Thanksgiving

NATALIE ACHONWA – GUELPH, ONT.
"I’m thankful for my family, my friends, and every chance that I have been blessed with to represent something bigger than myself."
MIRANDA AYIM – LONDON, ONT.
"This Thanksgiving season, I’m thankful for a loving, supportive family, friends who build me up and push me to be better, and a seemingly endless number of avid supporters who love Canada Basketball! I’m also thankful to be born in a country with so many opportunities available to those who live here. It’s truly humbling and it pushes me to be the best I can be."
BRIDGET CARLETON – CHATHAM, ONT.
"I’m thankful for so many things! A few that come to mind right now are my family who always supports me; Canada, for the opportunities that being a Canadian allows me to have; and basketball, for being able to play, compete and work as a team, and all of the amazing coaches and teammates I’ve met through the sport."
JUSTINE COLLEY – EAST PRESTON, N.S.
"I’m thankful for my family and the amount of love and support they have always shown me."
CHRIS EGI – MARKHAM, ONT.
"I’m thankful for my extremely supportive family and the chance to play the game I love every day."
KIM GAUCHER – MISSION, B.C.
"I’m thankful for my amazing family, my wonderful husband, and a healthy body that lets me do what I love – represent Canada Basketball."
BRADY HESLIP – BURLINGTON, ONT.
"I’m thankful for a supportive group of friends and family."
KALISHA KEANE – AJAX, ONT.
"I'm very thankful for my loving and supportive family. I truly couldn't have asked for better role models as parents who show me everyday what it is to work as a unit with love. I'm also very thankful to be blessed with two amazing siblings who motivate me to be a better person every day! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! GO CANADA!"
LIZANNE MURPHY – BEACONSFIELD, QUE.
"I am so grateful both as a person and an athlete that I have had the chance to represent our amazing country all over the world – that is something that has given me so much pride and joy. I also thank my lucky stars every single day that I have been blessed with the undying support and love of my friends and wonderful family. Because of these, I will be thankful for the rest of my life."
ANDREW NICHOLSON – MISSISSAUGA, ONT.
“I’m thankful for my friends and family.”
KIA NURSE – HAMILTON, ONT.
“I’m thankful for my family, without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
KELLY OLYNYK – KAMLOOPS, B.C.
“I’m thankful for everything I have. From a loving, caring family, to how blessed I am to wake up each day with the opportunity to play the game I love.”
KEVIN PANGOS – HOLLAND LANDING, ONT.
“I’m thankful for my family, friends and the opportunity to play college basketball.”
KRISTA PHILLIPS – SASKATOON, SASK.
“I’m thankful for the support that has allowed me to chase my dreams. Across cities, states and countries, I have played basketball and I couldn’t do that without the support of my friends and more importantly my family. They have allowed me to move about the world playing this game that I love, and I have become a better person for it. I am so lucky that at the end of the day, week, month, Canada is the place I call home.”
COURTNAY PILYPAITIS – ORLEANS, ONT.
“I’m thankful for having such a great support system, from my friends, coworkers and lastly my family. They have supported me through the good and the bad, which has allowed me to become the person I am today.”
KENDEL ROSS – SARNIA, ONT.
“I’m thankful for all the incredible people in my life, especially my amazingly supportive family and of course to be so fortunate to have been born in such a great nation. Go Canada Go! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!”
NIK STAUSKAS – MISSISSAUGA, ONT.
“I’m thankful for having the opportunity to chase my dreams.”
TAMARA TATHAM – BRAMPTON, ONT.
“I’m thankful for my family and all that they have done for me.”
SHONA THORBURN – HAMILTON, ONT.
“I’m thankful for the friends and family who have supported and encouraged me in pursuing my basketball dreams. They have been there through the ups and down the game brings. They have been my biggest fans and I could not have accomplished all I have without them!”
JAMIE WEISNER – CLARKSTON, WASH.
“I’m thankful to have obtained my Canadian citizenship and to get the opportunity to play for the Canadian Junior Women's National Team. The memories and experiences I had playing this summer will last a lifetime.”
ETERNATI WILLOCK – SCARBOROUGH, ONT.
“After returning from Indonesia, seeing another culture and some of their struggles and poverty, I am very thankful for my life here in Canada, my family and friends. I am also thankful for the opportunities that I have been given and feel truly blessed.”
KYLE WILTJER – PORTLAND, ORE.
“I’m thankful for great friends and family in my life who have helped me get to where I’m at right now in my life.”
EMMA WOLFRAM – KAMLOOPS, B.C.
“I’m thankful for basketball which has given me so many unique and character-building experiences. I’m thankful for my coaches who have put in continuous hours to make me better and to help me accomplish my goals. I am thankful for my family who has supported me in everything I have done.”