Auckland to the Gold Coast for AFLW

Born on Auckland's North Shore, Dee Heslop is now a regular starter for the Gold Coast Suns in the AFLW.

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 in the AFL Women’s competition.

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. She has currently played 16 games for the club and is fast making a name for herself in the AFLW.

When asked about a potential New Zealand vs Australia AFLW Test 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”


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