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Sports world pays tribute to Australian star Jacinda Barclay following her death aged 29

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Tributes have been paid to Jacinda Barclay, a multi-sport Australian athlete who has died aged 29.

(CNN)Tributes have been paid to Jacinda Barclay, a multi-sport Australian athlete who has died aged 29.

Barclay played Australian rules in the AFLW for the Greater Western Sydney Giants and had a sporting background in baseball and American football.

She made 23 appearances for the Giants over four seasons, represented Australia as a pitcher in the Women's Baseball World Cup five times, and also played as a quarterback for the Chicago Bliss in the Legends Football League in the United States, winning a championship in her debut season.

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

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

"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.

"As an inaugural Giants AFLW player, Jacinda was a vital part of our club.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Jacinda's family and friends during this extremely tough time. "

In baseball, Barclay, who was born in Western Australia, made her World Cup debut aged 17.

"It's truly tragic news and we extend our thoughts to those close to Jacinda," said Baseball Australia chief executive Cam Vale.

Players from the AFLW and beyond paid tribute to Barclay, with Brisbane Lions midfielder Emma Zielke saying: "Heartbreaking to hear about this loss, love and thoughts to the entire Giants family and the Barclay family at this very sad time. "

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