A a rising young footballer has died suddenly sending shockwaves through her community in Tasmania.
Wednesday’s headlines: new Qantas CEO Vanessa Hudson’s first day on the job comes alongside a parliamentary inquiry set to investigate the Federal Government’s decision to block Qatar Airlines.
Samara Whitney, who played for the Wynyard Football Club and was part of the Tasmania Devils program, has been remembered as a “loveable young lady” with tributes pouring in.
“It is with great sadness and heartache, we acknowledge the sudden passing of Samara Whitney,” Wynyard FC said in a social media post, The Mercury reported.
“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.
“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.
“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 acknowledged the loss, describing Samara as a “beloved member” of the community.
“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.”