Workload few could shoulder finally takes its toll on ‘exhausted’ Sharni Layton

Netball community rallies around likeable Diamonds goal keeper after announcement that she will take a break from the game

Sharni Layton is many things. She’s a star netballer with a swag of World Cup and Commonwealth gold. She the game’s only true cult figure; complete with a band of fanatical supporters, the Sharni Army. She’s also witty, brash and “unashamedly Sharni”.

This combination makes the 29-year-old a relatable hero to the girls who wait hours after matches for a selfie, a highly marketable commodity to corporate heavyweights and a “walking quote machine” the sports media can’t get enough of.

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