Porter Wilson Award
Lena Johansson - Partille, Sweden
We are grateful and proud to offer the 2003 and 4th recipient of the Porter Wilson Award to ........ Lena Johansson.
"To a woman, most dedicated to our cause who has helped us big time in Sweden and who continues to promote the sport and support the IWFFA"
Lena Johansson - born in Partille, Sweden in 1957.
Other sports she has played: Soccer and Handball.
How Lena became involved with the flag football is through friend and teamate, Pernilla Jigberg. How she become team manager: no one wanted to be the manager.
Meeting Lena (and the soon to be Angels) for the first time in 2000 during our six month IWFFA promotional tour in the Nordic Region, was amazing. After our first training, this was a group of women, intrigued by the game, who wanted to continue to play flag football and were willing to do so .......with no coach. They were able to read the rules and coach themselves. Interesting.
Lena doing chains during tournament while she is not playing
Getting the angels ready for training
The Angels had competed in all of the IWFFA / Scandinavian and Key West Kelly McGillis Classic tournaments since 2001 (exception Oslo 04). For all these competitions, Lena had been the manager and team representative as well as the Ambassador for Women's Flag Football in Sweden.
Gothenborg, Sweden - Sanctioned IWFFA Tournaments
As the IWFFA was looking for a new city to offer the Sweden tournament in 2001, Lena took the opportunity to bring our sanctioned tournament to Gothenborg, where the tournament has offered the Scandinaivans and some Americans competition ever since.
Lena was the Trouble Shooter
But then trouble came........in Sweden, 2002. The IWFFA got the big squeeze from the men's american football association: SAFF, less than one week before our second annual tournament. The Angels were told by SAFF it was: "either.... or", and the Swedish team, decided to tell the men "good-bye". However, another problem was that the Official's in Sweden we not allowed to officiate in the tournament as well! So, the women had to officiate their own games and Lena was one of Scandinavia's first female flag football official.
A benefit of this situation established the rule that every team competing in an IWFFA / Scandinavian tournament, must have at least two players to officiate tournament games when their team is not playing. Now female players are really taking charge of their own sport.
After the 2002 Gothenburg tournament, the trouble was which club to put the Swedish women's flag football under. After much work Lena found: Korpen, which is a club that accepts the women and the IWFFA.
To this day, all IWFFA women who play in Sweden also play under KOPEN.
Lena is Official in back on right side
Women Taking Control of their own GameThere are times when we say: "I quit", because it is the easier road to choose. And then there are others who say: "I will fight" and we push ourselves over the edge, for the benefit of others, or for the benefit of right from wrong.
Lena coming off the offensive line. To make it worse.... i think they were losing