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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

33 ATHLETES INVITED TO ATTEND WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM ASSESSMENT CAMP

First phase of training tips-off in Edmonton, AB on May 12th
Training Camp Media Availabilities: May 13, 15, 18, 20 & 22


TORONTO, ON (May 11, 2017) – Today, Canada Basketball announced the 33 athletes invited to participate in the Women’s National Team Program Assessment camp from May 12-22 at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, AB.

“After our second-consecutive trip to the Olympics, we’re excited to start preparing for a new qualifying cycle,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance. “This phase is focused on bringing our pool of athletes together and assessing our path forward to Tokyo 2020. Our athletes, coaches and staff have all had great seasons with their respective clubs and schools and we’re looking forward to coming together.”

Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to bwilliams@basketball.ca. Practices will take place at the Saville Centre (11610 65 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB).

Saturday, May 13
4:30 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

Monday, May 15
4:30 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

Thursday, May 18
4:30 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

Saturday, May 20
12:15 p.m. Gym Opens
12:45 p.m. Availability

Monday, May 22
4:30 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

All times in MDT. Dates & times subject to change.

Following training, a squad will be named to travel to Spain and France for a five-game exhibition tour. Canada, currently ranked 6th in the world, will face-off against 2nd-ranked Spain, 13th-ranked Japan, 27th-ranked Montenegro, 3rd-ranked France, and 41st-ranked Ukraine.

The full list of invitees, staff and schedule for Phase 1 follows:

PLAYERS INVITED TO 2017 WNTP ASSESSMENT CAMP – PHASE 1

NAME

POSITION

HEIGHT

HOMETOWN

CLUB/SCHOOL

Natalie Achonwa*    

PF

6’3”

Guelph, ON

Indiana Fever (WNBA)

Kayla Alexander*      

F/C

6’4”

Barrie, ON

San Antonio Stars (WNBA)

Laeticia Amihere       

F         

6’3”

Mississauga, ON

King’s Christian Collegiate (OSBA)

Miranda Ayim                       

PF

6’3”

London, ON

Basket Landes (France)

Adut Bulgak               

C

6’4”

Edmonton, AB

San Antonio Stars (WNBA)

Bridget Carleton       

G

6’1”

Chatham, ON

Iowa State (NCAA)

Shay Colley               

G

5’7”

Brampton, ON

Michigan State (NCAA)

Paige Crozon 

F

6’1”

Humboldt, SK

Utah (NCAA)

Mauranne Corbin     

F

6’3”

St. Bruno, QC

Montmorency (CECEP)

Laura Dally                 

G

5’9”

Sarnia, ON

BG 89 Avides (Germany)

Quinn Dornstauder    

C

6’4”

Regina, SK

Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

Nirra Fields

G

5’6”

Montreal, QC

Atlanta Dream (WNBA)

Mael Gilles                

G/F

6’1”

Montreal, QC

Montmorency (CECEP)

Saicha Grant-Allen*

C        

6’5”

Hamilton, ON

Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

Ruth Hamblin 

C

6’6”

Houston, BC

Perth (Australia)

Sami Hill                      

G

5’10”

Toronto, ON

Virginia Tech (NCAA)

Alyssa Jerome           

F

6’1”

Toronto, ON

Harbord CI (HS)

Jaelyne Kirkpatrick

G

5’7”

Oakville, ON

Illinois (NCAA)

Alex Kiss-Rust#

C

6’4”

Beaconsfield, QC

McGill (U Sport)

Aislinn Konig   

G

5’9”

Langley, BC

NC State (NCAA)

Miah-Marie Langlois 

PG      

5’8”

Windsor, ON

Enisey Krasnoyarski Kraj (Russia)

Kia Nurse        

PG

6’0”

Hamilton, ON

UConn (NCAA)

Shaina Pellington       

G

5’7”

Pickering, ON

Durham Elite (OSBA)

Katherine Plouffe       

SF

6’3”

Edmonton, AB

Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)

Michelle Plouffe        

SF

6’3”

Edmonton, AB

Mondeville (France)

Emily Potter   

C

6’4”

Winnipeg, MB

Utah (NCAA)

Daneesha Provo

F

6’0”

Dartmouth, NS

Utah (NCAA)

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe*

F

6’2”

Vernon, BC

New York Liberty (WNBA)

Kellie Ring#

G

5’9”

Ottawa, ON

Ryerson (U Sport)

Erika Steeves#

F

6’2”

Montreal, QC

Brown (NCAA)

Rashida Timbilla#

F

6’1”

Ottawa, ON

Lombos Quinta (Portugal)

Jamie Weisner*         

G

5’9”

Clarkston, WA

Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

Dakota Whyte           

G

5’9”

Ajax, ON

Proteas (Greece)

*Athletes currently in WNBA season as of May 10, 2017
#Athletes invited from Women's Open ID Camp on May 10, 2017
 
COACHING & TEAM STAFF

NAME

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Lisa Thomaidis

Head Coach

Dundas, ON

Shawnee Harle

Assistant Coach

Calgary, AB

Steve Baur

Assistant Coach

Wolfville, NS

Fabian McKenzie

Assistant Coach (DWNT HC)

Glace Bay, NS

Carly Clarke

Assistant Coach (JWNT HC)

Halifax, NS

Jacqueline Lavallee

Guest Coach

Saskatoon, SK

Rhonda Shishkin

Physiotherapist

Saskatoon, SK

Danielle Dobney

Athletic Therapist

Toronto, ON

Michelle Bell

Athletic Therapist

Brampton, ON

Lauren Buschmann

Basketball Scientist / IST Manager

St. Catharines, ON

Bryce Tully

Sport Psychologist

Halifax, NS

Marni Wesner

SWNT Program Lead Physician

Edmonton, AB

Kristin Anstey

Physician (Phase 1 Competition)

Edmonton, AB

Olesia Markevych

Physician (Phase 2 Competition)

Edmonton, AB

Elaine Sun

Manager, Basketball Operations

Thornhill, ON

Anne Marie Thuss

Team Manager

Hamilton, ON

Hailey Roll

Team Manager

Port Credit, ON

Max Hirst

Performance Analyst Coordinator

Collingwood, ON

Ryan Nguyen

Performance Analyst

Markham, ON

Denise Dignard

Director, Women’s High Performance

Toronto, ON

Mike MacKay

Performance Manager, Women’s High Performance

Truro, NS

 
2017 SWNT PHASE 1 SCHEDULE

PHASE 1

DATES

LOCATION

Assessment Camp

May 12-15

Edmonton

Training Camp

May 16-22

Edmonton

TOURNAMENT IN SPAIN

 

TBC, Spain

Canada vs. Spain

May 26

Canada vs. Japan

May 27

TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE

 

Bordeaux, France

Canada vs. Montenegro

May 31

Canada vs. France

June 1

Canada vs. Ukraine

June 2


For more information, contact:
Bailey Williams, bwilliams@basketball.ca, 647.460.7976