Jacinda Barclay has sadly passed away. She was born on February 18, 1991.
Barclay grew up in Chidlow, Western Australia (a rural locality in the Perth Hills), and attended La Salle College. As of 2016, she was working in the professional diving industry as an assistant life support technician, and had aspirations to become a sports psychologist.
She is an Australian sportswoman who has played baseball, Australian football, and American football at high levels. She has represented the Australian national team in five Women’s Baseball World Cups, and played professional football for the Chicago Bliss in the Legends Football League and Greater Western Sydney in the AFL Women’s competition. For her success across multiple sports, one writer has called Barclay “the Sonny Bill Williams of women’s sport”.
Barclay spent her entire junior baseball career on boys’ teams. A right-arm pitcher, she made her state 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 the Australian national team (the Emeralds) in the 2008 World Cup in Japan at the age of 17. She won a silver medal at the 2010 World Cup in Venezuela, and has since played in three more world cups (Canada 2012, Japan 2014, and South Korea 2016).
Barclay began playing Australian football at the age of twelve, although she gave it up for a period in order to concentrate on baseball. At amateur level, she played for periods with Swan Districts in the West Australian Women’s Football League (WAWFL) and the UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays in the Sydney Women’s AFL competition. Barclay represented both Western Australia and NSW/ACT at the AFL Women’s National Championships. She was drafted to Greater Western Sydney with the 65th pick overall in the 2016 AFL Women’s draft, and made her senior debut for the club in round one of the 2017 season, against Adelaide at Thebarton Oval.
After playing six games in 2017, Barclay signed for the 2018 season with Greater Western Sydney during the trade period in May 2017.
Barclay began playing American football in 2012, while living in Chicago. Her initial attempts to win a contract in the Legends Football League were thwarted by her visa status. Barclay later signed with the New South Wales Surge for the inaugural 2013–14 season of LFL Australia (the competition’s only season so far). She played as a quarterback, leading her team to a title and winning an award as the best offensive player in the league. In 2016, Barclay was scouted by the Chicago Bliss in the main LFL competition in the United States. She won a championship in her first season.
She is survived by her family members.
RIP Jacinda Barclay . A foundation member of the @GWSGIANTS AFLW team ❤️
— Dan (@DJennings97) October 13, 2020
Cause of Death
Her cause of death is still unknown at the moment, we will update you as soon as we have the full details about her death.
Funeral Service & GoFundme
Funeral services will be made known as soon as it is being updated. Memorial donations may be made in Jarcinda’s name through the GoFundme page.