Tributes pour in for Jacinda Barclay after sudden death
There wasn’t a sport Jacinda Barclay couldn’t play.
She featured in five World Cups for the Australian women’s baseball team, lined up for the GWS Giants in AFLW and even won a championship playing quarterback in America’s Legends Football League.
Australia lost one of its most unique talents this week when Barclay passed away at the age of 29.
Tributes are pouring in for the late star from devastated teammates who remember the West Australian sports player as the perfect person to have by your side when entering the sports arena.
“The news is devastating and our hearts are breaking,” wrote Steph Mur, who played with Barclay at the Chicago Bliss.
“Jacinda lived a life that most people could only imagine. She was an elite multi-sport athlete constantly shredding boundaries around the world. She was every coach and players’ dream- a fearless leader full of positivity, vast knowledge, eagerness to grow and dedication to every team member. More importantly, she was an all-round badass person.
“I feel honoured to have played alongside you and more importantly to have known your beautiful energy and bubbly, comedic personality. Your brightness will never stop shining in our hearts. Rest easy Cinda!”
“Life is short,” added Kayla Lee, who also played in the LFL.
“You never really know what someone is going through. This morning I woke up to the devastating news that we had lost one of the most vibrant, positive and spirited souls on this planet.
“Cinda has been one of my closest friends since we met 7 years ago training and playing in the LFL. She was my quarterback and always had my back. We trained hard, laughed hard and sometimes partied hard together.
“She was a naturally talented multi-sport athlete, who was driven, ambitious and a leader that was fighting demons none of us knew about. I am absolutely heartbroken and in complete shock.”
Phoebe Monahan, who played with Barclay at the GWS Giants, wrote: “Rest easy Barcs.”
Barclay started her venture into sports from a young age, as she played against boys in Aussie Rules before pursuing baseball.