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Date Inducted: 13 Oct 2016
Sport: Netball
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Sharelle McMahon - Netball

Sharelle McMahon was Inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame on Thursday 13 October, 2016 as an Athlete Member for the sport of Netball.

Sharelle McMahon was one of Australia’s most successful and enduring netballers. In total, McMahon won two gold and two silver medals across four Commonwealth Games. She carried the flag for Australia at the Delhi Games, was a part of three Netball World Cup teams for two wins and played for Australia 118 times, 12 of those as captain in an international career spanning 14 years. She finished with 2520 international goals at an average of just over 21 per Test.

Sharelle McMahon began playing netball at the age of seven, in a team coached by her mother Olive in the country Victoria town of Bamawm, near Echuca.

Moving to Melbourne at 16 to take up a Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship, McMahon progressed quickly through Victorian junior netball ranks.  She gained selection in the Melbourne Phoenix team in the newly created national netball League and the Australian Under 21 side in 1996.

McMahon made her debut for the Australian Diamonds in 1998 and was the youngest member of the team that won the netball gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

In total, McMahon won two gold and two silver medals across four Commonwealth Games. She carried the flag for Australia at the Delhi Games, was a part of three Netball World Cup teams for two wins and played for Australia 118 times, 12 of those as captain in an international career spanning 14 years. She finished with 2520 international goals at an average of just over 21 per Test.

Most famously she took the final shot in the dying seconds of the gripping 1999 World Netball Cup final, capturing the title for the Diamonds in a heart stopper against New Zealand.

A fixture in the goal circle as either goal attack or goal shooter for Melbourne Phoenix for 11 seasons, including four as captain, McMahon also lead the Melbourne Vixen from their inaugural season in 2008, leading the team to their first championship win in 2009.

McMahon ruptured her Achilles tendon in an ANZ Championships game in 2011, forcing her withdrawal from the 2011 Netball World Cup.  Considering her future she briefly returned to the court before taking time off for the birth of son Xavier in 2012.  She returned for one more season before retirement in 2013. 


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