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Canadian Women's National Team Announces Phase One Tryout Roster


May 5, 2015


Team Canada Prepares For Exciting Competitive Season & Hosting Olympic Qualifier

TORONTO, ON - Canada Basketball has announced that 22 players have been invited to participate in the Canadian Women’s National Team Phase One tryout by invitation and training camp at the Saville Community Centre in Edmonton, from May 10 to 24.

“We are excited to get our Women’s competitive season started. This is an exceptionally exciting year with two domestic competitions and an Olympic berth on the line,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance. “The start of a national team season, with Phase One tryout and training camp, is an important component to our senior team’s preparation and will assist in determining final rosters for upcoming events this summer. Players will get an opportunity to get reacquainted with each other and the Canadian Style Play heading into the upcoming summer schedule.”

Edmonton will officially welcome Team Canada on May 13th at a reception hosted by Mayor Don Iveson. The event will take place at Edmonton City Hall, Heritage Room from 5:30 – 5:55 p.m. The event will be open to media and the Mayor, Team Canada Head Coach, Lisa Thomaidis and a Team Canada athlete will be available for interviews.

At the completion of training camp the women will head to Spain and France for a six-game European Exhibition Tour, facing off against Poland, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and France.  The team will then return to Canada to participate in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The final Pan Am team roster will be announced in June, before the team plays in Toronto from July 16-20 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

The Saville Community Centre is the official training grounds of the Senior Women’s National Team and host venue for the 2015 FIBA Americas Women’s Championship. The Senior Women’s National Team can secure a berth in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with a top finish at the FIBA Americas from August 9-16.

Team Canada will be available to media during the following Phase 1 Training Camp dates. The full list of invitees, staff and schedules follows below.

<table border="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>DATE </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>TIME </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>LOCATION</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Thursday, May 14</p></td><td><p>10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.</p></td><td rowspan="5"><p>Saville Community Centre – Edmonton, AB</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sunday, May 17</p></td><td><p>10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Monday, May 18</p></td><td><p>5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Thursday, May 21</p></td><td><p>10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sunday, May 24</p></td><td><p>10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>


Name                                          Position                                        Height                        Hometown                Club / School (’14-‘15)

Natalie Achonwa                    Power Forward                          6’3”                             Guelph, ON             Indiana Fever (WNBA)

Kayla Alexander                       Power Forward                          6’4”                             Milton, ON                Chevakata (Russia)

Miranda Ayim                            Power Forward                          6’3”                             London, ON             Toulouse (France)

Krysten Boogaard                     Centre                                         6’5”                             Regina, SK                Unattached

Adut Bulgak                               Centre                                         6’4”                             Edmonton, AB         Florida State (NCAA)

Shay Colley                                Guard                                          5’7”                             Brampton, ON         St. Edward Campion S.S.

Quinn Dornstuader                  Centre                                         6’4”                             Regina, SK                Arizona State (NCAA)

Nirra Fields                                  Guard                                          5’6”                             Montreal, QC          UCLA (NCAA)

Kim Gaucher                             Shooting Guard                        6’1”                             Mission, BC               Sopron (Hungary)

Saicha Grant-Allen                  Forward                                       6’5”                             Hamilton, ON          Dayton (NCAA)

Ruth Hamblin                            Centre                                         6’6”                             Houston, BC             Oregon State (NCAA)

Miah-Marie Langlois                Point Guard                               5’8”                             Windsor, ON             Northland, Lulea (Sweden)

Lizanne Murphy                         Small Forward                            6’1”                             Beaconsfield, QC  Angers (France)

Kia Nurse                                                       Point Guard                               6’0”                             Hamilton, ON       UConn (NCAA)

Katherine Plouffe                     Small Forward                            6’3”                             Edmonton, AB         Arad (Romania)

Michelle Plouffe                       Small Forward                            6’3”                             Edmonton, AB         Arras (France)

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe         Forward                                       6’2”                             Vernon, BC              Donau-Ries (Germany)

Tamara Tatham                         Small Forward                            6’1”                             Brampton, ON         Piestanske Cajky (Slovakia)

Shona Thorburn                         Point Guard                               5’10”                           Hamilton, ON          Nantes Reze (France)

Jamie Weisner                          Guard                                          5’9”                             Clarkston, WA         Oregon State (NCAA)

Dakota Whyte                           Guard                                          5’9”                             Ajax, ON                   Wisconsin (NCAA)

Korissa Williams                         Point Guard                               5’9”                             Amherstburg, ON   Windsor (CIS)                            

<table border="0" cellspacing="0" width="413"><tbody><tr><td colspan="3"><p>&nbsp;</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2015 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF</strong></p></td><td><p>&nbsp;</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>NAME</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>POSITION</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>HOMETOWN</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lisa Thomaidis</p></td><td><p>Head Coach</p></td><td><p>Dundas, ON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Shawnee Harle</p></td><td><p>Assistant Coach</p></td><td><p>Calgary, AB</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bev Smith</p></td><td><p>Assistant Coach</p></td><td><p>Eugene, OR</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Steve Baur</p></td><td><p>Assistant Coach</p></td><td><p>Wolfville, NS</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Theresa Burns</p></td><td><p>Guest Assistant Coach</p></td><td><p>Hamilton, ON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Fabian McKenzie</p></td><td><p>DWNT Head Coach</p></td><td><p>Sydney, NS</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dipesh Mistry</p></td><td><p>Performance Analyst</p></td><td><p>Markham, ON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Joan Mlynarczyk</p></td><td><p>IST Lead &amp; Head Therapist</p></td><td><p>Toronto, ON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Marcel Charland</p></td><td><p>Athletic &amp; Massage Therapist</p></td><td><p>Toronto, ON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Chris DalCin</p></td><td><p>Basketball Scientist</p></td><td><p>Toronto, ON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sarah Kim</p></td><td><p>Lead Physician</p></td><td><p>Toronto, ON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Marni Wesner</p></td><td><p>Edmonton Lead Physician</p></td><td><p>Edmonton, AB</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Peter Jensen</p></td><td><p>Sport Psychologist</p></td><td><p>Toronto, ON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Susan Cockle</p></td><td><p>Sport Psychologist</p></td><td><p>Edmonton, AB</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Anne Marie Thuss</p><p>Elaine Sun</p></td><td><p>Team Manager</p><p>Team Manager</p></td><td><p>Hamilton, ON</p><p>Thornhill, ON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Mikaela Berza</p></td><td><p>Team Manager</p></td><td><p>Mississauga, ON</p></td></tr></tbody></table>

<table border="0" cellspacing="0" width="425"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>PHASE 1</strong> <strong>SCHEDULE</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Training Camp - Saville Community Centre, Edmonton</p></td><td><p>May 10-24</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Exhibition Tournament &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><em>*Live stats and game reports will be available</em></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Tournament in La Rioja, Spain</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>CAN vs POL: 1:00 p.m. ET</p><p>CAN vs. GBR: 1:00 p.m. ET</p><p>CAN vs ESP: 6:00 a.m. ET</p><p>&nbsp;</p></td><td><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>May 28</p><p>May 29</p><p>May 30</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Tournament in Lille, France</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>CAN vs POL: 12:00 p.m. ET</p><p>CAN vs ITA: 12:00 p.m. ET</p><p>CAN vs FRA: 2:45 p.m. ET</p><p>&nbsp;</p></td><td><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>June 3</p><p>June 4</p><p>June 5</p></td></tr></tbody></table>