‘A true star who shone both inside and out’

The footy world is in mourning after a ‘vibrant and loveable’ teenage star died aged 16.

Tributes have poured in for Samara Whitney, a member of the Wynyard Football Club and Tasmania Devils program, after her death this week.

‘It is with great sadness and heartache, we acknowledge the sudden passing of Samara Whitney,’ Wynyard FC said on social media.

‘Samara has been a part of the WFC family since juniors and played an integral role in our Senior Women’s Premiership side this year.

‘A vibrant & loveable young lady who has made her mark at the WFC as a passionate and talented player, who had a big future ahead of her.

Tributes have poured in for a ‘vibrant and loveable’ footy star who has died aged 16
Samara Whitney passed away this week, her footy club in Tasmania has confirmed

‘Our young gun, our pocket rocket, our number 2 … such a positive influence for all. Someone who had a great connection with both our club and the wider community. This will last forever.

‘A true star who shone bright both inside and out.

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‘We thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey and for bringing so much light (and) joy into so many lives.’

AFL Tasmania also released a statement on Wednesday evening. 

‘AFL Tasmania extends its deepest sympathies to the Wynyard Football Club, North West Football League and Tasmania Devils communities following the sudden passing of Samara Whitney,’ they said.

‘Samara was a beloved member of the Wynyard Cats and the Tasmania Devils program, having also represented the NWFL in this year’s Women’s All Stars Series.

‘Our thoughts are with Samara’s friends, family and members of the Tassie footy community.’

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to ‘give Samara the beautiful send off she deserves.’ Donations have reached almost $27,000.

The Wynyard Football Club is opening its doors on September 8 for the public to pay their respects to Samara.

Her school will also provide counselling and support services to help students, staff and their families cope with her tragic loss.  

Samara was just 16 years old

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