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GWS, AFLW pay tribute to player Jacinda Barclay following her death at the age of 29

Tributes flow for Jacinda Barclay, who represented Australia at five baseball World Cups and also played American football before turning her attentions to AFLW.

Greater Western Sydney AFLW player Jacinda Barclay, who also represented Australia at five baseball World Cups, has died at the age of 29.

Key points:
  • Australian multi-sport athlete Jacinda Barclay, who made it to elite level in two codes of football and baseball, has died
  • The Western Australian native made her international baseball debut at 17, and represented Australia at five World Cups
  • Barclay then played American football in the LFL, before 23 AFLW games for the Giants over four seasons

A host of her 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 in a statement on Wednesday.

"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 ... 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."


AFL head of women's football Nicole Livingstone also expressed her sadness on behalf of the league.

"There are few words that we can express at this time, other than to convey our sadness and sincerest condolences to the Barclay family," Livingstone said.

"Jacinda's loss will be taken very hard by so many people within our game across all levels.

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

AFL Players' Association chief executive Paul Marsh said they were working with the Giants to ensure Barclay's teammates are receiving support at this time.


Barclay's multi-sport journey

The talented sportswoman 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 then turned her attentions to AFLW.

Jacinda Barclay grimaces while following through after a mighty drop puntJacinda Barclay grimaces while following through after a mighty drop punt
Jacinda Barclay kicked 11 goals for the Giants.(AAP: Mark Evans)

Barclay joined the competition in the Giants' first season in 2017, playing a total of 23 games and kicking 11 goals in four campaigns.

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

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

Barclay's American football career included spells with the NSW Surge for the inaugural 2013-14 season of LFL Australia and as a quarterback led them to a title in the competition's lone campaign.

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.


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