18 ATHLETES INVITED TO ATTEND DEVELOPMENT WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO, ON (JULY 27, 2017) - Canada Basketball's Women's High Performance program is pleased to announce the 18 athletes invited to attend the Development Women's National Team Tryouts and Training Camp at Ryerson University (Kerr Hall) from July 29 to August 8, 2017.

"We look forward to a competitive tryout and training camp as our program looks to field the best team to compete against world class teams in Tokyo and at the FISU Games," said Denise Dignard, Director, Women's High Performance. "We continue to build the depth of our athlete pool and provide them with meaningful international mileage."

The finalized team roster will leave for Tokyo, Japan on August 9 to compete at the U24 Women Basketball League Four Nations 2017 where they will face off against Japan, USA and Australia. Canada tips-off tournament play on August 12 against host Japan at 3:30 AM ET.

Following this tournament, the team will then travel to Taipei City, Taiwan to compete at the Taipei 2017 29th Summer Universiade. Canada tips-off tournament play on August 21 against Portugal at 3 AM ET.

Fabian McKenzie (Cape Breton University) takes the helm in his 6th year as Head Coach. McKenzie is joined by assistant coaches Chantal Vallee (University of Windsor) and Nate McKibbon (Mount Royal University), along with Michele Belanger (University of Toronto) who will join the staff for training camp.

Canada is currently ranked 6th in the FIBA World Rankings.

Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Monday August 7
6:45 p.m. Gym Opens
7:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are EST and subject to change

The full staff list, roster and schedule can be found below. Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.
 

PLAYERS INVITED TO 2017 DWNT TRYOUTS BY INVITATION

Name

Position

Height

Hometown

2016-17 School/Club

Angela Bongomin

Centre

6'2"

Regina, SK

University of Regina (U SPORTS)

Paige Crozon

Forward

6'1"

Humboldt, SK

University of Utah (NCAA)

Abigail Fogg

Centre

6'4"

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

University of South Dakota (NCAA)

Mael Gilles

Guard

6'1"

Montreal, QC

Montmorency (CEGEP/CCAA)

Taya Hanson*

Guard

5'8"

Kelowna, BC

TRC Academy (OSBA)

Alison Keough

Forward

6'1"

Marion Bridge, NS

Cape Breton University
(U SPORTS)

Jaelyne Kirkpatrick

Guard

5'6"

Oakville, ON

University of Illinois (NCAA)

Alex Kiss-Rusk

Centre

6'4"

Beaconsfield, QC

McGill University (U SPORTS)

Megan Lindquist

Forward

6'0"

Saskatoon, SK

University of Saskatchewan (U SPORTS)

Dani Nafekh

Guard

5'11"

Oakville, ON

UC Davis (NCAA)

Ceejay Nofuente

Guard

5'8"

Toronto, ON

Humber College (OCAA)

Mariah Nunes

Guard

5'10"

Ajax, ON

Oviedo (Spain D2)

Ashley Polacek

Guard

5'5"

Ottawa, ON

University of Central Florida (NCAA)

Kellie Ring

Guard

5'9"

Ottawa, ON

Ryerson University (U SPORTS)

Kyla Shand

Center

6'2"

Saskatoon, SK

Holy Cross High School (HS)

Erika Steeves

Forward

6'2"

Montreal, QC

Brown University (NCAA)

Catherine Traer

Forward

6'1"

Chelsea, QC

Carleton University (U SPORTS)

Meg Wilson

Forward

6'2"

London, ON

Simon Fraser University (NCAA D2)

 

 * Training camp only

  

 

2017 COACHES & STAFF

NAME

POSITION

HOMETOWN

AFFILIATION

Fabian McKenzie

Head Coach

Glace Bay, NS

Cape Breton University

Michele Belanger

Assistant Coach/Selection Committee

Mississauga, ON

University of Toronto

Chantal Vallee

Assistant Coach

Montreal, QC

University of Windsor

Nate McKibbon

Assistant Coach

Hamilton, ON

Mount Royal University

Patrice Pepin

Physiotherapist

Quebec, QC

N/A

Ryan Nguyen

Performance Analyst

Toronto, ON

N/A

Elaine Sun

Team Leader

Thornhill, ON

Canada Basketball

Jacquelyn Corkum

Physician
(Japan Only)

Halifax, NS

University of Toronto

 

2017 SCHEDULE

DATE

ITEM

LOCATION

July 29-August 8

Tryouts and Training Camp

Ryerson University - Kerr Hall (379 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 0A1)

August 9

Travel to Japan

Katayanagi Arena

Tokyo, Japan

August 12-15

U24 Women Basketball League Four Nations 2017

August 12

Canada vs. Japan @ 3:30 AM ET

August 13

Canada vs. USA @ 3:30 AM ET

August 15

Canada vs. Australia @ 3:30 AM ET

August 20-29

Taipei 2017 29th Summer Universiade

Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium

Taipei City, Taiwan

August 21

Canada vs. Portugal @ 3:00 AM ET

August 22

Canada vs. Korea @ 8:00 AM ET

August 23

Canada vs. Japan @ 3:00 AM ET


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For more information, contact:

Matt Walker, mwalker@basketball.ca , 289.244.9993