TORONTO, Ont. (September 8, 2019) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 16 athletes invited to attend Senior Women’s National Team training camp ahead of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019. 

See below for the Senior Women’s National Team FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 training camp invites.

“The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup is the official start of our Tokyo Olympic qualification process, so I know we’re all excited to get back together and continue this journey,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.  “Our experiences earlier this summer have enabled us to fine tune our processes so that we can hit the ground running.  As always, representing Canada is such a huge honour for all of us and we’re excited to get going.”

The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will be played September 22-29 in San Juan’s historic Coliseo Roberto Clemente and fans in Canada can catch all the action live on DAZN.  Canada is in Group A for the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup along with Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, and hosts, Puerto Rico.

“We are looking forward to starting our Tokyo Olympic qualification process with training camp in Edmonton, the home of Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team, and to have more time to continue the team’s growth to compete against the best teams in the world as we pursue our Olympic goals,” said Denise Dignard, Director Women’s High Performance.

Entering the tournament as two-time defending FIBA AmeriCup champions, Canada will look to make it three straight later this month at the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019.  Canada has found a spot on the podium in seven of the last eight competitions dating back to the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Culiacan, Mexico.

The FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will begin with a Group Phase, where teams play round-robin format for four days. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019, where the top team of Group A will play the second team of Group B and the top team of Group B will play the second team of Group A. The winners of the semifinals will go-on to play for the continental title on September 29.

As part of the Women’s National Team Competition System, the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019 will qualify the top 8 teams to the FIBA Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in November.

The FIBA Women’s Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in Americas will qualify the top four teams for the four global FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020, taking place in February 2020.  Canada will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a top two three finish in their group in the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.

Canada is currently ranked 5th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking presented by NIKE.


NamePositionHeightHometown2019-2020 Club / School
Natalie AchonwaForward6’3″Guelph, ONIndiana Fever (WNBA)
Kayla AlexanderForward6’4″Milton, ONChicago Sky (WNBA) / Cukurova Mersin (Turkey)
Laeticia AmihereForward6’4″Mississauga, ONSouth Carolina (NCAA)
Miranda AyimForward6’3″London, ONBasket Landes (France)
Bridget CarletonGuard6’1″Chatham, ONMinnesota Lynx (WNBA) / Townsville Fire (Australia)
Shay ColleyGuard5’9″Brampton, ONMichigan State (NCAA)
Quinn DornstauderCentre6’4″Regina, SKZamarat (Spain)
Aaliyah EdwardsForward6’3″Kingston, ONCrestwood Prep (OSBA)
Kim GaucherGuard6’1″Mission, BCMondeville (France)
Ruth HamblinCentre6’6″Houston, BCDynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
Sami HillGuard5’10”Toronto, ONDonau-Ries (Germany)
Miah-Marie LangloisGuard5’8″Windsor, ONDynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)
Kia NurseGuard6’0″Hamilton, ONNew York Liberty (WNBA) / Canberra Capitals (Australia)
Shaina PellingtonGuard5’8″Pickering, ONArizona (NCAA)
Nayo Raincock-EkunweForward6’2″Toronto, ONNew York Liberty (WNBA) / Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia)
Jamie ScottGuard5’10”Clarkston, WADynamo Novosibirsk (Russia)


Lisa ThomaidisHead CoachDundas, ONUniversity of Saskatchewan
Steve BaurAssistant CoachSackville, NSCanada Basketball
Carly ClarkeAssistant CoachHalifax, NSRyerson University
Max HirstCoordinator, Performance AnalysisCollingwood, ONCanada Basketball
Lauren BuschmannSports Scientist & IST ManagerSt. Catharines, ONCanada Basketball/CSI-Ontario
Rhonda ShishkinPhysiotherapistSaskatoon, SKUniversity of Saskatchewan
Danielle DobneyAthletic TherapistToronto, ONYork University
Bryce Tully Mental Performance ConsultantHalifax, NSCSC-Atlantic
Marni WesnerLead PhysicianEdmonton, ABUniversity of Alberta
Kristin AnsteyPhysicianEdmonton, ABUniversity of Alberta
Anne Marie ThussTeam ManagerHamilton, ONMcMaster University
Denise DignardDirector, WHPPort Cartier, QCCanada Basketball
Mike MacKayPerformance Manager, WHPTruro, NSCanada Basketball
Matt WalkerCommunications ManagerAncaster, ONCanada Basketball


September 9-18Training Camp Saville Community Sports CentreEdmonton, AB
September 22Canada vs. Mexico12:30 PMFIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2019San Juan, Puerto Rico
September 23Canada vs. Cuba5:30 PM
September 24Canada vs. Puerto Rico8:00 PM
September 26Canada vs. Dominican Republic5:30 PM
September 28SemifinalsTBD
September 29FinalsTBD

Courtesy Canada Basketball

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