Sharon Finnan

Sharon Finnan OAM was born in the inner suburb of Surry Hills, NSW and by the time she was in high school, Sharon was playing district netball in the St. George area.

Sharon acknowledges that for a couple of years she didn't really train hard and missed out on a few opportunities, but she finally came under notice after making the NSW 21 and under team for the 1987 national championships as goal defence.

Some of her other Netball Career highlights include:
Gaining selection into the Australian 21 and under team for the World Youth Cup in Canberra and an invitation to the Australian Institute of Sport in 1988; qualifying for the national team for a tri-nation series against England and New Zealand; a member of the Australian team that beat New Zealand by one goal in 1991, where the team was awarded the Order of Australia for services to sport.

Sharon is currently working in Cairns with Sport and Recreation Services in the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing and as a mother of two young boys, her focus is to be a positive role model for them.

"I am always motivating and encouraging them to show an interest in health and fitness." Sharon said.

"I've had a great netball career and have been able to work with Indigenous communities although since my retirement from the sport my focus has changed from encouraging community to encouraging family."

Sharon moved to Cairns eight years ago, for family reasons and loves the fact that her boys have the opportunity to grow up in a regional environment.

Through her many years in her elite sporting career she has so much that she would like to pass on to others that are thinking about a sport's career.

Sharon believes that a career in the sporting industry can open many doors that includes; an exciting and rewarding professional career; travelling to sporting events; and opportunities to meet local and elite sporting heroes.

"My involvement in sport has provided me with the confidence, motivation and work ethic to take chances and be persistent until I have reached my goals" Sharon said.

"Sport has enabled me to be a good role model for my kids and to lead by example."