(born 10 April 1980) is a Norwegian football goalkeeper
. Originally from Skjetten near Oslo
, she was the Norway national team's second keeper for many years, and played for Trondheims-Ørn
in the elite Toppserien
league for seven seasons while at university, with 217 appearances for the club.
In 2006, her last year in goal at Trondheims-Ørn, the club conceded only ten goals in the entire Toppserien season of (at that time) 18 matches.
At the beginning of 2007 she moved back to Oslo to start work as a professional engineer at Det Norske Veritas
. At the same time she joined Asker FK as first keeper. After a good start to the season she tore a collateral knee ligament in June 2007 which kept her out of football for several months, and she was not selected for the Norway squad to go to the World Cup tournament in China in 2007.
Hjelmseth went with Norway to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as third keeper, in the reserve squad of four who were only to be used if a player in the main squad of 18 had to leave for medical reasons.
At the end of 2008 Asker's first team was disbanded after continuing financial troubles at the club, and most of the players including Hjelmseth joined the newly formed team Stabæk Fotball
, attached to one of Norway's largest sports clubs, for the 2009 season.
In August 2009 Hjelmseth was designated Norway's first-choice goalkeeper for the UEFA Women's Euro 2009
held in Finland
between Europe's leading twelve footballing nations. In the group... Read More