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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.
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.
The GIANTS are deeply saddened by the passing of AFLW player Jacinda Barclay.
- GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) October 13, 2020
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.
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's natural ability in almost every code had many dubbing her the "Sonny Bill Williams" of women's sport.
And rightly so.
In the wake of the devastating news, fans flocked to social media to pay their respects to Barclay.
GWS tweeted: "The GIANTS are deeply saddened by the passing of AFLW player Jacinda Barclay."
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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AFL Women's extends its deepest sympathies to the Barclay family: https://t.co/vc11XP2unP
Vale Jacinda Barclay pic.twitter.com/HkISXwzcAj
- AFL Women's (@aflwomens) October 13, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/y61KbZPx2G
- LadiesWhoLeague (@LadiesWhoLeague) October 13, 2020
We're deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jacinda Barclay and send our condolences to her family, friends and teammates. :blue_heart: https://t.co/0FY3d9Ut2K
- Carlton Women's (@carltonfc_w) October 13, 2020
We've been made aware of some sad news tonight, that GWS Giants footballer Jacinda Barclay, has passed away, aged 29.
It was a pleasure to know 'Cinda' and she'll be sorely missed.
If you feel you need to talk to someone, please call @LifelineAust on 13 11 14. pic.twitter.com/YfpJ4pv0WS
- Women's Australian Rules Football Radio (@WARFRadio) October 13, 2020
:broken_heart: Vale Jacinda Barclay.
The GWS Giants say they are "deeply saddened by the passing" of 29-year-old footballer Jacinda Barclay.
"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." pic.twitter.com/YOoKk3Y1MA
- ABC Grandstand (@abcgrandstand) October 13, 2020
So very sad to hear the news this morning about Jacinda Barclay. A multi-sport star and inaugural Giant who travelled the world in pursuit of her dreams. Sending love to her family, friends, teammates and all of the #AFLW community who are no doubt hurting https://t.co/YkrVmhshiF
- Kate O'Halloran (@Kate_ohalloran) October 13, 2020
When we spoke a few weeks ago at practise, I wouldn't have believed you were anything but the cheerful Jacinda we have all come to know
You never know what someone is going through. Be kind
RIP to one of the best athletes I've ever seen step on the mound, oval and gridiron :yellow_heart::green_heart: pic.twitter.com/ufOU8gMCsL
- Todd Van Steensel (@toddvs35) October 13, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jacinda Barclay this morning.
A true all-rounder in footy, baseball, and gridiron, she was one of the driving forces behind the @AussieSparks tour of the USA in 2017.
My condolences to her friends and family. pic.twitter.com/beM2tEf4ms
- Brian Barrish (@BarrishUSAFL) October 13, 2020
"There are people you meet in life who - quite often without even trying - make the world brighter and lighter. I know for myself, Jacinda Barclay certainly was the leading example of such a person."#RIP Barcs :heart:
:calling: My tribute https://t.co/cbSWkPAJGF #womeninsport pic.twitter.com/Yx0nLnbTbI
- Amy McCann (@amymccann) October 13, 2020
Featured Image Credit: Twitter, Greater Western Sydney Giants
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