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Canada Basketball – U17 Team Will Compete In FIBA World Championships

TORONTO, ON (June 9, 2016) – Canada Basketball’s women’s high performance program is pleased to announce the 2016 U17 women’s national team who will represent Canada at the 2016 U17 FIBA World Championships.
“After a very competitive assessment process we have selected the12 athletes who will represent Canada and looking to build on past success,” said Denise Dignard, director, women’s high performance. “Athletes have worked hard throughout the year and we look forward to seeing them continue their growth and compete against the best in the world at their age-group.”
The team will finish training camp on June 14th at the University of Toronto – Mississauga and will then head to Spain for a three-game exhibition tournament. The team will tip-off against Nigeria on June 22nd at the U17 FIBA World Championships in Zaragoza from June 22nd-July 3rd.
Jodi Gram (Bill Crothers S.S.) takes the helm in her first year as head coach of the squad after working with the team for 5 years as an assistant and apprentice coach. She will be joined by assistants Dani Sinclair (University of Victoria), Albena Branzova-Dimitrova (UQAM) and performance analyst Michele Hynes (University of Manitoba).
In 2015, the U16 national team won the U16 FIBA Americas Championship, capturing Canada’s first gold medal at a FIBA Americas tournament. Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA youth girls rankings.
A full list of invited athletes and coaches can be found below. For media requests, please contact
Laeticia Amihere Forward 6’1” Mississauga, ON
Niyah Becker Forward 5’9”     Winnipeg, MB
Hailey Brown Forward 6’1”     Hamilton, ON
Sarah Donovan Forward 5’9” London, ON
Louise Forsyth Guard            6’0” Langley, BC
Hanna Hall Guard            5’2” Hamilton, ON
Taya Hanson Guard            5’7” Kelowna, BC
Alyssa Jerome          Forward 6’1”     Toronto, ON
Roxane Makolo Guard            5’7”     St-Hubert, QC
Shaina Pellington Guard            5’6” Pickering, ON
Aiden Rainford Forward 5’10”   Toronto, ON
Kyla Shand    Center 6’2” Saskatoon, SK
Jodi Gram Markham, ON Bill Crothers S.S. Head Coach
Dani Sinclair Victoria, BC University of Victoria Assistant Coach
Albena Branzova-Dimitrova Montreal, QC UQAM Assistant Coach
Michele Hynes Winnipeg, MB University of Manitoba Performance Analyst/Apprentice Coach
Michelle Bell Brampton, ON Ryerson University Athletic Therapist
Megan Pinske Coquitlam, ON University of Saskatchewan Team Manager/Apprentice Coach
Marcus Jansen Toronto, ON N/A Physician
Agnes Borg Toronto, ON Canada Basketball & Ontario Basketball Head of Delegation
June 9th -14th, 2016 Training Camp UofT – Mississauga
June 16th-19th Exhibition Tournament Spain
June 22nd, 2016 Vs. Nigeria U17 World Championships
Zaragoza, Spain
June 23rd, 2016 Vs. Latvia
June 25th, 2016 Vs. Japan
June 28th, 2016 Round of 16
June 30th, 2016 Quarter Finals
July 1st, 2016 Semi-Finals
July 2nd, 2016 Classification Games
July 3rd, 2016 Finals
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