Hayley Sofarnos is a member of the Australian Women’s Lacrosse squad, currently training for the 2022 World Lacrosse Women’s World Championship to be held in the USA, in July next year.
Born and raised in Melbourne by lacrosse royalty, the late great Sue Sofarnos OAM, Hayley has had a sustained and impressive career in the sport both domestically and internationally. She was recruited to Penn State University in the USA to play Division 1 college lacrosse on a sports scholarship after high school and is currently co-captain of Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club where she has played over 200 State League games at club level, as well as a vice-captain of the Victorian Women’s team, who have won eight National Championships since 2009.
Hayley first represented Australia at the Under 19 World Championships in 2007, achieving All-World Team selection just a few short months after her first knee reconstruction. 10 years later in 2017, she was selected in the Australian Senior Women’s team, but was unfortunately unable to compete due to a second ACL rupture just days prior to the event.
When she’s not training, Hayley has held and continues to hold various administrative & leadership roles within the lacrosse community. She has been President of Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club, of where she is a life member and has played since the age of 5, whilst also contributing to the future and growth of the sport both as a part of the Lacrosse Australia Athletes Advisory Committee, a contributor to the Australian Lacrosse Network and as a founding board member of the Sue Sofarnos Foundation, established following Sue's tragic passing last year.
Professionally, Hayley is an Executive Assistant at George Weston Foods and owns her own consultancy & design business, Your Pocket PA, while residing in Melbourne with her husband Chris.