20 Athletes Invited to Attend Development Women’s National Team Tryouts

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20 ATHLETES INVITED TO ATTEND
DEVELOPMENT WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUTS
WOMEN SET TO COMPETE IN TOKYO AND TAIWAN

TORONTO, ON (JULY 28, 2017) – Canada Basketball’s Women’s High Performance program is pleased to announce the 20 athletes invited to attend the Development Women’s National Team Tryouts and Training Camp at Ryerson University (Kerr Hall) from July 29 to August 8, 2017.

“We look forward to a competitive tryout and training camp as our program looks to field the best team to compete against world class teams in Tokyo and at the FISU Games,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance. “We continue to build the depth of our athlete pool and provide them with meaningful international mileage.”

The finalized team roster will leave for Tokyo, Japan on August 9 to compete at the U24 Women Basketball League Four Nations 2017 where they will face off against Japan, USA and Australia. Canada tips-off tournament play on August 12 against host Japan at 3:30 AM ET.

Following this tournament, the team will then travel to Taipei City, Taiwan to compete at the Taipei 2017 29th Summer Universiade. Canada tips-off tournament play on August 21 against Portugal at 3 AM ET.

Fabian McKenzie (Cape Breton University) takes the helm in his 6th year as Head Coach. McKenzie is joined by assistant coaches Chantal Vallee (University of Windsor) and Nate McKibbon (Mount Royal University), along with Michele Belanger (University of Toronto) who will join the staff for training camp.

Canada is currently ranked 6th in the FIBA World Rankings. Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates.

Please RSVP to mwalker@basketball.ca

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Monday, August 7
6:45 p.m. Gym Opens
7:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are EST and subject to change

The full staff list, roster and schedule can be found below. Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.

PLAYERS INVITED TO 2017 DWNT TRYOUTS BY INVITATION

NAME  POSITION HEIGHT HOMETOWN 2016/2017 SCHOOL/CLUB
Angela Bongomin Centre 6’2” Regina, SK University of Regina (U SPORTS)
Paige Crozon Forward 6’1” Humboldt, SK University of Utah (NCAA)
Quinn Dornstauder Centre 6’3” Regina, SK Arizona State University (NCAA)
Abigail Fogg Centre 6’4” Sault Ste. Marie, ON University of South Dakota (NCAA)
Sami Hill Guard 5’10” Toronto, ON Virginia Tech University (NCAA)
Mael Gilles Guard 6’1” Montreal, QC Montmorency (CEGEP/CCAA)
Taya Hanson* Guard 5’8” Kelowna, BC TRC Academy (OSBA)
Alison Keough Forward 6’1” Marion Bridge, NS Cape Breton University (U SPORTS)
Jaelyne Kirkpatrick Guard 5’6” Oakville, ON University of Illinois (NCAA)
Alex Kiss-Rusk Centre 6’4” Beaconsfield, QC McGill University (U SPORTS)
Megan Lindquist Forward 6’0” Saskatoon, SK University of Saskatchewan (U SPORTS)
Dani Nafekh Guard 5’11” Oakville, ON UC Davis (NCAA)
Ceejay Nofunte Guard 5’8” Toronto, ON Humber College (OCAA)
Mariah Nunes Guard 5’10” Ajax, ON Oviedo (Spain D2)
Ashley Polacek Guard 5’5” Ottawa, ON University of Central Florida (NCAA)
Kellie Ring Guard 5’9” Ottawa, ON Ryerson University (U SPORTS)
Kyla Shand Center 6’2” Saskatoon, SK Holy Cross High School (HS)
Erika Steeves Forward 6’2” Montreal, QC Brown University (NCAA)
Catherine Traer Forward 6’1” Chelsea, QC Carleton University (U SPORTS)
Meg Wilson Forward 6’2” London, ON Simon Fraser University (NCAA D2)

* Training camp only

2017 COACHES & STAFF

NAME  POSITION HOMETOWN AFFILIATION
Fabian McKenzie Head Coach Glace Bay, NS Cape Breton University
Michele Belanger Assistant Coach/Selection Committee Mississauga, ON University of Toronto
Chantal Vallee Assistant Coach Montreal, QC University of Windsor
Nate McKibbon Assistant Coach Hamilton, ON Mount Royal University
Patrice Pepin Physiotherapist Quebec, QC N/A
Ryan Nguyen Performance Analyst Toronto, ON N/A
Elaine Sun Team Leader Thornhill, ON Canada Basketball
Jacquelyn Corkum Physician
(Japan Only)
Halifax, NS University of Toronto

2017 SCHEDULE

DATE ITEM LOCATION
July 29-August 8 Tryouts and Training Camp Ryerson University –
Kerr Hall (379 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 0A1)
August 9 Travel to Japan Katayanagi Arena
Tokyo, Japan
August 12-15 U24 Women Basketball League Four Nations 2017
August 12 Canada vs. Japan @ 3:30 AM ET
August 13 Canada vs. USA @ 3:30 AM ET
August 15 Canada vs. Australia @ 3:30 AM ET
August 20-29 Taipei 2017 29th Summer Universiade Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium
Taipei City, Taiwan
August 21 Canada vs. Portugal @ 3:00 AM ET
August 22 Canada vs. Korea @ 8:00 AM ET
August 23 Canada vs. Japan @ 3:00 AM ET

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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