'She was fighting demons none of us knew': Tragedy as young sports star dies aged just 29 as tributes pour in for the AFLW player who also excelled at baseball and gridiron
One of Australia's brightest young sports stars has died aged just 29.
Jacinda Barclay, who played a number of sports including Aussie Rules, baseball and American football, was found dead on Tuesday.
Kayla Lee, who played in Legends Football League with Barclay, said she woke on Wednesday to the 'devastating news' the sport 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 seven 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.'
Steph Mur, who played gridiron with Barclay at the Chicago Bliss, said her heart was breaking after hearing the news of her former teammate's passing.
斯蒂夫·穆尔(Steph Mur)曾在芝加哥布利斯(Chicago Bliss)与巴克莱一起玩格里迪龙(Gridiron)，她说，听到前队友去世的消息后，她的心都碎了。
'The news is devastating and our hearts are breaking,' wrote Mur.
'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!'
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 and then turned her attentions to AFLW.
Barclay joined the competition in the Giants' first season in 2017, playing a total of 23 games and kicking 11 goals in four campaigns.
The West Australian born Barclay began playing Australian Rules football at the age of 12 but concentrated on baseball in her teenage years.
She made her state baseball debut for Western Australia at the age of 15 at the 2006 national championships, and the following year was included in the national squad for the first time.
Barclay 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.
When she wasn't competing on the field,Barclay worked as a technician on oil rigs, and as a ward clerk at a private hospital.
'Any mature female athlete who wants to pursue sport has to juggle her career as well, so it's nothing unusual for me, or that category,' she told the AFLW website last year.
Barclay played 23 games with the Greater Western Sydney Giants, who released a statement on Wednesday morning about her shock death.
'Jacinda was a much-loved member of the Giants family and we are all devastated by her passing,' Giants Chief Executive David Matthews said.
'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. More than that though, 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.'
Former LFL teammateDeena Fagiano said her 'goofy' Australian friend would always be in her heart.
'Devastated, my heart is Broken. The world has lost the brightest light, most badass athlete, and amazing friend,' Fagiano wrote.
'I am honored to have had you in my life and play along side you. Your energy was Infectious and I will always be inspired by your determination.
'Your bravery to travel around the world to lead a team you had never met always continues to impress me and I will always have incredible respect for you.'
Lifeline: 13 11 14,Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 andHeadspace: 1800 650 890.
生命线：13 11 14，Beyond Blue：1300 22 4636，Headspace：1800 650 890。