Tait Mackrill has been awarded the inaugural Jacinda Barclay Fearless Award at the Club Champion Awards, the Gabrielle Trainor Medal.
The award, named in honour of inaugural GIANT Jacinda Barclay who passed away in 2020, recognises an individual in each game that epitomises the team’s values and plays in a selfless and fearless fashion.
Jacinda’s mother Deb, along with GIANTS forward Taylah Davies, were delighted to honour Jacinda’s memory proudly presenting the award to Tait Mackrill.
“The Jacinda Barclay Fearless Award was created by the playing group, for the playing group, to honour our beloved Jacinda,” an admiring Davies said.
“Every year, the Fearless Award will be presented to the player who displays all the fearless attributes that Jacinda depicted.”
Mackrill, who shared a locker with Jacinda, highlighted the significance of the award, receiving a standing ovation as she humbly accepted the award.
“I don’t think words can describe how receiving this award makes me feel,” Mackrill told an emotionally-charged room.
“To honour someone that’s done so much for us as people, and as players, it’s such an honour to be up here and to receive the award.
“The legacy that she’s left at this club is phenomenal and it’s a legacy that's going to live on forever.”