Sporting community saddened by the passing of AFLW player Jacinda Barclay

Sporting community saddened by the passing of AFLW player Jacinda Barclay

Jacinda Barclay

The sporting community is mourning after the passing of AFLW player Jacinda Barclay this week, aged 29.

Barclay was a multi-talented athlete, competing at elite levels not just in AFLW, but also baseball and American football.

In her decorated sporting career, Barclay became a foundation GWS Giants player in the AFLW, playing four seasons and 23 games for the club.

She also represented Australia in five women’s Baseball World Cups, winning a silver and two bronze medals. She won a championship playing for the Chicago Bliss as a quarterback in the Legends Football League in the United States.

Her sudden passing has left the sporting community saddened and in shock.

GWS Chief Executive David Matthews said Jacinda was a much-loved member for the GWS GIANTS and AFLW community.

“Jacinda gave up a great deal to follow her sporting dreams around the world and we are grateful that she called our club home for four years,” he said in a statement.

“As an inaugural GIANTS AFLW player, Jacinda was a vital part of our club. More than that though, Jacinda’s spirit and infectious personality made her a popular and unforgettable member of the GIANTS family. She will always be a part of our club. 

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Jacinda’s family and friends during this extremely tough time.”

Steph Muir, one of Barclay’s former Chicago Bliss teammates, wrote a tribute to Jacinda’s life on Instagram.

“Jacinda lived a life that most people could only imagine,” Muir said. 

“She was an elite multi-sport athlete constantly shredding boundaries around the world. She was every coach and players’ dream- a fearless leader full of positivity, vast knowledge, eagerness to grow, & dedication to every team member.

“More importantly, she was an all-around badass person.”

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The news is devastating & our hearts are breaking 💔 Jacinda lived a life that most people could only imagine. She was an elite multi-sport athlete constantly shredding boundaries around the world. She was every coach and players’ dream- a fearless leader full of positivity, vast knowledge, eagerness to grow, & dedication to every team member. More importantly, she was an all-around badass person. I feel honored to have played alongside you & more importantly to have known your beautiful energy & bubbly, comedic personality. Your brightness will never stop shining in our hearts. Rest easy Cinda! To my Bliss family- I love you & will always be here for you. Never forget that 🧡💙. #ChicagoBliss #Bliss4Life #BlissBliss #ThatsMyQuarterback

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