Amazing Afternoon with The Norwegian Women Soccer Team #Ottawa #FIFAWWC2015

| June 9, 2015 | 5 Comments

Norwegian Player Flag and FIFA WWC logo

 

Canada is hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup with its host cities in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Moncton, and of course, Ottawa. The competition has taken up like a storm with Canada’s diverse cultural communities cheering on their favourite country and teams. My family is a strong supporter of soccer (football), so we got in on the action and purchased 2 tickets to all the games in Ottawa. We had to take advantage of having such a prestigious competition in Ottawa, as it might take many decades before it is held again in our beautiful country.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is an international football association competition represented by women’s national teams that are members of the “Fédération Internationale de Football Association” (FIFA). The championship is awarded every four years since the 1991 inaugural tournament held in China.

 

Norway Ambassador, Mona  Elisabeth Brøther with OMC Founder, Lyne Proulx

Norway Ambassador, Elisabeth Brøther with OMC Founder, Lyne Proulx

 

I had the pleasure of being invited to the Norway Embassy in Ottawa, the Crichton Lodge, to meet the players, staff, and head coach, Even Pellerud, of the Norwegian Women Football (soccer) team. Norway’s Ambassador, Mona Elizabeth Brøther, organized a garden party on Monday June 8th in their honour. I asked Sandy Allen, fellow friend blogger from Canadian Blog House, to accompany me.

 

Crichton Lodge, Norway Embassy in Ottawa

Crichton Lodge, Norway Embassy in Ottawa

 

The Crichton Lodge, a two-story Gothic Revival Stone villa with park-like surroundings, has quite a historical background, being the oldest residence in Rockcliffe built around 1887, and is also designated as a heritage building.

 

 

The Norwegian Women Football (soccer) team won the Cup in 1995 under coach Even Pellerud. They hope to achieve the same success under his reign again this year. You might remember Even since he was the head coach for Canada women’s national football (soccer) team from 1999 to 2008. In 2003, he led the Canadian team to fourth place in the 2003 Women’s World Cup and to 5th place at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

 

Marita Skammelsrud Lund, Norway Football Player and OMC Founder, Lyne Proulx

Marita Skammelsrud Lund, Norway Football Player and me!

 

The first player I interviewed was Marita Skammelsrud Lund, a 26 year old defender that has played for Norway’s national team since she was 18 years old. I asked her how she liked Ottawa so far and she replied: “I am really liking it here, Ottawa is a nice city and people are very friendly.” My next question was: What do you do in Ottawa when you are not playing or practicing? “Sometimes we stay in the room and rest or watch some TV, other times we visit the city or family and friends that are here.” I finally asked her how she feels about playing on artificial grass since there has been some complaints from other teams. “We play on artificial grass at home, so personally I like it since I am used to it. Artificial grass is almost as good as grass.”

 

Norway Embassy Lunch plates

 

It was now time to head over to the dining room to fill the Norwegian embedded plates with delicious food and have lunch on the patio. As we were eating, the players were having a photoshoot outside in the backyard.

 

Norway Women Football Team #FIFAWWC2015

 

Before we left, Sandy and I were able to interview one of the oldest player on the team, Solveig Gulbrandsen, a 34 year old midfielder that has been playing with the national team since she was 17 years old. She is participating in her 3rd World Cup competition. Solveig is the only player on the team that has children, a 9 year old boy and a 4 year old daughter, whom happen to be travelling with her to Ottawa. Her children usually follow her to 2-3 training camps per year, but with the World Cup happening in Canada and so far from home, she really wanted her family to be with her. Her husband is taking care of the children and they are staying in their own room at the hotel as Solveig also needs to spend quality time bonding with her teammate and to concentrate on winning games for Norway. Solveig’s family will head back home in 12 days.

 

Solveig Gulbrandsen, Norway Women Football Team with Sandy Allen, Canadian Blog House

Solveig Gulbrandsen, Norway Women Football Team with Sandy Allen, Canadian Blog House

 

It is also her 2nd comeback from retiring. The first time after giving birth to her 2nd child, she came back for the European Championship. The second retirement was after the Championship, and now she is back for the World Cup in Canada. She mentions that she does not know what retirement means, it should have been called having a break. She has also been busy coaching football (soccer) and working for a television company. She does not anticipate that she will be back for the 2019 World Cup in France and will retire again very soon!

 

Norway Women football team at the Embassy #FIFAWWC2015

 

It was such a pleasant afternoon spent at the Norway Embassy! I would like to thank Norway Ambassador, Mona Elisabeth Brøther, for the invitation and organizing such an amazing party as well as Marita Skammelsrud Lund and Solveig Gulbrandsen for sharing their thoughts about the game, our city, and their families.

Even the rain today could not damper the spirit of the Norwegian women football (soccer) team! I wish them well and to be at the finals in Vancouver on Sunday July 5th!

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 19 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What a wonderful experience that must have been, I feel quite jealous 😉 I love Scandinavians, they are such lovely, friendly people. I lived for about 2 yrs in Denmark, marvellous!

  2. kathy downey says:

    This must have been a great event

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    Wow, what a fabulous opportunity! You look great!

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