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‘Profoundly sad’: Host’s touching tribute

The tributes poured in throughout the entirety of the day on Wednesday after the tragic death of Australian sporting pioneer Jacinda Barclay.Barclay, 29, died this week and her body was on Monday found inside her Chidlow home near Perth, according to WA Police.On Wednesday night, the heartbreaking loss continued to weigh heavily on the Australian…

The tributes poured in throughout the entirety of the day on Wednesday after the tragic death of Australian sporting pioneer Jacinda Barclay.

Barclay, 29, died this week and her body was on Monday found inside her Chidlow home near Perth, according to WA Police.

On Wednesday night, the heartbreaking loss continued to weigh heavily on the Australian sporting community with AFL 360 hosts Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson opening the show with a tribute to the young star.

“Terribly sad across the football landscape and particularly for those involved in the AFLW with tributes pouring in for Jacinda Barclay who passed away aged 29,” Whateley said.

“She was in the inaugural AFLW draft, she was taken by the (GWS) Giants and played her career there but that was just scratching the surface of what she did in her quite remarkable sporting career.

“She went with Australian baseball to five World Cups, she was rather curiously the winning quarterback in an American football legends league.

“She would work the off-season on an oil rig, she was a sporting pioneer and she clearly had a great sense of adventure and drew people to her.

“Her family released a statement which included the phrase, which is just profoundly sad and beautiful: ‘She was a shining comet that soared through this world casting her radiant light of love on all she met.’”

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“Mark of great respect for anyone who passes is the amount of acknowledgment and today on social media the acknowledgment for Jacinda was wide, very wide,” Robinson said.

“Yeah very sad day. Very sad day.”

“Terribly sad. To the family and particularly teammates and those who lived the sporting journey with her, all of our condolences from Fox Footy,” Whateley added.

Her Aussie-Kiwi family then released a joint statement on Wednesday afternoon to ask that she be remembered as the daring, vibrant star that was loved by so many.

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

“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.”

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The AFLW also released a statement on Wednesday, passing on its “deepest compassion” to the family.

AFL Head of Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone said: “There are few words that we can express at this time, other than to convey our sadness and sincerest condolences to the Barclay family.

“Jacinda’s loss will be taken very hard by so many people within our game across all levels.

“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to express my deepest compassion to the Barclay family, friends and colleagues.”

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