When Dee Heslop moved from Auckland to the Gold Coast in 2011, she was unaware of what AFL was.
Fast forward 10 years and she is a regular starter for the Gold Coast Suns AFLW side and is ready to take on Australia’s best.
Born on Auckland’s North Shore, Dee was a sporting talent from a young age. Her weekends were spent playing Netball, Touch, Rippa Rugby and Motocross.
She grew up watching the All Blacks and NRL not knowing what AFL was, before her family relocated to the Gold Coast at the end of 2011.
Dee’s first entry into playing AFL, came in her last year of Primary School. From there, Dee progressed to play for the Southport Sharks Football Club. Her development continued, where she represented Queensland at state level before getting picked for the AFLW Academy.
In 2019, Dee was drafted to the Gold Coast Suns and made her debut in round 1 of 2020.
Dee made history in 2021, being selected in the inaugural AFLNZ Women’s Heritage team alongside some of the best talent playing AFLW.
When asked about a potential New Zealand vs Australia AFLW Trans-Tasman match, Dee said that it would be an honour.
“Playing for New Zealand would be a dream come true and an absolute honour to represent your home country, so fingers cross it won’t be far away”