Canada’s senior women’s basketball team was officially welcomed to its new home and training base at Edmonton’s Saville Community Sports Centre today, enhancing the city as a centre of excellence for sport development and elite athletes.

“We are excited to welcome members of the Canadian national women’s basketball team to our great city,” says Mayor Stephen Mandel. “The team’s relocation helps solidify Edmonton as one of our country’s great sports cities and supports our ongoing efforts to build a strong, positive and attractive reputation for our city nationally and internationally.”

The team will train at the Saville Community Sports Centre on the University of Alberta’s south campus, a 32,516-square-metre multi-sport facility which includes 12 International Basketball Federation-size basketball courts.

“Edmonton’s rich tradition of women’s basketball, through the storied Edmonton Grads that won the first world women’s title in 1924, will be inspiration for our team,” says Wayne Parrish, President and CEO of Canada Basketball. “This is the beginning of a great relationship between Edmonton and Canada Basketball – one that will flourish and deepen in the years to come.”

Having the team based in Edmonton opens up opportunities to further develop interest in greater Edmonton and Alberta, and increase the game’s inclusivity, reaching out to inner-city children and at-risk youth.

City Council unanimously approved funding for the team’s relocation in May, affirming the City of Edmonton’s commitment to grow the game in the community and develop the city as a centre of excellence in basketball. This initiative, developed jointly by the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and Basketball Alberta, supports The Way We Prosper, the city’s economic development vision centred on economic diversification.

2013 Senior Women's National Team Training Camp Roster

Name Position Hometown
Miranda Ayim Forward London, Ont.
Janelle Bekkering Forward Taber, Alta.
Krysten Boogaard Centre Regina, Sask.
Justine Colley Guard East Preston, N.S.
Nirra Fields Guard Montreal, Que.
Ruth Hamblin Centre Houston, B.C.
Kalisha Keane Forward Ajax, Ont.
Lizanne Murphy Forward Beaconsfield, Que.
Kia Nurse Guard Hamilton, Ont.
Courtnay Pilypaitis Guard Orleans, Ont.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Forward Vernon, B.C.
Kendell Ross Forward Sarnia, Ont.
Kim Smith Guard Mission, B.C.
Alisha Tatham Guard Brampton, Ont.
Tamara Tatham Forward Brampton, Ont.
Shona Thorburn Guard Hamilton, Ont.

2013 Senior Women's National Team Training Schedule

Date Time Location
June 27 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Saville Community Sports Centre
June 28

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
University of Alberta – Main Gymnasium

June 29 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. University of Alberta – Main Gymnasium
June 30 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. University of Alberta – Main Gymnasium

2013 Senior Women's National Team Staff

Name Position
Lisa Thomaidis Head Coach
Shawnee Harle Assistant Coach
Bev Smith Assistant Coach
Teresa Burns Guest Coach
Dipesh Mistry Performance Analyst
Anne Marie Thuss Team Manager
Joan Mlynarczyk Head Physiotherapist & IST Lead
Marcel Charland Athletic Therapist & Massage Therapist
Michelle Bell Athletic Therapist
Jennifer Bushell Athletic Therapist
Dr. Sarah Kim Head Physician
Jordan Foley Strength & Conditioning Coach
Ed McNeely Lead Physiologist