Sharni Layton On Her Transition From Netball To AFLW

AFLW’s Sharni Layton On Why You Need To Take A Risk

Safe to say, it’s been a pretty huge past year for Sharni Layton. Since retiring from the netball court, the 31-year-old athlete has made the switch to a totally new sporting code – AFLW – as a player for Collingwood Football Club. Add to that an engagement to boyfriend Luke Norder as well as a […]

by | Aug 27, 2020

Safe to say, it’s been a pretty huge past year for Sharni Layton. Since retiring from the netball court, the 31-year-old athlete has made the switch to a totally new sporting code – AFLW – as a player for Collingwood Football Club. Add to that an engagement to boyfriend Luke Norder as well as a move into TV presenting on Fox Footy’s Bounce, where she joins a panel in recapping the footy week.

Good job this legend has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Here, Sharni shares what she’s learned about embracing the next move, living in the moment and why it’s frickin’ awesome to take a risk.

Tackle challenges head on

“AFLW happens at such a great speed, so one of the biggest challenges is playing the game under pressure. It’s a lot to wrap my mind around – nailing skills, getting around my teammates, knowing where to run, getting to ground balls, clunking marks in big packs. But, I’ve always loved a challenge and my brain is eating up the new information. I have a whole new appreciation for the game, the girls, their skills and how strong and fit they are.” 

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Take in every moment

“AFLW is such a supportive environment. I remember my first time playing ruck. It took me a while to wrap my head around the fact that I was going to run in and jump at someone… and may the strongest girl win! I copped a corky from my teammate who giggled, “Welcome to football Sharni – run in and carry on!” I also really appreciate being able to run out onto fields like Victoria Park where Collingwood has so much history, and play at Marvel Stadium with between eight and 10,000 people watching us. Also, the fact that we play where the boys play. My dreams have come true.”

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Be alright with stuffing up

“Elite athletes are perfectionists so [moving into TV presenting] has challenged me in the sense that I need to be OK with learning, not being the best and being OK when I stuff up – I’ll fix it the next time around. We have to do this in many areas of life, so it has definitely prepared me for life after sport which, I’m so grateful for. Fortunately, I’ve never been camera shy, but it’s just about nailing new skills with the whole world watching… and trying to forget that part!”

Embrace your inner risk-taker

“If you want a change, go for it. If the grass isn’t greener, then at least you know. But, you might find you get a whole new lease on life by learning new skills. I believe life rewards those who take risks. It might be asking for a new role in your current workplace or simply keeping an eye out. It’s about doing your research and making an informed decision. If you’re unsure what to do, ask yourself – what is it you’re passionate about? What is your value and where can you apply it? It’s pretty daunting going on a show like Bounce with three very good ex-footballers and trying to hold my own. But, I think about what I can add to the panel that they can’t, then use that to my strength.”

Check out Bounce on Fox Footy every Sunday night after the football. For more from Sharni, listen to her chat on our podcast WH Uninterrupted.

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It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 


Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 


Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 


Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 


Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?