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Adelaide Crows AFLW visit to Nauru, 2019 / Credit: DFAT

First published June 2019 

When Adelaide Crows AFLW captain Chelsea Randall stepped off the plane in Nauru, she wasn't expecting a welcome reception, least of all a personalised one. 

"Especially because it was 4 o'clock in the morning," Randall laughs. "But it was so special – a family had got up early, made a welcome sign with our names on and come to the airport to greet us. It speaks volumes about the people there and how much they love AFL."

Randall and her teammates Angela Foley and Nikki Gore recently became the first AFLW players to set foot in the Pacific nation, one of the smallest countries in the world, and the only one that considers AFL its national sport. Their mission? A whistle-stop tour to encourage healthy lifestyle choices, participation in physical activity and, ultimately, inspire more women and girls to play AFL.

Visiting over the Constitution Day weekend, an annual celebration of Nauruan independence, sport and culture, the trio attended sporting events, ran an AFL skills session for women and children, and were guests of honour at a state dinner hosted by His Excellency Baron Waqa, the President of Nauru.

Members of the Adelaide Crows AFLW team meet with the local Nauru community in 2019 / Credit: DFAT
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