MCMAHON Sharelle < Back  
Sport Netball
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 12 Aug 1977 in Bendigo, AUS
Height1.76 m
Weight 66 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Victoria, AUS
Occupation Marketing
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? Age 7, at Lockington Primary School.
Why this sport? Her mother was her school's netball coach and both her mother and grandmother played every Saturday. "They decided to get me playing as early as possible."
Club / Team Melbourne Vixens: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Name of coach Julie Hoornweg club coach, Norma Plummer Acoach.
Coach from which country? Australia
Coach from what year? 2004
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Goal attack
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 1998
Competing for Australia
Tournament Three match test series
General Interest
Nicknames Sharaza (Melbourne Phoenix, 19 Jan 2006)
Hobbies Cooking, reading, going to the beach, watching and playing sport. (Athlete, 06 May 2002)
Memorable sporting achievement Being part of the team that won gold in double over time at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, and shooting the winning goal at the 1999 World Championships. ( Athlete, March 2006 and Netball Australia, 14 Feb 2002)
Most influential person in career "Mum had a huge influence as she introduced me to the game and drove me to Melbourne for training. As a coach it would be Margaret Caldow, she was my first coach when I moved to the VIS and of course Joyce [Brown]!" (Netball Australia, 14 Feb 2002)
Hero / Idol Vicki Wilson. I watched the 1991 World Championships when Australia defeated New Zealand by one goal. Ever since then I wanted to play for Australia - after watching Vicki play." (Netball Australia, 14 Feb 2002)
Injuries She missed much of the 2004 season after having an ankle reconstruction. (Sydney Morning Herald, 07 Feb 2005)
Sporting philosophy / motto "No excuses!" (VIS, 19 Jan 2006)
Awards and honours Became a household name on October 2, 1999 when she shot the winning goal for Australia to defeat New Zealand in the dying seconds of the World Championships final. New Zealand looked to have the match won after they led by six at three quarter time. She played in the Australian Under 21 team in 1996/97 and in 1998 was the youngest member of the Australian team which won the inaugural netball gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games she also won gold in Manchester in 2002. Her club Melbourne Phoenix won the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005. (Netball Australia 19/01/06) She scored her 4000th league goal during the 2005 Commonwealth Bank Trophy competition. She lies second on the all-time list, just behind her Australian team mate Catherine Cox. (Netball Australia, NZ Herald, 28 Oct 2005)
Other information TEAM CAMARADERIE
"We're lucky in this [national] team that most people get along really well, and you do form some very close friendships. That's something I really value. When I was younger I did a bit of athletics, but I'm glad I chose netball because I love being part of a team. I get to share my successes and disappointments with my team-mates and it's great fun training together. Some of my team-mates are among my best friends." (BBC, 19 Jan 2006)

She has been awarded the captaincy of the Australian Netball Team for the Commonwealth Games after regular captain Liz Ellis was ruled out of the games. Ellis injured her knee and required reconstructive surgery. Australian team coach Norma Plummer said of McMahon: "Sharelle is a sensational player and she's the sort of player that leads by example. She works her heart out on a court and that's what you want from a leader. (ABC, 14 Dec 2005)