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Frida Wallberg born April 28 (Height:169 cm, Weight:63 kg), 1983 in Åtvidaberg in Östergötland, Sweden. Wallberg is Sweden’s most successful female boxer. As an amateur, she won 48 of 53 matches before she turned pro in 2004. She has won the Nordic championship two times and the Swedish championship six times and is currently in the lightweight champion of WIBF. 27 November 2010 Frida defeated the Canadian boxer Olivia Gerula, which meant that Frida Wallberg took over the coveted WBC belt.

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Alexandra “Ali” Lowe Riley (born 30 October 1987) is an American-born New Zealand association football player who is currently a member of the LdB FC Malmö in Damallsvenskan. Riley is a member of the New Zealand women’s national football team. She captained the Stanford soccer team to two NCAA semi-finals and one final.

Born in Los Angeles, California to parents John Graham Riley and Beverly Fong Lowe, Ali attended Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California. She was named captain of the soccer team during her senior season and was a two-time Mission League Offensive MVP as well as a two-time first-team San Fernando Valley selection. As a senior, she helped lead the Wolverines to the 2006 Southern Section Division I final and was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division I first team. Riley also competed for local soccer clubs, the Westside Breakers Soccer Club and SoCal United. Riley attended Stanford University and played for the Stanford Cardinal from 2006 to 2009. During her freshman year, she started in fifteen of the eighteen matches she played. She played forward and made four goals with two assists. As a sophomore, she played sixteen games and started in fourteen of them. She scored two goals and had two assists. During her junior year, Riley converted from her position at forward to an outside back, which is what she plays for the New Zealand National Team. As a senior, Riley started in each of the twenty-four games and scored one goal with one assist.


FC Gold Pride
In January 2010, Riley was selected as the tenth pick in the first round of the 2010 WPS Draft by FC Gold Pride. While she plays on her natural right wing-back position for the NZ Women’s National Team, she plays professionally as a left wing-back and had three assists in the 2010 run to the WPS championship by FC Gold Pride. Riley won the WPS Rookie of the Year award.

Western New York Flash
Riley signed for Western New York Flash for the 2011 season becoming a free agent after FC Gold Pride failed to find financial backers. In the 2011 season Riley was a finalist for Defender of the year as the Flash swept both the league season title and then won the 2011 WPS Championship. In 2012, Riley resigned with Western New York Flash for the 2012 season, however, the league folded before play began.

LdB FC Malmö
With the suspension of the WPS, she then signed with LdB FC Malmö, Swedish League Champions. In her first game, (the Supercuppen) she assisted on the winning goal.
In October 2012 Riley resigned with LdB FC Malmö for the 2013 season.

Riley represented New Zealand at the 2006 Women’s U-20 World Cup finals. She was named Player of the game v. Russia. She made her Football Ferns debut in a 0–5 loss to Australia on 6 February 2007, and represented New Zealand at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in China, where they lost to Brazil 0–5, Denmark (0–2) and China (0–2). Riley also played every minute for the New Zealand squad in the 2008 Summer Olympic games where they drew with Japan (2–2) before losing to Norway(0–1) and the United States (0–4). Riley’s first international goal was scored in the final of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup as New Zealand qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup with an 11-0 win over Papua New Guinea. On 27 June 2011 Riley earned her 50th A-international cap in a 2-1 loss to Japan in New Zealand’s opening group stage match at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the final seconds of extra time in the match v. Mexico she assisted on the tying goal that gave the Football Ferns their first point in a World Cup final. In the 2012 Olympics Riley played every minute of the Football Ferns’ four games. In the preliminary round games the Ferns lost 0-1 to Great Britain and Brazil and beat Cameroon 3-1. This was the first victory by a NZ football team in the Olympics. With the victory the Ferns advanced to the second round based on goal differential. In the quarter-final the Ferns played the USA losing 0-2.


• Nike Junior Women’s Player of the Year 2006
• Nike National Women’s Player of the Year 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
• Oceania Football Confederation Women’s Player of the Year 2009, 2010

• All American (NSCAA, Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America)
• Scholar All American (NSCAA)
• All Pac10 First team
• All Pac10 Scholar Athlete of the year

• Stanford University, Pat Strathairn Best Competitive Athlete Award

• Rookie of the year

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The left defender started 23 games for regular season champions FC Gold Pride this season and had three assists. Her solid defensive play helped FC Gold Pride lead the league in team defence with just 19 goals allowed, while her consistently aggressive runs up the left flank and dangerous crosses created opportunities and space for FC Gold Pride’s forwards throughout the season.
• All Pro selection (First XI)

• Finalist, Defender of the year
• All Pro selection (First XI)

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Maja Ivarsson, (born 2 October 1979) is a Swedish singer and lead vocalist of the Swedish indie rock band The Sounds.

The Sounds were formed in 1998 in Helsingborg, by childhood friends guitarist and vocalist Felix Rodriguez and bassist Johan Bengtsson, who later invited drummer Fredrik Nilsson on board. Maja Ivarsson’s striking presence and personality led to an invitation to be their lead singer. They met Jesper Anderberg during the Hultsfred Festival by chance and invited him to join their band. He plays piano, guitar, synthesizers and does back-up vocals.

The Sounds are active on the touring circuit, including the United States. Their first tour was in the wake of their 2003 smash “Living in America” (both the song and the album), although their touring conditions were a far cry from the sheen of the video for the song. They have been to the “Southern Finland triangle” (Turku, Tampere and Helsinki) many times, but their tour in the fall of 2006 showcased them in additional inland and coastal towns. After that they went on international tour and were in Portugal in 2007. In 2008 they began a tour of Europe and North America that ended at the end of summer 2009. The band opened for No Doubt alongside Paramore during a U.S. tour over the summer of 2009. These proved to be successful exposure for them as their popularity on myspace, Twitter and their Street Team has increased dramatically. Most of the shows on their tour involved opening for No Doubt, while some of their headlining shows featured opening act Hey Champ. The Sounds headlined a 2009 US tour with supporting acts Semi Precious Weapons and Foxy Shazam and a tour in Europe with supporting act Matt & Kim to promote their album, Crossing the Rubicon.

In 2002, Ivarsson collaborated with Andreas Mattson in the song “Free Free Free” which was released on the soundtrack for the German film Big Girls Don’t Cry. Ivarsson was featured in Cobra Starship’s single and music video “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)”, for the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane. The widely advertised film gave an enormous amount of publicity to Ivarsson and her band, especially in America. In March 2011, Ivarsson signed for a promotion campaign by American hair care company Sebastian Professional. Earlier fashion-related appearances included the Berlin Fashion Week in January 2011 where The Sounds played during the presentation of a German fashion label. Ivarsson is featured on the song “We Are Rebels” by Alice in Videoland from their 2008 album She’s A Machine! and on All Time Low’s song “Guts” on their 2011 album Dirty Work. She also collaborated with Felix Cartal on the song “Tonight” from his 2012 album Different Faces.

Ivarsson found Roxy Music and their song “Love Is the Drug” a big inspiration; references to this song and Bryan Ferry can be found in The Sounds’ single “Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Depeche Mode and Bruce Springsteen were popular when she was young and she found the Depeche Mode song “My Secret Garden” particularly mesmerizing until her brother translated the lyrics for her (she did not yet speak English), at which point she refused to listen to the rest of the translation. She has also admitted to having a crush on Billy Idol when she was a child. The band has been likened to Blondie. Ivarsson has an eclectic taste in music, having claimed to like electronica as well as Britney Spears’ “Toxic”, and music by Otis Redding, Dolly Parton, Slipknot and Simon & Garfunkel.

She began playing the French horn at the age of 8 and at 14 she took up the electric guitar. She is also a composer and lyricist, even though most of The Sounds’ songs are written by the other band members. Around the age of 8 she took up karate, Thai boxing and kickboxing. She has six tattoos: a tribal sun on the inside of her left forearm, Modesty Blaise (a 1960s-era British comic book character) on her right outer forearm, three dots between her right thumb and index finger, a sparrow on the right side of her neck, an anchor on her outer left arm, and lip prints on her inner right biceps. The three dot tattoo and anchor tattoo are in memory of her father, who was a sailor. The dots symbolize having traveled the seven seas.

When asked by an interviewer in Out Magazine, Ivarsson characterized herself as bisexual. When asked what kind of sexual partners she prefers, she replied, “I like very feminine girls. And very masculine boys. Kind of boring in a way. If I was dating a guy – I like it almost when you can’t make up your mind if they’re good looking or not. I don’t like pretty boys at all.”In previous interviews, she confirmed her status as “a member of the queer community.” She was in a 7 year relationship with a woman but in 2010 they broke up. She is now in a relationship with a man. (via Wikipedia)

Cléopatre Darleux, born 1 July 1989 in Mulhouse, is a French handball player and goalkeeper. She played for Pôle Espoir de Strasbourg (2003-2004) and then Besançon (2005-2006), and later in the capital club Issy-les-Moulineaux (2007-2009). She has also played with Metz Handball where she won sixteen championships in France. She is now the goalkeeper of Viborg HK, Denmark.


Sheila Escovedo (born 12 December 1957), known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American drummer and percussionist, perhaps best known for her work with Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr.

Born in California, Sheila E. is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs. Sheila E’s uncle is Alejandro Escovedo. Tito Puente was Escovedo’s godfather. She is also niece to Javier Escovedo, founder of seminal San Diego punk act, The Zeros. Another uncle, Mario Escovedo, fronted long-running indie rockers, The Dragons. Escovedo is of Mexican, African-American and Creole heritage. Coke Escovedo, who was in Santana and formed the band Azteca, was also her uncle. Nicole Richie is Sheila E.’s biological niece. She made her recording debut with jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson on “Yesterday’s Dream” in 1976. By her early twenties she had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross. She also plays tuba and guitar. Prince met Sheila E. at a concert in 1978, when she was performing with her father. After the show, he met her and told her that he and his bassist “were just fighting about which one of us would be the first to be your husband”. He also prophetically vowed that one day she would join his band. The two would eventually join forces during the Purple Rain recording sessions. She provided vocals on the B-side to “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Erotic City” in 1984. Though taken under Prince’s wing, she proved to be a successful artist in her own right. In 1984 she scored hits with “The Glamorous Life” (#7 on the Hot 100), and “The Belle of St. Mark” (#34), the latter an NME ‘Single of the Week’. She opened for the Purple Rain tour and there was a segment where she would have a man called up on stage and seated in a chair while she sang “Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar” and teased him (similarly mirrored by Janet Jackson during the “Rope Burn” segment of her Velvet Rope Tour in 1998/99.) Around the same time, the collaborating duo began a brief romantic relationship, while Prince was still seeing Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of The Revolution band member, Wendy Melvoin.

In 1985, she released Romance 1600, scored another hit with the track “A Love Bizarre” (#11), and the non-album track “Holly Rock” made its way to live shows and into the film Krush Groove. She was also nominated for an American Music Award and a Grammy for “The Glamorous Life”. Sheila E. recorded three albums during the ’80s, The Glamorous Life, Romance 1600, and Sheila E.. She appeared in four films, Krush Groove with Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and Blair Underwood in 1985, Prince’s concert film, Sign ‘O’ the Times in 1987, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and Chasing Papi in 2003. During the Sign o’ the Times, Black Album, and Lovesexy periods of Prince’s career (including the Lovesexy World Tour), Sheila E. served as his drummer and musical director in his backup band, dubbed The New Power Generation not long after her departure. During the Sign o’ the Times era, she released the single “Koo Koo” from her 3rd album Sheila E., which had Sign o’ the Times member Cat as a backup dancer in the accompanying video. Sheila E. also served as a writer and musician on many of Prince’s records, as well as on the albums of his protégés such as Madhouse.

After leaving the Prince organization in 1989, Sheila E. recorded a few more albums, Sex Cymbal, Writes of Passage, and Heaven. However, the albums garnered little attention. This was especially true in the case of Sex Cymbal, since Sheila E.’s health issues prevented her from touring in order to promote it. In 1996 she played in Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro’s live backup band. The show at Chiba Marine Stadium is available on DVD. In 1998 She played percussion on the Phil Collins cover of “True Colors”. In 2002 Sheila E. appeared on the Beyoncé Knowles song “Work It Out”. Sheila E. has performed three stints with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, in 2001, 2003, and 2006. Her drum “duets” with Starr are a moment of comic relief in the show, where they play the same parts but he quickly falls behind, shrugs and smiles as she takes off on an extended percussion solo. Says Sheila E.: “Ringo truly is one of the greatest rock n’ roll drummers in the history of music. He enjoys the joke!” She was also the leader of the house band on the short-lived late night talk show, the Magic Hour, starring Magic Johnson.

In 2004, Sheila E. toured New Zealand as drummer and percussionist for the Abe Laboriel Band. In 2004, Sheila E. was also featured on Tonex’s Gold Album OUT THE BOX on the song “Todos Juntos”. She also play drums on Cyndi Lauper’s hit album of standard covers, At Last. She played percussion on the song “Stay”. Sheila E. joined Lauper on a live version of that song on VH1 Divas. In 2005, Sheila E. was a surprise guest orchestrating a band, in Amerie’s “1 Thing” performances for The Lady Of Soul & World Music Awards. In February 2006, Sheila E. performed with Prince (and Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman) once again at the BRIT Awards. Sheila E. performed at the Sonoma Jazz Festival in 2006 as part of Herbie Hancock’s band featuring Larry Carlton, Terrence Blanchard, Marcus Miller, and Terri Lyne Carrington. She also performed at Prince’s One Nite Alone… Live! concert, Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas in 2003, 36th NAACP Image Awards in 2005, and on the Good Morning show in June 2006. In March 2007, she went on a small tour through Europe with her new band project called C.O.E.D. (Chronicles of Every Diva). C.O.E.D. consists of Sheila E., Kat Dyson, Rhonda Smith and Cassandra O’Neal. For several concerts she was joined by Candy Dulfer, who was billed as a special guest. She performed at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards with Juan Luis Guerra. She also performed at the ALMA (American Latin Music Awards) Awards in June 2007 with Prince, and on 7 July 2007 in Minneapolis with Prince. She performed at all three of his concerts: first, at Prince’s 3121 perfume launch at Macy’s, followed by the Target Center concert, and finally, at an aftershow at First Avenue. In October 2007, Sheila E. was a judge alongside Australian Idol judge and marketing manager Ian “Dicko” Dickson and Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik on the Fox network’s The Next Great American Band.

Sheila E. recently met with Prince on 29 March 2008, who sat in on (and played keyboard) on Sheila E.’s performance with her family at Harvelle Redondo Beach. On 9 April 2008, Sheila E. appeared on the Emmy winning program, Idol Gives Back. Shelia E. took part in the show opener “Get on Your Feet” with Gloria Estefan. Dance troupe, So You Think You Can Dance finalists joined them on stage. On 26 April 2008, Sheila E., along with Morris Day and Jerome Benton, performed with Prince at the Coachella Music Festival. From 2 to 6 May 2008, Sheila E. played four sold-out shows at Blue Note Tokyo in Japan. This is the most frequented jazz music club in Tokyo. On 14 June 2008, Sheila E. performed at the Rhythm on the Vine music and wine festival at the South Coast Winery in Temecula, California for Shriners Hospital for Children. She took the stage with the E Family, Pete Escovedo, Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael Escovedo. Other performers at the event were jazz musician Herbie Hancock, contemporary music artist Jim Brickman and Kirk Whalum. In February 2009, she was made an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority by the Eta Delta Chapter located at Howard University in recognition of her humanitarian efforts through and in music.

On 30 May 2009, Sheila E. and the E Family Band will once again take the stage to perform at Rhythm on the Vine at Gainey Vineyard in Santa Ynez, California for the Hot Latin Beats concert. Also to perform at the concert is Poncho Sanchez. On 13 December 2009, Sheila E. performed at the Deryck Walcott produced Christmas Jazz held at the Plantation Restaurant in Barbados. Sheila E. is the business partner of singer and former member of The Brides of Funkenstein, Lynn Mabry. They formed a foundation for abused children called the Elevate Hope Foundation. Sheila E. has collaborated many times with other artists, notably with Gloria Estefan for whom she played the timbales. Sheila E. first collaborated with Estefan on Estefan’s first Spanish language studio album Mi Tierra in 1993, and in 2007 with Estefan’s smash hit “No Llores” in which Estefan also collaborates with Carlos Santana and José Feliciano. She also is one fourth of the band C.O.E.D. (Chronicles of Every Diva), who as of 2008 are touring overseas and released a CD available in limited distribution or through her website. In 2009, Sheila E. won the CMT reality show, Gone Country. This gave her an opportunity to make country music aided by the country producer, writer, and singer John Rich. Sheila E.’s first song in the country market was “Glorious Train”. A video for the song debuted on CMT on 7 March 2009, following the airing of the episode of Gone Country in which Sheila E. was announced the winner.

Sheila E. performed at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on 15 August 2010 and she released an EP From E 2 U. It includes a song “Leader of the Band” written by Prince and it features Prince on piano. She toured on his 20Ten Tour and Welcome 2 America tours. In 2010, Sheila E joined forces with Avon as a celebrity judge for Avon Voices, Avon’s first ever global, online singing talent search for women and songwriting competition for men and women. On 25 May 2011, she performed alongside Marc Anthony in the American Idol Season 10 finale. On 7 June 2011, she performed on The Late Show with David Letterman as a part of the show’s first “Drum Solo Week”. On 26 February 2012, she performed at the Academy Awards, playing the into and out of commercial segments. (via Wikipedia)

Working and at the same time add to a better world is something more people try to achieve these days. Patricia Rawecka is one of those people. She founded Gro Play & Design, a company with a vision to spread environmental knowledge amongst children to create a sustainable lifestyle. Playing for Change gives social entrepreneurs the possibility to put down time and energy they need to get their ideas to grow. And one person who has been taken under the wings of Playing For Change is Patricia Rawecka and her company Gro Play & Design.

“There´s no need for new products, rather the opposite.” says Patricia and talks about her company and the ideas that forms the foundation of the company.

She is 25 years old, lives in Stockholm and she is an engineer in technical design. Her company produces environmentally friendly puzzles, games and toys with the goal of creating environmental knowledge amongst children to create a sustainable lifestyle. Her toys learns children environmental knowledge in a simple and fun way. This idea grew during her studies in Hong Kong, when Patricia felt that she experienced “a frightning consumerculture”.

“I love Hong Kong with all its contrasts, a very inspiring place for a designer, but you find yourself in the heart of an extreme global westernworld consumption which exist in Sweden as well, but in Hong Kong it´s so obvious.” says Patricia.

The horror led to a frustration over the world that we live in. That led to a wish to create a sustainable alternative, a lifestyle that works in the long run. Thus, when it was time for her to design her own product, she found herself searching for what´s needed today. She found it after some time, and she aimed it at the ones who still can be changed and shaped. Children.

“Us grown ups are not that willing to change, we go about in your set patterns.” says Patricia. She comes not only up with the ideas, but she handles most things in the company, such as the illustrations in the puzzles and games.

“I started the company when I was a student and I didn´t have proper resources, so I do most stuff myself. One of the games exist as a phoneapp, to be part of what´s on today, but she says as well that the original structure and physical shape won´t change, only develop and grow.

Helena Ekholm (previously Helena Jonsson) (b. September 6, 1984) is a Swedish biathlete. She was born in Helgum, Sollefteå Municipality. She is the reigning world champion in pursuit. She also won the Women’s Biathlon World Cup in the 2008-09 season. She just won a gold medal and a bronze medal in the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk 2011.

Jonsson debuted in 2005 in Östersund in the relay, coming in 15th. In the following World Cup in Hochfilzen she participated in her first individual, coming in 41st. In early 2006 she participated in the Biathlon World Championships Mixed Relay event in 2006 in Pokljuka, coming in sixth. The 2006-07 Biathlon World Cup began very successfully for her. In the World Cup 3 in Hochfilzen, she came in fourth in the Individual, eighth in the Sprint, and was on the relay team which came in fifth. In the Biathlon World Championships 2007 in Antholz she continued her upward trend and placed fourth in the Sprint. As a high point she led the Swedish team to a gold medal in the mixed-relay. She celebrated her first World Cup victory in the 2006-07 Biathlon World Cup, the mass start in the final round at Khanty-Mansiysk. In the 2008-2009 season she won four more races, including the opening in Östersund where she won the individual race. In the 2009 World Championships in Pyeongchang Jonsson came from 5th place after the opening sprint to win the Pursuit. (via Wikipedia)

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