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Canada Basketball – TORONTO, ONT. (June 5, 2019) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 12 athletes nominated to represent Canada at the upcoming FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship 2019 from June 16-22 in Aysen, Chile.

Click here for the U16 Women’s National Team roster.

“We are excited to travel to Chile and the FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship with this group of athletes,” said Head Coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “They have demonstrated a willingness to pursue excellence and have shown tremendous improvement every time we get the opportunity to train with them.” 

“From December to March camp, we saw their commitment levels increase and as we head into this final camp before competition, we recognize their intentionality in bringing the characteristics that we hope embodies our team this summer – resilience, defensive disruption and team-oriented play,” said Jean-Paul. “Being able to introduce them to their first international experience is an honour for us as a coaching staff and hopefully only the beginning of their time representing Canada.” 

Joining Jean-Paul will be assistants Nate McKibbon (Mount Royal University) and Tamara Tatham (University of Toronto), while Fabienne Blizzard (Capital Courts) will serve as an apprentice coach.

The FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship 2019 will qualify the top-four teams to the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2020.

Canada is in Group A along with Brazil, Ecuador and Puerto Rico.

“The Canadian women have been very competitive at this tournament and we expect this group to continue that history,” Jean-Paul said.

Canada earned a silver medal at the FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  This will be Canada’s sixth appearance since FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship began in 2009, with the country medalling in each of their previous five tournaments.

Training camp will take place at Humber College – North Campus from June 6-11 and is closed to the public. Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates:

Friday, June 7

5:45 p.m. Gym Opens
6:00 p.m. Availability

Tuesday, June 11

3:30 p.m. Gym Opens
3:45 p.m. Availability

*All times are EDT and subject to change

Media interested in attending training camp are asked to RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca.

Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

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Matt Walker, mwalker@basketball.ca