Parallel Cup Beckons: Swans Elevate Canadian Australian Football

The anticipation is palpable as the Ottawa Swans, a prominent Australian Football club based in Ottawa, Canada, revels in a remarkable achievement – four of their talented players have been selected to join the Australian Football Team Canada for the upcoming Parallel Cup. This prestigious event is set to take place on August 19, 2023, where Team Canada will go head-to-head with Team USA, promising an electrifying display of athleticism, camaraderie, and sportsmanship.


We had the privilege to sit down and chat with the four Ottawa Swans players selected for this prestigious tournament, each bringing their unique stories, perspectives, and aspirations.


Evaline Harmsen: A Rising Star

Reflecting on her selection, Harmsen expressed her excitement and honour, particularly as this marks only her second year in the sport. The surprise of being selected after just a short period of involvement speaks volumes about her dedication and potential. She attributes her growth to the supportive team atmosphere and coaching within the Ottawa Swans. As she prepares for the Parallel Cup, Harmsen aims to soak up knowledge from more experienced players, enhancing her skills and bringing back valuable lessons to her club.


Caroline Leduc: A Seasoned Campaigner

Caroline Leduc, who has represented Canada on previous occasions, brings a wealth of experience to this year’s Parallel Cup. Her journey to international football has been defined by continuous improvement and dedication, with notable experiences playing in Australia’s AFL leagues. She reflects on how her involvement with the Ottawa Swans and the AFL Ontario league has sharpened her skills, preparing her for the international stage. Leduc’s versatility and commitment to the game are evident as she steps onto the field, ready to contribute her speed, marking ability, and precision kicking to the team’s success.


Isabel Kleinbub: Eager to Learn and Grow

Isabel Kleinbub, a rookie on the international stage, conveyed her initial shock and subsequent excitement upon learning of her selection. Her eagerness to learn and develop is apparent as she eagerly anticipates the opportunity to play alongside and against some of the best players in North America. As a new player to the sport, Kleinbub aspires to bring a positive and proactive attitude to Team Canada, embodying the ethos of a determined go-getter.


Charlotte Biot: A Strong Leader in the Backline

Charlotte Biot’s excitement is palpable as she prepares to represent Canada for the first time in the Parallel Cup. Her strong physical presence and leadership qualities are poised to make a significant impact on the backline. Biot’s positive attitude, camaraderie, and ability to guide her teammates set her up as an essential asset to Team Canada. Her journey from the Ottawa Swans to the international stage is a testament to the club’s commitment to nurturing talent.


The Ottawa Swans’ success in having four of their players selected for the Parallel Cup emphasizes the club’s dedication to fostering growth and excellence within the sport of Australian Football in Canada. As these players gear up to face Team USA, their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and talents are set to unite on the field, showcasing the immense potential of Canadian footy talent on the global stage.


The Parallel Cup promises to be a riveting showdown, offering fans an unforgettable display of athleticism, teamwork, and determination. As Team Canada, including these Ottawa Swans players, takes to the field on August 19, 2023, their journey from local club players to international contenders serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes across the nation

– Ali Boty

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