Thorir Hergeirsson

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Thorir Hergeirsson
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Thorir Hergeirsson in 2015
Native name
Þórir Hergeirsson
Born (1964-04-27) 27 April 1964 (age 55)
OccupationHandball coach
Years active2001–
Known forHead coach of the Norway women's national handball team
Children Maria Thorisdottir
AwardsKnight 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit

Thorir Hergeirsson (Icelandic : Þórir Hergeirsson) (born 27 April 1964) is an Icelandic handball coach for the Norway women's national handball team. [1]

Icelandic language North Germanic language mainly spoken in Iceland

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Handball Olympic team sport played by 7 players a side on an indoor court

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Norway womens national handball team

The Norway women's national handball team represents Norway at international handball competitions, and is governed by the Norges Håndballforbund (NHF). As of 2017, Norway has been in 21 finals and is regarded as the finest women's national handball team ever.

He was introduced as the new head coach at a press conference on 16 April 2009. [2]

Thorir has been part of the Norway national coaching team since 2001, and took over as head coach in April 2009, succeeding former head coach Marit Breivik. He had previously been handball coach for the clubs Elverum Håndball, Gjerpen Håndball and Nærbø IL. [3] [4]

Marit Breivik Norwegian handball player and coach

Marit Breivik is a former Norwegian team handball player, and former head coach for the Norway women's national handball team. As coach, she has led the team to victory in the 2008 Olympic tournament, the World Women's Handball Championship in 1999, and four European Women's Handball Championships, in 1998 (Netherlands), 2004 (Hungary), 2006 (Sweden) and 2008 (Macedonia).

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Gjerpen Idrettsforening is a sports club in Skien, Norway. It was founded in 1918. Among the club's activities are handball, skiing and athletics. In handball the club's women's team has won the National championships several times. Notable players are Kjerstin Andersen, Hanne Hegh and Siri Eftedal.

On 21 March 2017 Thorir was made a Knight 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. [5]

Royal Norwegian Order of Merit order

The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit was instituted by King Olav V in 1985. It is awarded to foreigners, Norwegian citizens living abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs diplomats, foreign civil servants in Norway, and Norway's honorary consuls for "outstanding service in the interests of Norway". Its counterpart, the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, is generally only awarded to Norwegian citizens living in Norway.

His daughter Maria Thorisdottir is a player on Norway women's national football team. [6]

Maria Thorisdottir Norwegian association football player

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Norway womens national football team womens national association football team representing Norway

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  1. "Thorir Hergeirsson – Profile" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Handball Federation . Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  2. "Ny sjef, gammel oppskrift". Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian). NTB. 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  3. Andresen, Svein (16 April 2009). "Thorir Hergeirsson ny sjef for Håndballjentene" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Handball Federation . Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  4. Larsen, Jan-Erik (16 April 2009). "Hergeirsson overtar etter Breivik". Stavanger Aftenblad (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
  5. Otterdal, Øystein; Kalstad, Lise Marit (22 March 2017). "Nå kan Thorir Hergeirsson kalle seg «ridder»" (in Norwegian). NRK . Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. Opsal, Signe; Fossum, Øystein (6 March 2015). "Islandske Maria Thorisdottir (22) debuterte mot Island" (in Norwegian Bokmål). NRK. Norwegian News Agency . Retrieved 7 March 2015.