches, staff and the amazing supporters all around the world,” Layton said.
Layton will retire from all forms of professional netball at the conclusion of the 2018 Super Netball (SSN) season.