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‘A true star who shone bright’

The Tasmanian Aussie rules community is in mourning after the sudden death of a rising teenage star.

Samara Whitney, 16, who played for the Wynyard Football Club and was part of the Tasmania Devils program, died on Tuesday.

In a statement, Wynyard Football Club said she was “a true star who shone bright both inside and out”.

“Our young gun, our pocket rocket, our #2 … such a positive influence for all,” the club wrote on Facebook.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and to all who were blessed and touched by Mara’s beautiful soul.”

AFL Tasmania also expressed its sympathies in a statement online.

Samara Whitney
Samara Whitney represented the NWFL in this year’s Women’s All Stars Series. Credit: afltas.com.au (Supplied)

“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,” the sporting body wrote.

An online fundraiser, set up by Samara’s friends, has raised over $25,000 to help her family farewell the teenager.

“Time has since stood still for her family, friends, school community and sporting clubs as we all begin to grieve and navigate life without our special girl,” organiser Sasha Burr wrote.

Readers seeking support can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyond blue on 1300 22 4636.

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