2016 U17 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON (June 9, 2016) – Canada Basketball’s women’s high performance program is pleased to announce the 2016 U17 women’s national team who will represent Canada at the 2016 U17 FIBA World Championships.
 
"After a very competitive assessment process we have selected the12 athletes who will represent Canada and looking to build on past success,” said Denise Dignard, director, women’s high performance. “Athletes have worked hard throughout the year and we look forward to seeing them continue their growth and compete against the best in the world at their age-group."
 
The team will finish training camp on June 14th at the University of Toronto – Mississauga and will then head to Spain for a three-game exhibition tournament. The team will tip-off against Nigeria on June 22nd at the U17 FIBA World Championships in Zaragoza from June 22nd-July 3rd.
 
Jodi Gram (Bill Crothers S.S.) takes the helm in her first year as head coach of the squad after working with the team for 5 years as an assistant and apprentice coach. She will be joined by assistants Dani Sinclair (University of Victoria), Albena Branzova-Dimitrova (UQAM) and performance analyst Michele Hynes (University of Manitoba).
 
In 2015, the U16 national team won the U16 FIBA Americas Championship, capturing Canada’s first gold medal at a FIBA Americas tournament. 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
 
2016 U17 NATIONAL TEAM INVITEES
NAMEPOSITIONHEIGHTHOMETOWN
Laeticia AmihereForward6’1”Mississauga, ON
Niyah BeckerForward5’9”    Winnipeg, MB
Hailey BrownForward6’1”    Hamilton, ON
Sarah DonovanForward5’9”London, ON
Louise ForsythGuard           6’0”Langley, BC
Hanna HallGuard           5’2”Hamilton, ON
Taya HansonGuard           5’7”Kelowna, BC
Alyssa Jerome         Forward6’1”    Toronto, ON
Roxane MakoloGuard           5’7”    St-Hubert, QC
Shaina PellingtonGuard           5’6”Pickering, ON
Aiden RainfordForward5’10”  Toronto, ON
Kyla Shand   Center6’2”Saskatoon, SK
 
2016 COACHING & STAFF
NAMEHOMETOWNAFFILIATIONROLE
Jodi GramMarkham, ONBill Crothers S.S.Head Coach
Dani SinclairVictoria, BCUniversity of VictoriaAssistant Coach
Albena Branzova-DimitrovaMontreal, QCUQAMAssistant Coach
Michele HynesWinnipeg, MBUniversity of ManitobaPerformance Analyst/Apprentice Coach
Michelle BellBrampton, ONRyerson UniversityAthletic Therapist
Megan PinskeCoquitlam, ONUniversity of SaskatchewanTeam Manager/Apprentice Coach
Marcus JansenToronto, ONN/APhysician
Agnes BorgToronto, ONCanada Basketball & Ontario BasketballHead of Delegation
 
2016 SCHEDULE
DATEITEMLOCATION
June 9th -14th, 2016Training CampUofT – Mississauga
June 16th-19thExhibition TournamentSpain
June 22nd, 2016Vs. NigeriaU17 World Championships
Zaragoza, Spain
June 23rd, 2016Vs. Latvia
June 25th, 2016Vs. Japan
June 28th, 2016Round of 16
June 30th, 2016Quarter Finals
July 1st, 2016Semi-Finals
July 2nd, 2016Classification Games
July 3rd, 2016Finals