SWNT TRY-OUT ROSTER ANNOUNCED

TRY OUT ROSTER FOR THE SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ANNOUNCED

It is an important summer for the Senior Women’s National Team, and Canada Basketball is thrilled to announce the try-out invitees who will be vying for a spot on the 2014 squad. The try-outs begin June 9 in Edmonton, AB – the SWNT’s home base.

Canada will be competing in the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women, hosted by Turkey from September 27 to October 5. The team qualified for the tournament by finishing with a silver medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament.

Between the player roster and coaching staff, there are many familiar faces returning to the fold. Lisa Thomaidis is at the helm as head coach for a second season. Shawnee Harle and Bev Smith join her as assistant coaches, while Theresa Burns will be a guest coach.

Thomaidis is tasked with having to parse through a highly talented group of athletes to create the roster that will represent Canada in their journey to the World Championships. The invitees include former Olympians, decorated pro players and young stars with bright futures.

“There’s a tremendous amount of talent coming in for try-outs. Our team is getting older and more experienced, there are a lot of players playing professional around the world and for them to then bring their talents back and vying for a spot on our national team is really going to be exciting to see,” said Thomaidis.

“We made some great strides last summer – both individually and from a team perspective – so it will be fun to see the improvements made in this season. We’re super excited to get going and see what the summer will bring. “

After a four day try-out period, the coaching staff will select a squad that will compete throughout the summer. The selected SWNT is set to have a training camp from June 16-25 as part of a solid summer of preparation.

To gear up for the World Championships, the team will compete against No. 7 ranked Brazil in a three-game series, hosted by the City of Edmonton at the Saville Community Sports Centre. Those games will take place on June 26, 27 and 28. Team Canada will have two more training camps as well as a trip to Europe for exhibition play before the World Championships.

 

Players invited to 2014 SWNT Tryout by Invitation

Name

Position

Height

Hometown

Club/School (2013-14)

Natalie Achonwa

Forward

6’3”

Guelph, Ont.

Notre Dame (NCAA)

Kayla Alexander

Centre

6’4”

Milton, Ont.

Energy Ivanovo (Russia) – San Antonio Stars (WNBA)

Miranda Ayim

Forward

6’2”

London, Ont.

Toulouse (France)

Krysten Boogaard

Centre

6’5”

Regina, Sask.

Kangoeroes (Belgium)

Shay Colley

Guard

5’9”

Brampton, Ont.

St. Edmund Campion S.S.

Nirra Fields

Guard

5’7”

Montreal, Que.

UCLA (NCAA)

Kim Gaucher

Guard

5’11”

Mission, B.C.

Arras (France)

Ruth Hamblin

Centre

6’6”

Houston, B.C.

Oregon State (NCAA)

Kalisha Keane

Forward

6’0”

Ajax, Ont.

Elitzur Netanya (Israel)

Miah-Marie Langlois

Guard

5’7”

Windsor, Ont.

Windsor (CIS)

Lizanne Murphy

Forward

6’0”

Montreal, Que.

Angers (France)

Kia Nurse

Guard

5’10”

Hamilton, Ont.

St. Thomas More C.S.S.

Courtnay Pilypaitis

Guard

6’0”

Orleans, Ont.

Unattached

Katherine Plouffe

Forward

6’3”

Edmonton, AB.

Marquette (NCAA)

Michelle Plouffe

Forward

6’3”

Edmonton, AB.

Utah (NCAA)

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

Forward

6’1”

Vernon, B.C.

Pully (Switzerland)

Karly Roser

Guard

5’9”

Hamilton, Ont.

Northwestern (NCAA)

Kendel Ross

Forward

5’11”

Sarnia, Ont.

Unattached

Tamara Tatham

Forward

6’0”

Brampton, Ont.

Piestanske Cajky (Slovakia)

Shona Thorburn

Guard

5’9”

Hamilton, Ont.

Toulouse (France)

Jamie Weisner

Guard

5’9”

Clarkston, WA

Oregon State (NCAA)

Coaching & Support Staff

Name

Position

Hometown

Lisa Thomaidis

Head Coach

Dundas, ON

Shawnee Harle

Assistant Coach

Calgary, AB.

Bev Smith

Assistant Coach

Eugene, OR

TBC

Assistant Coach/Performance Analyst

 

Theresa Burns

Guest Coach

Hamilton, Ont.

Fabian McKenzie

DWNT Head Coach

Sydney, N.S.

Dipesh Mistry

Performance Analyst

Toronto, Ont.

Anne Marie Thuss

Team Manager

Hamilton, Ont.

Mikaela Berza

Team Manager

Mississauga, Ont.

Joan Mlynarczyk

IST Lead & Head Therapist

Toronto, Ont.

Marcel Charland

Athletic & Massage Therapist

Toronto, Ont.

Michelle Bell

Athletic Therapist

Brampton, Ont.

Jennifer Bushell

Athletic Therapist

Toronto, Ont.

Sarah Kim

Lead Physician

Toronto, Ont.

Marni Wesner

Edmonton Lead Physician

Edmonton, AB.

Randy Bahadur

Physician phase 2

Kitchener, Ont.

Jessica Butler

Physician phase 3

Ottawa, Ont.

Chris DalCin

Basketball Scientist

Toronto, Ont.

Ed McNeely

Basketball Scientist

London, Ont.

Peter Jensen

Sport Psychologist

Toronto, Ont.


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