Netball champion Sharelle McMahon will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
CHAMPION goaler Sharelle McMahon’s standing as one of netball’s all-time greats will be recognised with her induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame this week.
The former captain will become just the sixth netballer to join the elite band of Australian sporting stars at Thursday’s gala awards night.
McMahon’s entry into the Hall of Fame comes just three years after her retirement, following a career that netted two World Cups, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and multiple domestic crowns.
Rated by some as the best player in the world at her peak, McMahon was one of the most dynamic and creative goal attacks the game has seen and one of the most reliable shooters under big-game pressure.
McMahon, who played 118 Tests, said she was humbled to join Australia’s sporting greats.
“When I was first told about it, I nearly fell off my chair, I was so surprised that I was given the honour,” she said.
“When I got the paperwork and realised there’s only a handful of netballers that are in the Hall of Fame, it kind of made it even more amazing I have been selected to join.
“It’s something I receive gratefully, but with a little bit of shock mixed in. It was never on my radar anyway, and let alone so soon after my retirement, but I guess that’s another reason why it’s really special.’’
McMahon made her debut for the Diamonds in 1998 and was the youngest member of the team that won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur that year.
She rated the 1999 World Cup, when she famously took the final shot of a gripping final, and the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games as her two standout moments.
Source: Herald Sun