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Canada Basketball – Team Canada to face Australia, China, Cuba, France & Spain in Olympic preparation

TORONTO, ON (May 31, 2016) – Twelve athletes were selected from the first phase of women’s national team training camp to travel to Europe for a five-day tournament in France and Spain in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games.
 
“We’re going to play some teams that are top-ranked in the world and who are peaking to make the Olympics, so it will be a great learning experience,” said Lisa Thomaidis, head coach, women’s national team. “This tournament will give us an understanding of where we’re at – a benchmark, and then stuff to build upon.” 
 
Bridget Carleton (Iowa State), Laura Dally (University of Saskatchewan) and Emily Potter (University of Utah) join 9 members of the 2015 gold medal squad and will travel with the senior team for the first time. Carleton played on the 2015 U19 team and Dally on the 2015 development team. Potter played with the development team in 2014.
 
“We’re pleased with Bridget, Laura and Emily’s progress and to provide them with the opportunity to compete at a high level of international basketball will only continue their development,” said Denise Dignard, director, women’s high performance. “It’s key for us to foster our pipeline of athletes and continue to build the next generation of talent in Canada.” 
 
The five-game tournament tips-off Saturday, June 4th against 3rd-ranked Spain. Canada, currently 9th in FIBA World Rankings, will then face-off against 13th-ranked Cuba, 4th-ranked France, 2nd-ranked Australia and 8th-ranked China.
 
Canada will re-group on June 28th in Edmonton for the second phase of training, where they will host China for the Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC) from July 9th-11th at the Saville Centre. Tickets are now available, click here to purchase.
 
The final phase of training will begin July 22 in Toronto, ON, where the final Olympic roster will be confirmed. The team will then head to the U.S. for an exhibition tournament before heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games from August 5 -21. 
 
The full European Exhibition staff list, roster and schedule follows. Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.
 

2016 EUROPEAN EXHIBITION ROSTER

 

NAME

POSITION

HEIGHT

HOMETOWN

CLUB/SCHOOL

Miranda Ayim

Power Forward

6’3”

London, ON 

Basket Landes (France)

Bridget Carleton     

Guard           

6’1

Chatham, ON

Iowa State (NCAA)

Laura Dally

Guard           

6’0”

Sarnia, ON    

Saskatchewan (CIS)

Kim Gaucher

Shooting Guard           

6’1”    

Mission, BC

Mondeville (France)

Miah-Marie Langlois         

Point Guard

5’8”    

Windsor, ON

Dynamo-Guvd Novosibirsk (Russia)

Lizanne Murphy       

Small Forward

6’1”

Beaconsfield, QC

Angers (France)

Katherine Plouffe    

Small Forward

6’3”

Edmonton, AB

Nantes Reze (France)

Michelle Plouffe

Small Forward

6’3”

Edmonton, AB

Mondeville (France)

Emily Potter  

Centre

6’4”

Winnipeg, MB

Utah (NCAA)

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe

Forward

6’2”    

Penticton, BC

Wasserburg (Germany)

Tamara Tatham

Small Forward

6’1”

Brampton, ON

Townville Fire (Australia)

Shona Thorburn       

Point Guard

5’10”  

Hamilton, ON

Nantes Reze (France)

 

 

2016 SENIOR COACHES & STAFF

Name

Hometown

Affiliation

Role

Lisa Thomaidis

Dundas, ON

University of Saskatchewan

Head Coach

Shawnee Harle

Calgary, AB

n/a

Assistant Coach

Bev Smith

Eugene, OR

n/a

Assistant Coach

Steve Baur

Sackville, NS

Canada Basketball

Assistant Coach

Dipesh Mistry

Markham, ON

Ryerson University

Performance Analyst

Joan Mlynarczyk

Toronto, ON

n/a

SW Physiotherapist & Therapy Lead

Danielle Dobney

Toronto, ON

McGill University

Athletic Therapist

Chris DalCin

Toronto, ON

n/a

Basketball Scientist

Sarah Kim

Toronto, ON

n/a

Lead Physician

Marni Wesner

Edmonton, AB

University of Alberta

Edmonton Lead Physician

Peter Jensen

Toronto, ON

n/a

Sport Psychologist

Susan Cockle

Edmonton, AB

n/a

Sport Psychologist

Anne Marie Thuss

Hamilton, ON

McMaster University

Team Manager

Elaine Sun

Thornhill, ON

Canada Basketball

Team Manager

 

2016 SUMMER SCHEDULE

June 1-9

Spain Tournament

  • Saturday, June 4 vs Spain
  • Sunday, June 5 vs Cuba

 
France Tournament

  • Tuesday, June 7vs. France
  • Wednesday, June 8 vs. Australia
  • Thursday, June 9 vs. China

Spain & France

June 26-July 8

Phase 2 camp

Saville Centre, Edmonton

July 9-11

Edmonton Grads International Classic vs Team China
Game Times:

  • Saturday, July 9th @ 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Sunday, July 10th @ 4:00p.m. MST
  • Monday, July 11th @ 7:00 p.m. MST

Saville Centre, Edmonton
 
 

July 22-26

Phase 3 Training

TBC, Toronto

July 27-31

Phase 3 Exhibition

TBC, USA

August 5-21

Olympic Games

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

 

 
 
 
 
 

Schedule, staffing and athletes subject to change. -30- For More Information & Media Requests, contact: Bailey Williams, bwilliams@basketball.ca, 647.460.7976

ABOUT THE EDMONTON GRADS INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC 2016 marks the 2nd Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC), an event highlighting the relationship between Canada Basketball’s Women’s National Team and the City of Edmonton. The tournament will take place from July 9-11th at the Saville Community Sports Centre. Named after the legendary Edmonton grads women’s basketball team – a team which swept four consecutive Olympic Games from 1924 to 1936 on their way to compiling an insurmountable 96.2 winning-percentage over 35 years – the EGIC will reconnect current players with Canada’s rich history in women’s basketball. For more information visit basketball.ca or click here to purchase tickets.