Jacinda Barclay dies aged 29, GWS Giants AFLW star

The Australian sports community mourns the news that 29-year-old multi-athlete Jacinda Barclay passed away this week.

Barclay was a star in a number of sports including Aussies Rules, baseball, and American football.

She played as a key striker with the GWS Giants in the AFLW, represented Australia in five baseball world championships and won a championship as a quarterback in the Legends Football League in the USA.

Barclay played 23 games for the Giants after being selected as Pick 65 in the 2016 AFLW Draft.

“The Giants are deeply saddened by the death of AFLW player Jacinda Barclay,” said GWS in a statement released on Wednesday morning.

Jacinda Barclay played for the GWS Giants (Instagram)

“Jacinda was a very popular member of the Giants family and we are all devastated when she died,” said David Matthews, Giants chief executive.

“Jacinda gave up a lot to pursue her sporting dreams around the world and we are grateful that she called our club at home for four years.

“As the first AFLW player from Giants, 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.”

Giants’ Jacinda Barclay was a key striker (Getty)

Honors for Barclay flowed on social media from former teammates and friends.

“The news is devastating and our hearts are breaking,” said Steph Mur, Barclays LFL teammate from Chicago Bliss.

“Jacinda lived a life that most people could only imagine. She was an elite multi-athlete who was constantly pushing boundaries around the world.

“She was the dream of every coach and player – a fearless leader full of positivity, great knowledge, willingness to grow and commitment to every team member. More importantly, she was an all around bad person.

“I am honored to have played by your side and above all to have known your beautiful energy and bubbly, comedic personality. Your brightness will never cease to shine in our hearts. Take a rest, Cinda! ”

“Take a rest, Barcs,” said Phoebe Monahan, who played alongside Barclay with the Giants in AFLW, on Instagram in a touching post with photos of the couple.

Kayla Lee was a friend and teammate of Barclay’s LFL in the US and expressed “shock” at the “devastating news”.

“Life is short,” said Lee.

“You never really know what someone is going through. This morning I woke up to the devastating news that we had lost one of the most vibrant, positive and spirited souls on this planet.

“Cinda has been one of my closest friends since we met seven years ago while training and playing in the LFL. She was my quarterback and always had my back. We trained hard, laughed hard and sometimes partied hard together.

“She was a naturally talented multi-athlete who was motivated, ambitious, and a leader who fought demons none of us knew about. I am utterly broken and utterly shocked.

“Life is short. Don’t hold a grudge or waste time on unimportant things. Take care of people, tell them you love them and live every day to the fullest. Take a rest, Cinda, you will be missed very much. ”

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