The Australian sporting community has been left shocked and saddened by news of Jacinda Barclay's death at the age of 29.
The extremely talented star played in a remarkable five World Cups for the Australian women's baseball team, before making the move to the AFLW.
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Barclay was described as the "Sonny Bill Williams" of women's sport when she was signed for the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
She made her debut for GWS in 2017 and played 23 games for the footy club.
The Giants paid tribute to the 29-year-old on their social media account, saying the club is "deeply saddened" by her passing.
The GIANTS are deeply saddened by the passing of AFLW player Jacinda Barclay.— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) October 13, 2020
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.
It was in baseball that the multi-talented Barclay really shined, however, with Barclay making her debut for Australia as a 17-year-old for the 2008 World Cup in Japan.
A right-armed pitcher, Barclay won silver with Australia at the 2010 Women's World Cup in Venezuela.
She was also part of the Aussie sides in the three proceeding editions of the tournament in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Barclay also had a brief but successful stint in American football after visa issues hampered her participation in the Lingerie Football League.
Her 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.
Former teammates of the much-loved star have been left heartbroken by news of her death, the cause of which has not been reported.
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"The news is devastating and our hearts are breaking,” Steph Mur - a former teammate of Barclay's at the Chicago Bliss - wrote.
"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!”
Tributes have also been pouring in on social media as the sporting world comes to terms with Barclay's tragic passing.
RIP Jacinda Barclay . A foundation member of the @GWSGIANTS AFLW team ❤️— Dan (@DJennings97) 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
Incredible athlete. Beautiful person. X— Social Kris-tancing (@DesignedToFade) October 13, 2020
Extremely sad news... so very young RIP 💐— AllyA (@amajdandzic1) October 13, 2020
This is very sad, Mary. 😔— Martin (@hammersaint) October 13, 2020
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jacinda Barclay this morning.— Brian Barrish (@BarrishUSAFL) October 13, 2020
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
🥺 Am shattered, keep hoping its wrong somehow— Rebecca Hayne (@BeccaHayne) October 13, 2020
Always reach out right......
“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 ❤️— Amy McCann (@amymccann) October 13, 2020
📲 My tribute https://t.co/cbSWkPAJGF #womeninsport pic.twitter.com/Yx0nLnbTbI
I'm only reading this now.#AFLW GWS' Jacinda Barclay passed away at the age of 29.— Alex Docherty (@TheAlexDocherty) October 13, 2020
Taken way, way too soon, my thoughts go out to all of her family and friends.
Such a talented athlete, gone too soon.— The LGL End Zone (@TheLGLEndZone) October 13, 2020
New South Wales Surge Superstar
RIP Jacinda Barclay. pic.twitter.com/WUQW4aNPG4
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