The AFL female player Jacinda Barclay has died.
Barclay, who played 23 games for Greater Western Sydney in all four seasons of the women’s competition, was selected in the first draft in 2016 with selection 65 and referred to as a “popular member of the Giants family”.
“We are all devastated by her death,” said Giants boss David Matthews.
“Jacinda gave up a lot to pursue her athletic dreams around the world and we are grateful that she called our club home for four years.
“As the first Giants AFLW player, Jacinda was an important part of our club. Additionally, Jacinda’s spirit and infectious personality made her a popular and memorable member of the GIANTS family. She will always be part of our club.
“Our thoughts and condolences go to Jacinda’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
Barclay war 29.
It is believed she moved back to Perth to be with family and friends when she sought treatment for her mental health.
The Giants Utility, which had overcome serious injuries in 2010 after breaking both legs in a motorcycle accident, spoke of their pride in becoming a role model for young women in 2019.
She had gone to see the Giants when she learned that the AFLW competition was to be brought forward to 2017, making her long-cherished dream a reality.
“I’m absolutely thrilled with what I’m getting from AFL on so many levels in terms of developing as an athlete on and off the field,” Barclay told AFL.com.au in 2019.
“But I also love being a role model for many young women who come through and through. I’ve always kept that close to my heart.
“I think it’s great that I can influence people’s lives more positively. I’m part of this collective and it’s a big movement. ”
The respected athlete had also represented the Australian baseball team at five women’s baseball world championships and played professional football for the Chicago Bliss in the Legends Football League in the United States.
Former Giants player Phoebe Monahan posted a tribute to her buddy on Instagram.
“Take a rest, Barcs,” she wrote.
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