CANADA BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S U18 AND U17 AGE-GROUP ASSESSMENT CAMP

Canada Basketball will run a national U18 and U17 age-group assessment camp this March 23-March 30th. The camp will be held at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, Alberta for female athletes selected through the national identification process. Twenty-seven athletes born in 1996 or later have been invited to take part in the camp.

This camp, combined with previous and upcoming talent identification efforts, will contribute to the assessment of the overall athlete pool and will help determine the athlete that will be invited back for each of the U17 and U18 women's summer national team program’s tryouts by invitation.  

Both U17 and U18 national teams will be competing in FIBA sanctioned championship tournaments this coming summer. The U17 team will be competing in their 3rd consecutive FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, held in Slovakia from June 28th-July 6th. The team qualified after finishing 2nd at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women in Cancun, Mexico this past summer. The tournament includes 16 teams from each of the five zones with players born in 1997 or later.  The U18 squad will participate in the U18 FIBA Americas Championship for Women, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado from August 6th-August 10th. The tournament includes teams from eight countries in the Americas zone with players born in 1996 or later.

“We are looking forward to building on the work done in our technical summit and December age-group camp, as we strive for full harmonization and focus on developing winners for the top senior level of our women’s national team program,” said Denise Dignard, Director of Women’s High Performance. “Tremendous growth is achieved on and off the court by our athletes when training against the best in their age-group.  During these camps, they also learn valuable take away lessons on what it takes to be an elite athlete and what they must do in their daily training environment.”

The coaches leading this combined age-group camp will consist of both the 2014 U18 and U17 national team coaches who will be integrating the Canadian style of play into the age group programs.

The coaching staff includes head coach Rich Chambers (Port Moody, BC), returning once again at the helm of the U18 team.  “I am super excited to get together with both U17 and U18 aged athletes who are getting ready for the upcoming World Championship and world qualifying tournaments.  We had a great start in December and we’re looking to build upon that experience and get everyone in a position to play their best basketball this summer,” Chambers comments.

Chambers will be joined by assistants Scott Edwards (Edmonton, AB) and Scott Reeves (Kamloops, BC).   Reeves currently serves as head coach of the Thompson Rivers University, and will be making his second appearance as a coach with the women’s national team program. Edwards, serves as the head coach of the University of Alberta, will be taking part in his fourth stint with the program.    

Carly Clarke (Halifax, NS) will once again be tasked with fulfilling the role of the U17 team head coach. "We are very much looking forward to our March assessment camp. It is great to have a look midway at the progress we have made since December, as well as provide direction for the upcoming World Championships - especially now that we have our draw,” said Clarke.

Joining Clarke for the fourth consecutive season will be assistant coach Andre Desjardins (Ottawa, ON) from École secondaire publique Louis-Riel and Jodi Gram (Markham, ON) from Bill Crothers Secondary School, who also returns to the team as an assistant coach and performance analyst.

Rounding out the U17 staff will be Carleton University’s head coach Taffe Charles (Ottawa, ON) who will be making his second international coaching appearance.  They will be joined by Performance Analyst Megan Wiggins (Regina, SK) who brings valuable expertise in advanced statistical analysis to the staff. 

WOMEN’S NATIONAL AGE-GROUP CAMP INVITEES

Name

YOB

HOMETOWN

Aislinn Konig

1998

Vancouver, BC

Barbara Johnson

1996

Toronto, ON

Bridget Atkinson

1996

Welland, ON

Bridget Carleton

1997

Chatham, ON

Chelayne Bailey

1997

Ajax, ON

Cheyenne Creighton

1996

Pickering, ON

Christina Buttenham

1996

Hamilton, ON

Daneesha Provo

1996

Dartmouth, NS

Danielle Garven

1997

Scarborough, ON

Eternati Willock

1997

Scarborough, ON

Hailey Brown

1999

Hamilton, ON

Halle Bovell

1998

Hamilton, ON

Jaelyne Kirkpatrick

1997

Oakville, ON

Julia Chandler

1997

Toronto, ON

Kacie Bosch

1996

Lethbridge, AB

Kendra Ven Leeuwen

1998

Brantford, ON

Kyanna Giles

1998

Winnipeg, MB

Lauren Yearwood

1997

Victoria, BC

Linnaea Harper

1996

Newmarket, ON

Mael Gilles

1997

St-Bruno, QC

Maurane Corbin

1997

St- Bruno, QC

Michaela Nieuwenhuizen

1997

Strathroy, ON

Mikaela Brewer

1998

Barrie, ON

Nancy Kessler

1996

St-Catherines, ON

Nicole Vander Helm

1997

Surrey, BC

Oksana Gouchie-Provencher

1998

Markham, ON

Shantelle Valentine

1996

Brampton, ON

Shay Colley

1996

Brampton, ON

Tayla Jackson

1997

Surrey, BC

 

 

COACHES

 

JWNT

CWNT

Head Coach- Rich Chambers

Head Coach- Carly Clarke

Assistant Coach- Scott Edwards

Assistant Coach- Andre Desjardins

Assistant Coach- Scott Reeves

Assistant Coach- Taffe Charles

Performance Analyst- Megan Wiggins

Performance Analyst- Jodi Gram