Talented Aussie sportswoman Barclay dies

Jacinda Barclay, who represented Australia at five baseball World Cups before turning her attentions to AFLW, has died at the age of 29.

Tributes have flowed for Greater Western Sydney AFLW player Jacinda Barclay, who also represented Australia at five baseball World Cups.

Barclay died at the age of 29 in the Perth suburb of Chidlow on Monday and her family said on Wednesday her memory would be a "beacon" for all sportswomen.

"She was a shining comet that soared through this world casting her radiant light of love on all she met," Barclay's family said in a statement.

"Though that comet has now shattered into a million pieces, the memory of it will remain a beacon for all women in high profile sports to strive to excel, to dare to be great while staying humble and proud."

WA Police said Barclay's death was not being treated as suspicious.

A host of Barclay's AFLW counterparts took to social media with tributes while GWS CEO David Matthews said Barclay would "always be a part of our club".

"Jacinda was a much-loved member of the Giants family and we are all devastated by her passing," Matthews said.

"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.

"Her spirit and infectious personality made her a popular and unforgettable member of the Giants family."

Barclay joined the AFLW in the Giants' first season in 2017 and went on to play a total of 23 games, kicking 11 goals in four campaigns.

She was put on GWS' inactive player list earlier this month and was not going to feature in the 2021 AFLW season.

Barclay began playing Australian Rules football at the age of 12 but had concentrated on baseball in her teenage years.

A talented sportswoman, Barclay made her international baseball debut as a 17-year-old and won a silver medal at the 2010 World Cup before she played American football in Australia and the US between 2012 and 2016.

She represented Australia's national women's baseball team the Emeralds at World Cups in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

"Jacinda made a significant contribution not only to our sport over a long period of time but a number of other sports, on and off the field," Baseball Australia chief executive Cam Vale said.

"We are deeply shocked and saddened by Jacinda's passing."

In her American football career, Barclay led the NSW Surge to the LFL Australia title in the competition's first and only season in 2013-14, playing as a quarterback.

In 2016, Barclay was scouted by the Chicago Bliss for America's Legends Football League and won a championship in her first season.

She returned to Australian Rules football when the AFLW began.

"Jacinda's loss will be taken very hard by so many people within our game across all levels," AFL head of women's football Nicole Livingstone said.

"On behalf of the AFL, I would like to express my deepest compassion to the Barclay family, friends and colleagues."

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