CANADA BASKETBALL NAMES 2012 SENIOR WOMEN STAFF AND INVITED ATHLETES

TORONTO - Canada Basketball has announced the names of athletes who have been extended an invitation for the 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s National Team Tryout by Invitation. With the list of invitees, Canada Basketball also announced the staff for the 2012 Senior Women’s National Team.

The list of invitees features 25 of Canada`s top female basketball players. The list includes all players from last year’s senior women’s national team, as well as a mix of younger players who have developed through the national age group team program, some of whom will be at their first senior women’s national team tryout. The list features national team veterans, Chelsea Aubry (Kitchener, ON), Teresa Gabriele (Mission, BC), Kim Smith (Mission, BC) and up-and-coming players like: Natalie Achonwa (Guelph, ON), Kayla Alexander (Milton, ON) Katerine and Michelle Plouffe (Edmonton, AB).

Allison McNeill will be entering her 11th year as the senior women’s national team head coach (14th year with national team program), assisted by Mike McNeill and Lisa Thomaidis. Since joining the team, Allison has led the women’s national team to numerous medals including a third-place showing in last year’s FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifiers, which qualified the team for the final Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The Canadian Women’s Team is currently ranked 11th in the world.

“We are returning eight athletes from our 2010 national team that had a 12th place finish at the world championships, but we also have a group of young athletes coming into camp to compete for a spot.  We have several athletes who are coming to their first-ever senior national team camp.  It is a great mix of veterans and new comers and we expect a very competitive camp,” said head coach, Allison McNeill.

Allison will also have some seasoned veterans she can lean on, who have great experience in past Olympics and FIBA World Championships.

“We have an incredible group of veteran athletes lead by 14-year veteran Teresa Gabrielle, nine-year veteran Kim Smith and eight-year veteran Chelsea Aubry.  These three athletes bring a great deal of experience to our team, having been to two world championships each, and Teresa having also been to the 2000 Olympics,” commented Allison.

The Canadian Senior Women’s National Team’s first competition will be against the Chinese Olympic team in the 2012 Jack Donohue International Classic, which will take place in Langley, Richmond and Abbotsford, British Columbia. These games will serve as a great test for the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team as this talented Chinese team currently ranks as seventh worldwide.

Attached below are the athletes who received an invitation to the senior women’s national team tryout by invitation and the senior national team staff.  Certain athletes who are unable to participate in the tryout by invitation are noted in the listing below.

2012 SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM – TRYOUT BY INVITATION LIST OF INVITEES

 
Name
 
Position
 
Height
 
Hometown
 
School/Club (2011-12)
Natalie Achonwa*
Forward
6-3
Guelph, ON
University of Notre Dame (NCAA)
Kayla Alexander
Forward
6-4
Milton, ON
Syracuse University (NCAA)
Chelsea Aubry
Forward
6-2
Kitchener, ON
Bendigo Spirit (Australia)
Miranda Ayim
Forward
6-3
London, ON
Istanbul University (Turkey)
Janelle Bekkering
Guard
5-11
Taber, AB
Lekdetec (Holland)
Krysten Boogaard
Forward
6-5
Regina, SK
Nice (France)
Justine Colley
Guard
5-9
East Preston, NS
St. Mary’s (CIS)
Nirra Fields*
Guard
5-10
Montreal, QC
Mater Dei High School
Teresa Gabriele
Guard
5-5
Mission, BC
Training in Canada
Kalisha Keane^
Forward
6-1
Ajax, ON
Elitzur Holon (Israel)
Miah-Marie Langlois
Guard
5-8
Windsor, ON
University of Windsor (CIS)
Lizanne Murphy
Forward
6-1
Beaconsfield, QC
Tarbes (France)
Krista Phillips
Forward
6-6
Saskatoon, SK
Dandenong (Australia)
Courtnay Pilypaitis
Guard
6-1
Orleans, ON
VICI Kaunas (Lithuania)
Megan Pinske
Guard
5-9
Coquitlam, B.C
Saarlouis (Germany)
Katherine Plouffe
Forward
6-3
Edmonton, AB
Marquette University (NCAA)
Michelle Plouffe
Forward
6-4
Edmonton, AB
Utah University (NCAA)
Kadie Riverin#
Guard
5-8
Ottawa, ON
Training in Canada
Kendel Ross
Forward
6-1
Sarnia, ON
Training in USA
Stephany Skrba
Forward
6-2
Thornhill, ON
Lattes Montpellier (France)
Kim Smith
Forward
6-1
Mission, BC
Training in Canada/USA
Alisha Tatham
Guard
5-11
Brampton, ON
Training in Canada
Tamara Tatham&
Forward
6-1
Brampton, ON
Halles (Germany)
Shona Thorburn
Guard
5-10
Hamilton, ON
Girona (Spain)
Taryn Wicijowski
Forward
6-3
Regina, SK
University of Utah (NCAA)
*unable to attend due to academic commitments
^ unable to attend due to WNBA commitment
# unable to attend due to injury

& unable to attend due to professional European club playoff commitment

 

2012 SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM - STAFF

 
Name
 
Position
Allison McNeill
Head Coach
Mike McNeill
Assistant Coach
Lisa Thomaidis
Assistant Coach
Erin McAleenan
Team Manager
Joan Mlynarczyk

Head Physiotherapist, Physical Development Lead and IST Lead

Doug Richards
Doctor
Marcel Charland
Therapist
Jennifer Bushell
Therapist
Roger Friesen
Psychologist