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Inaugural Giant Barclay dies

Greater Western Sydney Giants forward Jacinda Barclay has passed away at the age of 29.

Barclay was part of the inaugural GWS squad, joining the club in the 2016 AFLW draft and playing 23 games of a possible 28 in her four seasons.

Barclay played two other sports at the elite level, playing baseball as a pitcher for the Australian baseball team, winning two bronze medals and a silver in representing her country at five world cups.

She had also previously been a gridiron quarterback for the Chicago Bliss in the Legends Football League in the US.

Her family, originally from New Zealand, released the following statement.

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

"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 our privacy at this sad time. 

IMAGE: Yahoo Sport.

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