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Canada Basketball – Rio-Bound Canada & China To Go Head-to-Head in Three-Game Exhibition Play

TORONTO, ON (June 28, 2016) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 18 athletes that have been invited to participate in the Women’s National Team Phase 2 camp in Edmonton, AB from June 29th -July 12th.
 
“We made very good progress in phase 1 re-connecting our national team athletes and assessing our senior team and systems,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance. “We look forward to hosting China in these important pre-Rio exhibition games.”
 
Fresh off of their 4-1exhibition run in France and Spain, the 2015 back-to-back gold medalists will reunite on June 29th for the second phase of training.
 
Canada will host China for the Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC) from July 9th-11th at the Saville Community Sports Centre. China recently qualified for the Olympics in the last-chance tournament and will again face Canada in Olympic pool-play. Tickets for the EGIC are now available, click here to purchase.
 
The final Olympic roster will be announced during phase 3 of training camp, which tips-off July 22nd in Toronto, ON. The team will then head to the U.S. for the 2016 USA Basketball Showcase before heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games from August 5th -22nd.
 
The full list of athletes, staff and schedule as of Phase 2:
 

NAME

POSITION

HEIGHT

 HOMETOWN

2015-16 CLUB/SCHOOL

Natalie Achonwa*

Power Forward

6’3”

Guelph, ON

Indiana Fever (WNBA)

Miranda Ayim

Power Forward

6’3”

London, ON 

Basket Landes (France)

Adut Bulgak* 

Centre

6’4”

Edmonton, AB

New York Liberty (WNBA)

Bridget Carleton     

Guard           

6’1

Chatham, ON

Iowa State (NCAA)

Laura Dally

Guard           

6’0”

Sarnia, ON    

Saskatchewan (CIS)

Nirra Fields                

Guard           

5’6”

Montreal, QC

Phoenix (WNBA)/UCLA (NCAA)

Kim Gaucher

Shooting Guard           

6’1” 

Mission, BC

Mondeville (France)

Ruth Hamblin*           

Centre

6’6”

Houston, BC

Dallas Wings (WNBA)

Miah-Marie Langlois         

Point Guard

5’8”    

Windsor, ON

Dynamo-Guvd Novosibirsk (Russia)

Lizanne Murphy       

Small Forward

6’1”

Beaconsfield, QC

Angers (France)

Kia Nurse                  

Point Guard

6’0”    

Hamilton, ON

UConn (NCAA)

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)

Jamie Weisner*         

Guard           

5’9”

Clarkston, WA

Connecticut Sun (WNBA)

 

*Athletes currently in WNBA season will be unavailable
 
2016 SENIOR COACHES & STAFF

Name

Hometown

Affiliation

Role

Lisa Thomaidis

Saskatoon, SK

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

 

2016 SUMMER SCHEDULE

DATE

EVENT

LOCATION

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

2016 USA Basketball Showcase
Game Times:

  • July 27th vs Australia @ 5 p.m. ET
  • July 29th vs United States @ 7:00 p.m. ET
  • July 31st vs France @ 1:30 p.m. ET

Newark, Bridgepoint & New York, USA

August 5-21

Olympic Games

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Schedule, staffing and athletes subject to change.
 

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For More Information & Media Requests, contact:
Maria-Leena Clarke, mclarke@basketball.ca
Blythe Gutelius, communications@basketball.ca

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.