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Player - Janine Helland

Born: Edmonton, Alberta, July 24, 1970Janine Helland

At nineteen, Janine made her debut for the Canadian National Women's Team on April 20, 1990 and went on to represent Canada 46 more times during her career. She was a member of the Women's World Cup team in 1995 and captained the team at the 1999 World Cup in the United States. In 1995 in Sweden she played in the centre of the defense against England, Nigeria and Norway and in 1999 in the United States against Japan, Norway and Russia. It was during this time that Janine played in a career-high 17 consecutive Canada matches from 1995 – 1998. She played at the University of Alberta for the Pandas where in 1991/1992 she won the Bakewell Trophy for the most outstanding female athlete of the year. Janine was also a member of the iconic Edmonton Angels team that won the National Jubliee Trophy in 1995 and 1999. She won a silver medal in two CONCACAF women's championships. The first of two silver medals were won at the 1991 CONCACAF Women's Championship/FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for China and the other in 1995 when qualifying for the World Cup to be held in Sweden. During her outstanding playing career Janine was voted Canadian Female Player of the Year for 1997 and was runner-up for the honours in 1996 and 1998. When her playing days were done she turned her hand to coaching and led the Edmonton Aviators in the W-League for one season. She has continued to play an important part in helping to develop the women's game in Canada. She has been a member of the FIFA Women's World Cup Committee and had been appointed by the CSA to the National Organizing Committee for the upcoming 2015 Women's World Cup. In 2012, Janine was named to the All-Time Canada XI team as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Centennial Celebrations.