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McMahon ruled out of World Netball Championships
Australian Diamonds captain Sharelle McMahon will miss the World Netball
Championships in July following an operation to repair a ruptured
McMahon said that she would take time to consider her playing future as
she assesses the impact of her injury and speed of her recovery, but
that there was clearly no way she would be up for netball's milestone
"It's heartbreaking to realise I won't be captaining the Diamonds at the
"I have every confidence in the depth and strength of Australian netball
and will be the biggest fan and supporter from the sidelines."
McMahon said that she had been humbled by the messages of support from
fans around the country.
"It's lovely to know that so many people out there are supporting me and
sending their best wishes for my recovery. It has really helped during
this time and I'm very appreciative."
McMahon sustained the injury last Thursday night during the Vixens v
Firebirds ANZ Championship match and underwent surgery on Friday.
The surgery went well, however a recovery process of six to twelve
months means that there is no chance she will be part of Australia's
World Championships campaign in Singapore.
Diamonds coach Norma Plummer said it was a cruel blow for the captain.
"It's terribly disappointing for the kid. She'd been playing and moving
so well and it seems very unfair - I thought she'd had her fair share of
"It's up to the other players to step up now - I believe we have the
mental toughness, discipline and will to win the World Championships and
the loss of Sharelle means an opportunity for someone else to make their
Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said that the organisation would
support McMahon and keep her involved in netball activities whenever
possible throughout the rehabilitation process.
"We expect Sharelle's leadership role in netball will continue during
her recovery and beyond.
"There is no doubt she is one of Australia's most loved players and we
know that fans around the country will join us in wishing her a speedy
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