The Development Women’s National Team (DWNT) is set to start its summer competitive season. Team staff will hold a tryout by invitation from June 19-21. 16 invited student-athletes from across the nation will convene at University of Toronto Mississauga for their shot at joining the team.

Fabian McKenzie, of Sydney, N.S., will return as the head coach of the DWNT. "I am honoured to be asked to lead the Women's Development Team again this summer. This will be a great development opportunity for the young ladies and it will provide them with game experience at the international level."

McKenzie, who is the head coach of the Cape Breton University Capers, will be joined by a seasoned and experienced coaching staff. Assistants Chantal Vallée and Michele Belanger each have previous experience with Canada Basketball. Outside of the national team program, Vallée serves as the head coach of the University of Windsor Lancers, while Team Canada alumna Belanger holds the same position with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

When asked about the summer ahead, McKenzie said, “I am eagerly anticipating the start of camp and I look forward to working with this tremendous staff and our great group of athletes and as we prepare to participate in the Summer Universiade in Kazan. This will be an excellent opportunity for the continued growth of the national team program.”

The tryout by invitation will be immediately followed by a nine-day training camp. The DWNT will see its first action in exhibition games in Kazan before the start of the 27th FISU Summer Universiade. The event, also known as the World University Games, will run from July 6-15.

2013 Development Women's National Team Tryout Invitees

Name Position Height Hometown
Sophie Beaudry Post 6-4 Chambly, Que.
Shantale Bramble-Donaldson Forward/Post 6-1 Bronx, N.Y.
Taijah Campbell Post 6-3 Ajax, Ont.
Erin Chambers Guard/Forward 6-1 Mission, B.C.
Rachelle Coward Guard 6-0 Dartmouth, N.S.
Dalyce Emmerson Post/Forward 6-3 Prince Albert, Sask.
Alex Kiss-Rusk Post 6-4 Montreal, Que.
Tessa Kreiger Post 6-4 London, Ont.
Miah-Marie Langlois Guard 5-8 Windsor, Ont.
Lindsay Ledingham Forward 6-0 Regina, Sask.
Dianna Ros Guard 5-7 Montreal, Que.
Karly Roser Guard 5-10 Hamilton, Ont.
Kara Spotton Forward 6-2 Fort Collins, Colo.
Dakota Whyte Guard 5-8 Ajax, Ont.
Korissa Williams Guard 5-9 Amherstburg, Ont.
Kristjana Young Guard 6-0 North Vancouver, B.C.

2013 Development Women’s National Team Schedule

Event Dates Location
Tryout by Invitation June 19-21 UTM, Mississauga, Ont.
Training Camp June 22-30 UTM, Mississauga, Ont.
Training & Exhibition Games July 2-5 Kazan, Russia
FISU Games July 6-15 Kazan, Russia

2013 Development Women's National Team Staff

Name Position School
Fabian McKenzie Head Coach Cape Breton University
Michele Belanger Assistant Coach University of Toronto
Chantal Vallée Assistant Coach University of Windsor
Jeff Speedy Team Manager/Performance Analyst University of New Brunswick
Patrice Pepin Therapist  
Denise Dignard Head of Delegation  

2013 Development Women's National Team Training Location

Georgian College
1 Georgian Drive
Barrie Ont.
L4M 3X9