33 ATHLETES INVITED TO ATTEND WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM ASSESSMENT CAMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO, ON (May 11, 2017) – Today, Canada Basketball announced the 33 athletes invited to participate in the Women’s National Team Program Assessment camp from May 12-22 at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, AB.

“After our second-consecutive trip to the Olympics, we’re excited to start preparing for a new qualifying cycle,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance. “This phase is focused on bringing our pool of athletes together and assessing our path forward to Tokyo 2020. Our athletes, coaches and staff have all had great seasons with their respective clubs and schools and we’re looking forward to coming together.”

Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to bwilliams@basketball.ca. Practices will take place at the Saville Centre (11610 65 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB).

Saturday, May 13
4:30 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

Monday, May 15
4:30 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

Thursday, May 18
4:30 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

Saturday, May 20
12:15 p.m. Gym Opens
12:45 p.m. Availability

Monday, May 22
4:30 p.m. Gym Opens
5:00 p.m. Availability

All times in MDT. Dates & times subject to change.

Following training, a squad will be named to travel to Spain and France for a five-game exhibition tour. Canada, currently ranked 6th in the world, will face-off against 2nd-ranked Spain, 13th-ranked Japan, 27th-ranked Montenegro, 3rd-ranked France, and 41st-ranked Ukraine.

The full list of invitees, staff and schedule for Phase 1 follows:

PLAYERS INVITED TO 2017 WNTP ASSESSMENT CAMP – PHASE 1

NAMEPOSITIONHEIGHTHOMETOWNCLUB/SCHOOL
Natalie Achonwa*    PF6’3”Guelph, ONIndiana Fever (WNBA)
Kayla Alexander*      F/C6’4”Barrie, ONSan Antonio Stars (WNBA)
Laeticia Amihere       F         6’3”Mississauga, ONKing’s Christian Collegiate (OSBA)
Miranda Ayim                       PF6’3”London, ONBasket Landes (France)
Adut Bulgak               C6’4”Edmonton, ABSan Antonio Stars (WNBA)
Bridget Carleton       G6’1”Chatham, ONIowa State (NCAA)
Shay Colley               G5’7”Brampton, ONMichigan State (NCAA)
Paige Crozon F6’1”Humboldt, SKUtah (NCAA)
Mauranne Corbin     F6’3”St. Bruno, QCMontmorency (CECEP)
Laura Dally                 G5’9”Sarnia, ONBG 89 Avides (Germany)
Quinn Dornstauder    C6’4”Regina, SKLos Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Nirra FieldsG5’6”Montreal, QCAtlanta Dream (WNBA)
Mael Gilles                G/F6’1”Montreal, QCMontmorency (CECEP)
Saicha Grant-Allen*C        6’5”Hamilton, ONLos Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Ruth Hamblin C6’6”Houston, BCPerth (Australia)
Sami Hill                      G5’10”Toronto, ONVirginia Tech (NCAA)
Alyssa Jerome           F6’1”Toronto, ONHarbord CI (HS)
Jaelyne KirkpatrickG5’7”Oakville, ONIllinois (NCAA)
Alex Kiss-Rusk#C6’4”Beaconsfield, QCMcGill (U Sport)
Aislinn Konig   G5’9”Langley, BCNC State (NCAA)
Miah-Marie Langlois PG      5’8”Windsor, ONEnisey Krasnoyarski Kraj (Russia)
Kia Nurse        PG6’0”Hamilton, ONUConn (NCAA)
Shaina Pellington       G5’7”Pickering, ONDurham Elite (OSBA)
Katherine Plouffe       SF6’3”Edmonton, ABPhoenix Mercury (WNBA)
Michelle Plouffe        SF6’3”Edmonton, ABMondeville (France)
Emily Potter   C6’4”Winnipeg, MBUtah (NCAA)
Daneesha ProvoF6’0”Dartmouth, NSUtah (NCAA)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe*F6’2”Vernon, BCNew York Liberty (WNBA)
Kellie Ring#G5’9”Ottawa, ONRyerson (U Sport)
Erika Steeves#F6’2”Montreal, QCBrown (NCAA)
Rashida Timbilla#F6’1”Ottawa, ONLombos Quinta (Portugal)
Jamie Weisner*         G5’9”Clarkston, WALos Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Dakota Whyte           G5’9”Ajax, ONProteas (Greece)

*Athletes currently in WNBA season as of May 10, 2017
#Athletes invited from Women's Open ID Camp on May 10, 2017
 
COACHING & TEAM STAFF

NAMEPOSITIONHOMETOWN
Lisa ThomaidisHead CoachDundas, ON
Shawnee HarleAssistant CoachCalgary, AB
Steve BaurAssistant CoachWolfville, NS
Fabian McKenzieAssistant Coach (DWNT HC)Glace Bay, NS
Carly ClarkeAssistant Coach (JWNT HC)Halifax, NS
Jacqueline LavalleeGuest CoachSaskatoon, SK
Rhonda ShishkinPhysiotherapistSaskatoon, SK
Danielle DobneyAthletic TherapistToronto, ON
Michelle BellAthletic TherapistBrampton, ON
Lauren BuschmannBasketball Scientist / IST ManagerSt. Catharines, ON
Bryce TullySport PsychologistHalifax, NS
Marni WesnerSWNT Program Lead PhysicianEdmonton, AB
Kristin AnsteyPhysician (Phase 1 Competition)Edmonton, AB
Olesia MarkevychPhysician (Phase 2 Competition)Edmonton, AB
Elaine SunManager, Basketball OperationsThornhill, ON
Anne Marie ThussTeam ManagerHamilton, ON
Hailey RollTeam ManagerPort Credit, ON
Max HirstPerformance Analyst CoordinatorCollingwood, ON
Ryan NguyenPerformance AnalystMarkham, ON
Denise DignardDirector, Women’s High PerformanceToronto, ON
Mike MacKayPerformance Manager, Women’s High PerformanceTruro, NS

 
2017 SWNT PHASE 1 SCHEDULE

PHASE 1DATESLOCATION
Assessment CampMay 12-15Edmonton
Training CampMay 16-22Edmonton
TOURNAMENT IN SPAIN TBC, Spain
Canada vs. SpainMay 26
Canada vs. JapanMay 27
TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE Bordeaux, France
Canada vs. MontenegroMay 31
Canada vs. FranceJune 1
Canada vs. UkraineJune 2
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For more information, contact:
Bailey Williams, bwilliams@basketball.ca, 647.460.7976