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Australians Are Cheering On The Matildas For Posing With The Aboriginal Flag Ahead Of Their Olympic Games Match

What a beautiful way to celebrate and show solidarity to First Nations peoples.

Yesterday, the Matildas — Australia's national soccer team — started off their Tokyo Olympic Games journey with a bang, by winning 2-1 against New Zealand.

Sam Kerr of Australia is congratulated by team mates after she score her sides second goal during the Women's First Round Group G match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Ian Macnicol / Getty Images

While this was a fantastic victory in itself, the Matildas made a powerful statement before the game had even started by posing with the Aboriginal flag, instead of the Australian flag.

The Matildas pose for a team photo with the Aboriginal flag prior to  their match
Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP via Getty Images

According to captain Sam Kerr, the decision to take their pre-game photo with the Aboriginal flag was made after consulting with Indigenous members of the team.

"We let the Indigenous girls drive it. We didn't want to do something that goes along with the grain, we wanted to do something that was relevant for our country."

For Australia. #Tokyo2020 #WeAreMatildas #GoAustralia

She continued: "We are really proud of it."

This small, but impactful statement did not go unnoticed by Australians watching, who praised the Matildas for celebrating Aboriginal culture and showing solidarity to First Nations peoples.

Love the flag and love that the Football Ferns sang the anthem in Maori. Epic. #Olympics #AUSvNZL

Twitter: @1bbradfo

How deadly is this! @TheMatildas 💚💛 https://t.co/PgbpWl0SGG

Twitter: @VickWelly

Tillies holding the Aboriginal flag? That’s what we love to see

Twitter: @ahhhbecko

The Tillies subs holding up the Aboriginal flag during the national anthem gives me life 🖤💛❤️ #GoAustralia #TokyoTogether #Tokyo2020 #Olympics #Matildas

Twitter: @GeorginaRCarson

Remember that time Cathy Freeman got into trouble for carrying dual flags after winning gold? .. NAH ME EITHER #GOAUSSIES #Matildas #Tokyo2020

Twitter: @AndyCollinsSP

Half of Australia in #lockdown but we have the Olympics. Love the #Matildas. I hope this becomes an iconic photograph. Filled with pride right now. #FirstNations

Twitter: @markfebbraio

Meanwhile, New Zealand's team took the knee to show their respect to the Black Lives Matter movement.

New Zealand players taking the knee before the match
Dan Mullan / Getty Images

Here's hoping that the Aboriginal flag makes more appearances at the Olympic Games!

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