TORONTO (May 23, 2023) – In collaboration with Canada Basketball, Alberta Basketball and Basketball Québec will host the Canada Basketball 15U & 17U Boys and Girls National Championships for the second-straight year.
Calgary, Alta. and Sherbrooke, Que. will welcome the country's best basketball talent this summer from teams representing their provinces and territories, vying for the right to be crowned national champions. The tournaments will take place from July 31-Aug. 5, 2023.
“After a two-year pause due to COVID-19, the success of the Canada Basketball National Championships in 2022 was amazing to see,” said Michael Bartlett, President & CEO of Canada Basketball. “Canada Basketball is looking to build on last summer’s momentum and help support another year of national championships.”
“Both Alberta Basketball and Basketball Québec were tremendous hosts in 2022, and we know they will do an excellent job in helping organize these tournaments again this summer.”
“National Championships are an essential contributor to the growth and development of basketball in Canada,” Bartlett said. “Not only do they provide an amazing opportunity for young, elite Canadian basketball players, including many of our current and future national team players, but also an opportunity to compete best-on-best on home soil in front of family, friends and fans.”
After Edmonton hosted the Canada Basketball 15U & 17U Boys National Championships in 2022, the National Championships are returning to Alberta as Calgary will host the 15U & 17U Girls National Championships at the Jack Simpson Gym on the University of Calgary campus.
“We can’t wait to welcome the best 15U and 17U basketball talent in the country back to Alberta,” said Paul Sir, Executive Director of the Alberta Basketball Association. “We are excited to partner with Canada Basketball again to host a national championship in our province. Calgary is a great basketball city and will make for a tremendous site for the tournament this summer.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for the next generation of athletes to watch this calibre of basketball in their own backyard. National championships should inspire our youth, and Alberta Basketball Association will do everything possible to host an event that will accomplish this goal.”
Sherbrooke will welcome Canada’s best young basketball players for a second year after hosting the 15U and 17U girls' tournaments last summer. This July, the John H. Price Sports Centre on the campus of Bishop’s University will serve as the home to the 15U & 17U Boys National Championships.
"It is a real pleasure and honour for Basketball Québec to host the Canada Basketball 15U and 17U Boys National Championships for the second consecutive year on the campus of Bishop's University,” said Daniel Grimard, Executive Director of Basketball Québec.
“The 2022 tournament was a great success, and we are happy to welcome back the most talented young athletes in the country,” Grimard said. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to promote and develop basketball in Québec."
Prominent players to participate in past tournaments include the likes of Bridget Carleton, RJ Barrett, Kia Nurse, Andrew Nembhard, Laeticia Amihere, Benedict Mathurin, Aaliyah Edwards and Cory Joseph.
In 2022, Ontario won both the U15 and U17 Girls National Championship, as well as the U15 Boys title, while Quebec claimed the U17 Boys crown.
Event schedules and ticket information for each of the 2023 national championships will be announced in the coming weeks.
While all games from the Canada Basketball 15U & 17U National Championships will be live-streamed via Canada Basketball’s YouTube, basketball fans from across the host provinces of Quebec and Alberta are encouraged to come out and support teams in person for an incredible first-class basketball experience.