U17 Team Will Compete In FIBA World Championships

TORONTO, ON (June 4, 2016) – Canada Basketball’s women’s high performance program is pleased to announce the 18 athletes who have been invited to the June 6th-8th U17 tryout by invitation. The group will compete for a chance to represent Canada on at the 2016 U17 FIBA World Championships.

“We’re excited to get this group together,” said Jodi Gram, head coach. “It will be a competitive camp, building on our 2015 gold medal performance and preparing to take on the world.”

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).

Following the tryout, the group will participate in a 5-day training camp from June 9th-14th at the University of Toronto – Mississauga. The final 12-woman roster will head to Spain for an exhibition tournament en route to competing in the U17 FIBA World Championships in Zaragoza from June 22nd-July 3rd.

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 bwilliams@basketball.ca


Laeticia Amihere Forward 6’1” Mississauga, ON
Niyah Becker Forward 5’9” Winnipeg, MB
Hailey Brown Forward 6’1” Hamilton, ON
Macaela Crone Forward 6’1” Moose Jaw, SK
Sarah Donovan Forward 5’9” London, ON
Louise Forsyth Guard 6’0” Langley, BC
Raizel Guinto Guard 5’4” Winnipeg, MB
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
Kate Moran Center 6’2” Waterloo, ON
Christina Morra Post 6’3” Mississauga, ON
Shaina Pellington Guard 5’6” Pickering, ON
Aiden Rainford Forward 5’10” Toronto, ON
Kyla Shand Center 6’2” Saskatoon, SK
Sage Stobbart Center 6’1” Vancouver, BC
Keishana Washington Guard 5’6” Pickering, ON


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
Nate McKibbon Calgary, AB Mount Royal University Training camp Coach
Agnes Borg Toronto, ON Canada Basketball & Ontario Basketball Head of Delegation


June 6th -8th , 2016 Tryouts UofT – Mississauga
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

Courtesy Canada Basketball

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