Basketball Canada’s Olympics training camp includes 24 athletes

Photo: Basketball Canada.
Photo: Basketball Canada.

Canada basketball invited 24 athletes to participate in an Olympic training camp in late May. The Women’s National Team Phase 1 camp takes place at the Saville Community Centre in Edmonton May 21 – 30.

“After a tremendous 2015, we’re excited to get the 2016 senior season started as we prepare for our second-consecutive Olympic games,” said Canada Basketball official Denise Dignard. “Our players have all had great seasons with their respective clubs or schools and have been looking forward to 2016.”

Canada is in ninth place in the FIBA World Rankings. After the first phase of training, a squad will be nominated to travel to Spain and France for a five-game exhibition tour to compete against 2nd-ranked Australia, 3rd-ranked Spain, 4th-ranked France, 8th-ranked China and 13th-ranked Cuba.

The team will reconvene on June 28 in Edmonton for the second phase of training, where they will host China for the Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC) from July 9 -11 at the Saville Centre. The final phase of training will begin July 22 in Toronto. The team will then head to the U.S. for an exhibition tournament before heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games from August 5 -22.

Invitees and coaches

Natalie Achonwa Forward 6’3” Guelph, ON Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Miranda Ayim Forward 6’3” London, ON Basket Landes (France)
Adut Bulgak Center 6’4” Edmonton, AB New York Liberty (WNBA)
Bridget Carleton Guard 6’1 Chatham, ON Iowa State (NCAA)
Shay Colley Guard 5’7” Brampton, ON Pittsburgh (NCAA)
Laura Dally Guard 6’0” Sarnia, ON Saskatchewan (CIS)
Quinn Dornstauder Center 6’4” Regina, SK Arizona State (NCAA)
Nirra Fields Guard 5’6” Montreal, QC Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
Kim Gaucher Guard 6’1” Mission, BC Mondeville (France)
Saicha Grant-Allen Forward 6’4” Hamilton, ON Dayton (NCAA)
Ruth Hamblin Center 6’6” Houston, BC Dallas Wings (WNBA)
Miah-Marie Langlois Guard 5’8” Windsor, ON Dynamo-Guvd Novosibirsk (Russia)
Lizanne Murphy Forward 6’1” Beaconsfield, QC Angers (France)
Kia Nurse Guard 6’0” Hamilton, ON UConn (NCAA)
Katherine Plouffe Forward 6’3” Edmonton, AB Nantes Reze (France)
Michelle Plouffe Forward 6’3” Edmonton, AB Mondeville (France)
Emily Potter Center 6’4” Winnipeg, MB Utah (NCAA)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Forward 6’2” Penticton, BC Wasserburg (Germany)
Karly Roser Guard 5’10” Hamilton, ON Neuss (Germany)
Tamara Tatham Forward 6’1” Brampton, ON Townville Fire (Australia)
Shona Thorburn Guard 5’10” Hamilton, ON Nantes Reze (France)
Jamie Weisner Guard 5’9” Clarkston, WA Connecticut Sun (WNBA)
Korissa Williams Guard 5’8” Windsor, ON Dunkerque (France Div. 2)
Dakota Whyte Guard 5’9” Ajax, ON Wisconsin (NCAA)


Name Hometown Affiliation Role
Lisa Thomaidis Dundas, ON 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


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