'A shining comet': Jacinda Barclay's family breaks silence over tragedy

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
AFLW star Jacinda Barclay (pictured left) giving the peace sign and (pictured right) celebrating.
The family has released a statement after the death of AFLW star Jacinda Barclay (pictured). (Images: Instagram/Getty Images)

The family of Jacinda Barclay has broken their silence after the death of the extremely popular Aussie sporting star.

The Australian baseball, AFLW and American football star's death at the age of 29 has sent shockwaves through Aussie sport.

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WA police confirmed the devastating news that Barclay's body was found at a residence in Chidlow, east of Perth, on Monday afternoon.

Police and paramedics attended the scene but were unable to revive her.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Barclay family released a statement and said the cross-code superstar would be remembered as a ‘shining comet’ in their lives.

“It is with deep regret and sadness that the Barclay Whanau (family) announces the passing of our beautiful and beloved daughter, Jacinda Hannah Barclay,” the statement read.

“She was a shining comet that soared through this world casting her radiant light of love on all she met.

“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.

“The Whanau request that you respect out privacy at this sad time.”

Sporting world pays respect to Jacinda Barclay

Teammates of the popular star have left glowing tributes to Barclay in a sign of the effect she had on so many lives that she came into contact with.

"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.

Jacinda Barclay of GWS Giants walks off the field after victory in the round five AFLW match.
Jacinda Barclay of GWS Giants walks off the field after victory in the round five AFLW match. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

"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.

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