19 ATHLETES INVITED TO ATTEND U16 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUTS

TORONTO, ON (May 17, 2017) - Canada Basketball's Women's High Performance program is pleased to announce the 19 athletes invited to participate in the U16 National Team invitational tryouts at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus (Mississauga, ON) from May 24-25, 2017.

"After a very competitive assessment process we have invited 19 athletes who hope to represent Canada this summer in Argentina for the FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship," said Denise Dignard, director, women's high performance. "These athletes have worked hard throughout the year and we look forward to a competitive tryout and continuing their international basketball development."

Training camp will follow tryouts from May 26th-June 3rd at the University of Toronto - Mississauga and the finalized team roster will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship. The team looks to maintain its 2015 gold medal finish and also qualify for the 2018 FIBA U17 Worlds.

Jodi Gram (Bill Crothers S.S.) takes the helm in her second year as Head Coach along with Co-Head Coach Dani Sinclair (University of Victoria). They will be joined by Assistant Coach Albena Branzova-Dimitrova (UQAM) and Performance Analyst, Michele Sung (University of Manitoba).

Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA youth girls rankings.

A full list of invited athletes and coaches can be found below. For media requests, please contact bwilliams@basketball.ca

PLAYERS INVITED TO 2017 U16 CWNT TRYOUTS BY INVITATION:

NAME

POSITION

HOMETOWN

CLUB/SCHOOL

Laeticia Amihere       

F

Mississauga, ON

King's Christian Collegiate

Kiandra Browne        

F

Pointe-Claire, QC

St-Laurent

Kenya  Côté–Lysius   

G

St. Constant, QC

Lucien-Page HS

Micah Dennis             

G

Toronto, ON

Northern SS

Kennedy Dickie         

F

Kelowna, BC

Kelowna SS

Aaliyah Edwards       

F

Kingston, ON

Frontenac SS

Yvonne Ejim   

F

Calgary, AB    

St. Elizabeth Seaton

Makayla Ennis

G/F

Brampton, ON           

TRC Academy

Kaillie Hall       

G

Stoney Creek, ON

Lincoln Prep

Cassandra Joli- Coeur

F

Brockville, ON

Ange-Gabriel Catholic

Brynn Masikewich

F

Calgary, AB

St. Francis SS

Olivia Morgan-Cherchas

C

Kamloops, BC

South Kamloops SS

Donna Ntambue       

G

Montreal, QC

Lucien-Page HS

Merissah Russell         

F

Ottawa, ON

Longfields-Davison Heights SS

Ella Stanley

F

St. Albert, AB

Paul Kane HS

Sarah Te-Biasu

G

Montreal, QC

Lucien-Page HS

Deanna Tuchscherer 

F

Chilliwack, BC

GW Graham SS

Lea-Sophie Verret

G

Quebec City, QC

Seminaire St-Francois

Aerial Wilson

G

Dundas, ON

TRC Academy


COACHING & TEAM STAFF

NAME

POSITION

HOMETOWN

AFFILIATION

Jodi Gram

Head Coach

Markham, ON

Bill Crothers S.S

Dani Sinclair

Co-Head Coach

Victoria, BC

University of Victoria

Albena Branzova-Dimitrova

Assistant Coach

Montreal, QC

Université du Québec à Montréal

Michele Sung

Performance Analyst

Winnipeg, MB

University of Manitoba

Michelle Bell

Athletic Therapist

Brampton, ON

Ryerson University

Marcus Jansen

Physician

Toronto, ON

 

Mireille Beland

Head of Delegation

Repentigny, QC

Vanier College

Agnes Borg

Women’s Youth Player Development Manager

Toronto, ON

Canada Basketball/Ontario Basketball


2017 U16 CWNT SCHEDULE

TRYOUTS

DATES

LOCATION

Tryout by Invitation

May 24/25

Mississauga, ON

Training Camp

May 26-June 3

Mississauga, ON

FIBA U16 AMERICAS

June 7-11

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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For more information, contact:

Bailey Williams, bwilliams@basketball.ca, 647.460.7976