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Tributes Come Flooding After Sudden Death Of Aussie Sporting Great Jacinda Barclay

Tributes Come Flooding After Sudden Death Of Aussie Sporting Great Jacinda Barclay

Australian sports fans across the country have been rocked by the sudden death of Jacinda Barclay.

Barclay was widely regarded as one of the most talented Australian athletes of all-time having played baseball and gridiron before starring in the AFLW.

She was just 29 years old.

Jacinda Barclay has tragically passed away. Credit: GWS GIANTS
Jacinda Barclay has tragically passed away. Credit: GWS GIANTS
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Tributes from family members, fans and former teammates have come flooding in following the tragic passing.

Barclay has been described as a pioneer in women's sport and she had one helluva sporting resume to her name too.

Not only did she represent Australia in five baseball World Cups (making her debut at just 17 back in 2008), but she also established herself internationally too.

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After guiding the New South Wales Surge to a title in the inaugural Legends Football League, Barclay moved over to America and won a championship in her first season with the Chicago Bliss.

Following her success in the United States, Barclay returned Down Under in 2017 to play Aussie Rules Football for the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

She ended up playing 23 AFLW games for GWS and was loved by everyone at the club - and in the competition for that matter.

Barclay in her Legends Football League uniform. Credit: Instagram
Barclay in her Legends Football League uniform. Credit: Instagram
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Barclay's natural ability in almost every code had many dubbing her the "Sonny Bill Williams" of women's sport.

And rightly so.

Barclay made her baseball debut for Australia at just 17 years old at the 2008 World Cup in Japan. Credit: Instagram
Barclay made her baseball debut for Australia at just 17 years old at the 2008 World Cup in Japan. Credit: Instagram

In the wake of the devastating news, fans flocked to social media to pay their respects to Barclay.

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GWS tweeted: "The GIANTS are deeply saddened by the passing of AFLW player Jacinda Barclay."

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While AFL Women's said: "AFL Women's extends its deepest sympathies to the Barclay family."

And Ladies Who League added: "My heart is heavy hearing the news that Jacinda Barclay has passed away. An incredible athlete that I met during her time with the @aflwomens @GWSGIANTS Sending love and light to all her knew her and a reminder to us all to be kind to ourselves + those around us."

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Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.