Right now, as you all most certainly are aware of, the Women´s U19 World Championship is undergoing in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
And this last year, I’ve blogged about the progress of floorball around the world. Thailand: http://floorballzone.com/floorball-in-thailand/ Asia: http://floorballzone.com/more-floorball-from-asia/ And Brooklyn: http://floorballzone.com/the-times-they-are-a-changing/
Another sign that floorball is on the rise in the world is that USA now has it’s first national Women’s under 19 team! And as you may or may not know, they’re participating in their first World Championship!
“The 7th Women’s U19 World Floorball Championships will take place in Belleville, Ontario, Canada from the 4th to 8th of May at the Quinte Sport & Wellness Centre. Team USA plays in the B-Division, Group C with two other countries: Hungary ranked 8th and Austria ranked 12th.
USA Floorball, the governing body for floorball in the US recognized by the IFF (International Floorball Federation), decided quite early that it would attend the Women’s U19 World Floorball Championships in Belleville, Canada. Officially the project was founded in June 2013. Since then a significant amount of work has been done in the effort to form the team and carry out the necessary preparations.
Building the team was quite an experience. The Women’s U19 Team USA consists of 14 players. Half of the field players and one goalie, Anna Van Hercke, are from Colorado. The other goalkeeper, Nora Aron, is from Santa Cruz, California and remaining team lives in Sweden, Czech Republic and Belleville, Canada.
As part of the tournament protocol, Floorball USA has released the first US National U19 Women’s team player and attender list on the IFF web site. The objective of USA Floorball was to create the best possible team to represent the US while making a successful entrance among the best floorball countries of the world and offering a brilliant experience for the selected players.
Currently the team consist of 14 players and two coaches:
01 Van Hercke, Anna Goalkeeper
02 Stoll, Grace Defender
03 Helber, Alva Defender
06 Aron, Nora Goalkeeper
07 Lindberg, Christine Defender
08 Kostal, Andrea Forward
11 Bergstrom, Elisse Forward
15 Irwin, Braedyn Defender
16 Bannasch, Jasmine Forward
21 Nordqvist, Linnea Forward
22 Walker, Halle Forward
27 Viereck, Savannah Forward
33 Wiley, Julia Forward
63 Pennisi, Adelia Defender
Head Coach Tobias Hellqvist
Goalkeeper Coach Katariina Alongi
General Manager Anders Buvarp, who is excited about USA Floorball participating in the Women’s U19 World Chamipionships for the first time, has succeeded in selecting a competitive group of floorball players for the tournament. The rest of the attenders are Susanna Donofry (Team Manager), Ann Lovgren (Equipment Manager), Kate Nemeckova (Physio) and Tapio Hämeen-Anttila (Media / Photography). “
So there it is, from the official website.
This last year, I’ve had contact with Team USA’s general manager Anders Buvarp, about the progress with the team and a few other floorball related issues. It’s been quite fun to see and hear about the team and the progress made, and the journey to Belleville.
The first game ever for Team USA Women’s U19 was played 2 days ago, and Team USA won their first game in the championship! They beat Austria with a score of 5-2. Today, they will play Hungary.
The player that scored Team USA’s first goal, in their first tournament was Elisse Bergstrom, from Denver, Colorado, and I got answers on a few questions from her.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your floorball story?
– My name is Elisse Bergstrom and I am from Denver, Colorado and I play for team USA. I only learned about floorball this year from my field hockey coach, Spencer Wagner. I have been playing field hockey for my high school, Regis Jesuit in Aurora Colorado for two years. I just recently picked up floorball about two months ago when my field hockey coach introduced me to the sport along with other girls from my team.
First ever US U19 team, AND you win your first ever game, tell me your feelings after the game against Austria?
-Since this was the first organized game other girls from my team and I had ever played I was very nervous but excited for the experience. After I scored the first goal for our team I immediately embraced my teammates. We were all so excited to share this unforgettable moment. After we won the game 5-2 we were all so proud of each other and our country.
Floorball is growing in the United States, do tou think more people will get intrested in floorball after this tournament?
-After I learned that a lot of my high school and family members watched our game, I am hopeful that the sport will gain support and recognition.
What are your expectations with the rest of the championship? What is Team USAs goal?
-I expect that we will continue to grow as a team in both skill level and spirit. Our goal for the rest of the tournament is not only to advance but to also have a great experience.
Thank you Elisse! I hope you all will have a great experience in this championship and in your future journeys with floorball!