EDMONTON WELCOMES TEAM CANADA FOR 2015 SEASON

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Team Looks Forward to Dream Season

TORONTO, ON – Today the National Women’s Team was officially welcomed back to the city of Edmonton at a reception hosted by Mayor Don Iveson.  Photos of the event available here.

“To be in Edmonton getting to know the city and the city getting to know us has been a tremendous honour and privilege,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Women’s National Team.  “In my time with the team, we’ve never had the depth and level of talent we do here this year. We are very excited to showcase  it at the Pan Am Games and FIBA Americas to vie for the most coveted prize – a berth to the Olympics, next year in Rio.”

The Province of Alberta, City of Edmonton and Sport Canada have been instrumental partners in giving the team a home and earning the right to host the 2015 FIBA Americas Women’s Championship at the Saville Community Sport Centre, August 9-16.

“We’re delighted to welcome home the Canadian Women’s Basketball Team to prepare for an exciting summer of competition,” said Edmonton Mayor Iveson. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the spirit of culture and sport that makes our capital city a wonderful place to live and visit. For Edmontonians, it is an exciting opportunity to see some of the world’s best women’s basketball right here in our own city.”

The team is looking forward to an exciting season, playing in back-to-back domestic competitions – TO2015 Pan Am games in Toronto and hosting the Olympic qualifier in Edmonton.

“This summer feels like something dreams are made of. Last year when they announced we would host, the whole room erupted into screams,” said National Team Shooting Guard and 2012 Olympian, Kim Gaucher. “It gives me goosebumps every day, thinking about standing up there and singing the national anthem in front of 2000 screaming fans and then just dreaming of the moment where we finally qualify and being able to share that with this whole country.”

Gaucher along with 16 athletes will continue phase one training in Edmonton until May 25,  in advance of heading to Spain and France for a six-game European Exhibition Tour. After three days training with the senior team, four athletes were released today and will participate in the national development team, which is heading to Korea in July for the FISU Games.

Team Canada will be available to media during the following Phase 1 Training Camp dates. The full list of athletes, staff and schedules follows below.

DATE TIME LOCATION
Thursday, May 14 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Saville Community Centre – Edmonton, AB
Sunday, May 17 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday, May 18 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 21 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 24 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
ATHLETES IN PHASE 1 TRAINING – as of May 13
Name                                     Position                                  Height                    Hometown           Club / School(’14-‘15)
Natalie Achonwa               Power Forward                     6’3”                          Guelph, ON          Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Miranda Ayim                     Power Forward                     6’3”                          London, ON         Toulouse (France)
Krysten Boogaard               Centre                                      6’5”                         Regina, SK            Unattached
Shay Colley                           Guard                                       5’7”                         Brampton, ON      St. Edward Campion
Nirra Fields                          Guard                                       5’6”                         Montreal, QC        UCLA (NCAA)
Kim Gaucher                        Shooting Guard                     6’1”                         Mission, BC           Sopron (Hungary)
Saicha Grant-Allen            Forward                                  6’5”                         Hamilton, ON      Dayton (NCAA)
Ruth Hamblin                     Centre                                      6’6”                         Houston, BC          Oregon State (NCAA)
Miah-Marie Langlois       Point Guard                            5’8”                         Windsor, ON        Northland, Lulea (Sweden)
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      Arad (Romania)
Michelle Plouffe                 Small Forward                       6’3”                          Edmonton, AB      Arras (France)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe  Forward                                  6’2”                          Vernon, BC            Donau-Ries (Germany)
Tamara Tatham                 Small Forward                      6’1”                           Brampton, ON      Piestanske Cajky (Slovakia)
Shona Thorburn                Point Guard                            5’10”                        Hamilton, ON      Nantes Reze (France)
Jamie Weisner                   Guard                                       5’9”                          Clarkston, WA      Oregon State (NCAA)
2015 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
NAME POSITION HOMETOWN
Lisa Thomaidis Head Coach Dundas, ON
Shawnee Harle Assistant Coach Calgary, AB
Bev Smith Assistant Coach Eugene, OR
Steve Baur Assistant Coach Wolfville, NS
Theresa Burns Guest Assistant Coach Hamilton, ON
Fabian McKenzie DWNT Head Coach Sydney, NS
Dipesh Mistry Performance Analyst Markham, ON
Joan Mlynarczyk IST Lead & Head Therapist Toronto, ON
Marcel Charland Athletic & Massage Therapist Toronto, ON
Chris DalCin Basketball Scientist Toronto, ON
Sarah Kim Lead Physician Toronto, ON
Marni Wesner Edmonton Lead Physician Edmonton, AB
Peter Jensen Sport Psychologist Toronto, ON
Susan Cockle Sport Psychologist Edmonton, AB
Anne Marie Thuss
Elaine Sun
Team Manager
Team Manager
Hamilton, ON
Thornhill, ON
Mikaela Berza Team Manager Mississauga, ON

PHASE 1 SCHEDULE
Training Camp – Saville Community Centre, Edmonton May 10-24
Exhibition Tournament                                       *Live stats and game reports will be available
Tournament in La Rioja, Spain

CAN vs POL: 1:00 p.m. ET
CAN vs. GBR: 1:00 p.m. ET
CAN vs ESP: 6:00 a.m. ET

May 28
May 29
May 30

Tournament in Lille, France

CAN vs POL: 12:00 p.m. ET
CAN vs ITA: 12:00 p.m. ET
CAN vs FRA: 2:45 p.m. ET

June 3
June 4
June 5

For more information, please contact:

Bailey Williams
Manager, Communications
E-mail: bwilliams@basketball.ca
Cell: 647-460-7976

About Canada Basketball:

Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation committed to excellence in leading the growth of the game domestically and in pursuing medal performances on the international stage. 
Courtesy Canada Basketball
Drew Ebanks
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