AFL community mourns death of rising Tasmanian star Samara Whitney

An aspiring young soccer player has died suddenly, shocking her community in Tasmania.

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

Miss Whitney, who attended Marist Regional College and was known on the field as “Pocket Rocket,” is remembered as a “lovable young lady.”

Samara Whitney was a popular member of the football community.Source: News Corp Australia
Miss Whitney played for Wynyard Football Club and was part of the Tasmania Devils program.Source: News Corp Australia

“It is with great sadness and sorrow that we learn of the sudden death of Samara Whitney,” Wynyard FC said in a social media post. The Mercury reported.

“Samara has been part of the WFC family since she was a junior and played an important role in our Senior Women’s Premiership squad this year.

“A vibrant and lovely young lady who has made a name for herself at WFC as a passionate and talented player with a bright future ahead of her.”

“Our young gun, our pocket rocket, our number 2… such a positive influence on everyone.” Someone who had a great connection to both our club and the wider community. This will take forever.

“A true star who shone brightly both inside and out.

“Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey and bringing so much light (and) joy to so many lives.”

Miss Whitney died suddenly.Source:
Ms. Whitney is considered one of the brightest stars at her school.Source:

Gregg Sharman, Miss Whitney’s principal, said she was one of the school’s brightest stars.

“More than just football, Samara was a vibrant, charismatic, dedicated, kind and compassionate student towards everyone,” said Mr. Sharman.

“Samara had a bright future in many aspects of her life.

“Our college is deeply saddened and we extend our prayers, sympathy and condolences to them [her parents] Seton, Kym and their daughters at that time.”

Mr Sharman commended the college staff for supporting the students and their families, many of whom are extremely distressed.

AFL Tasmania also took note of Ms Whitney’s death and remembered her as a “beloved member” of the community.

“AFL Tasmania extends its deepest condolences to the communities of Wynyard Football Club, North West Football League and Tasmania Devils following the sudden death of Samara Whitney,” they said.

“Samara was a popular member of the Wynyard Cats and Tasmania Devils programs and 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 football community.” AFL community mourns death of rising Tasmanian star Samara Whitney

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