SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PHASE 3 TRAINING CAMP INVITES ANNOUNCED | Canada Basketball

SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PHASE 3 TRAINING CAMP INVITES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, Ont. (August 23, 2018) - Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the invites for training camp ahead of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018.

Head Coach Lisa Thomaidis (University of Saskatchewan) will lead Canada and be joined by assistants Steve Baur (Canada Basketball) and Carly Clarke (Ryerson University).

"This is an exciting time for our women's national team," said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women's National Team.  "We are looking forward to starting training camp with the deepest talent pool we've had in recent memory." 

"With many of our athletes playing in the best leagues in the world, we are excited to get everyone together to prepare to represent Canada with pride and passion at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup," Thomaidis said.

Currently ranked a program-high 5th in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE, Canada qualified for the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 last summer after winning their second consecutive FIBA Women's AmeriCup title.

The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup is the biggest international women's basketball competition with 18th edition of the event taking place in Spain from September 22-30, 2018 in San Cristobal de la Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Following training camp, Canada will travel to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut for a two-game exhibition series against Japan (Sept. 7) and USA (Sept. 8).  Before arriving in Tenerife, Canada will face France, USA and Senegal in a four-team tournament in Antibes, France (Sept. 15-17).

"We have a great exhibition schedule lined up leading into the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and look forward to the team coming together and competing against the best teams in the world," said Denise Dignard, Director Women's High Performance.

Canada is in Group A for the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 and will face Greece (Sept. 22), Korea (Sept. 23) and France (Sept. 25) in the Group Phase. Click here for the competition schedule.

A full list of athletes, coaches and team schedule can be found below.
 
Media interested in attending training camp can contact Matt Walker (mwalker@basketball.ca). Practices will take place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Thursday, August 30
12:30 PM - Gym Opens
1:00 PM - Availability

Saturday, September 1
12:30 PM - Gym Opens
1:00 PM - Availability

Tuesday, September 4
12:30 PM - Gym Opens
1:00 PM - Availability

2018 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PHASE 3 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

Name

Position

Height

Hometown 

Club / School

Natalie Achonwa

Power Forward

6'3"

Guelph, ON

Indiana Fever (WNBA)

Kayla Alexander

Forward

6'4"

Milton, ON

Indiana Fever (WNBA)

Miranda Ayim

Forward

6'3"

London, ON

Basket Landes (France)

Bridget Carleton

Guard

6'1"

Chatham, ON

Iowa State (NCAA)

Shay Colley

Point Guard

5'9"

Brampton, ON

Michigan State (NCAA)

Nirra Fields

Guard

5'6"

Lachine, QC

Energa Torun (Poland)

Kim Gaucher

Shooting Guard

6'1"

Mission, BC

Mondeville (France)

Ruth Hamblin

Centre

6'6"

Houston, BC

Castor Braine (Belgium)

Sami Hill

Guard

5'10"

Toronto, ON

Donau-Ries (Germany)

Miah-Marie Langlois

Point Guard

5'8"

Windsor, ON

Novosibirsk Dynamo (Russia)

Kia Nurse

Guard

6'0"

Hamilton, ON

New York Liberty (WNBA)

Katherine Plouffe

Forward

6'3"

Edmonton, AB

Bourges (France)

Michelle Plouffe

Forward

6'4"

Edmonton, AB

Lyon (France)

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

Forward

6'2"

Toronto, ON

Bourges (France)

Jamie Scott

Guard

5'10"

Clarkston, WA

Bendigo Spirit (Australia)

2018 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PHASE 3 TRAINING CAMP COACHES & STAFF

Name

Position

Hometown

Affiliation

Lisa Thomaidis

Head Coach

Dundas, ON

University of Saskatchewan

Steve Baur

Assistant Coach

Wolfville, NS

Canada Basketball

Carly Clarke

Assistant Coach

Halifax, NS

Ryerson University

Max Hirst

Coordinator, Performance Analysis

Collingwood, ON

Canada Basketball

Lauren Buschmann

Sports Scientist & IST Manager

St. Catharines, ON

Canada Basketball/CSI-Ontario

Rhonda Shishkin

Physiotherapist

Saskatoon, SK

University of Saskatchewan

Danielle Dobney

Athletic Therapist 

Toronto, ON

N/A

Bryce Tully 

Mental Performance Coach

Halifax, NS

CSC-Atlantic

Marni Wesner 

Lead Physician 

Edmonton, AB

University of Alberta

Jessica Curran

Physician

Ottawa, ON

N/A

Elaine Sun

Manager, Basketball Operations

Thornhill, ON

Canada Basketball

Anne Marie Thuss

Team Manager

Hamilton, ON

McMaster University

Denise Dignard

Director, WHP

Port Cartier, QC

Canada Basketball

Mike MacKay

Performance Manager, WHP

Truro, NS

Canada Basketball

Matt Walker

Communications Manager

Ancaster, ON

Canada Basketball

2018 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE

DATE

ITEM

 

August 30-September 5

Training Camp

Ryerson University (Mattamy Athletic Centre)

Toronto, ON

September 7

Canada vs. Japan

Webster Bank Arena

Bridgeport, Connecticut

September 8

Canada vs. USA

September 15

Canada vs. USA

Antibes, France

September 16

Canada vs. France

September 17

Canada vs. Senegal

September 22

Canada vs. Greece

FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018

Tenerife, Spain

September 23

Canada vs. Korea

September 25

Canada vs. France

September 26

Quarter-Final Qualifications

September 28

Quarter-Finals

September 29

Semi-Finals

September 30

Finals