The Adelaide Football Club is mourning the sudden passing of its player, Heather Anderson. The club released a statement saying they were deeply saddened by her death.
Details about her cause of death are not known.
Anderson was selected by the club with its second pick in the 2016 AFLW draft. She played in the league’s first season.
Anderson played in all eight matches in 2017 and was part of the team’s grand final victory over Brisbane.
Unfortunately, she suffered a shoulder injury during the match and was delisted for the 2018 season.
She was then told to avoid participating in contact sports for two years.
In 2016, during a pre-AFLW exhibition match, Anderson became known for wearing a pink helmet to help her mother spot her on the field. She also worked as a medic for the Australian Defense Force.
Anderson studied behavioral psychology and paramedicine.
Nicole Livingstone, the CEO of the AFLW, released a statement to express her condolences to Anderson’s family and friends.
She also said that the league and the entire community was deeply saddened by the news.
The Adelaide Football Club will play a preliminary final against the Brisbane Lions this weekend at the same venue where they won the grand final in 2017.