Rio bound Canada and China to go Head-to-Head In Three Game Exhibition Play

TORONTO, ON (June 28, 2016) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 18 athletes that have been invited to participate in the Women’s National Team Phase 2 camp in Edmonton, AB from June 29th -July 12th.

“We made very good progress in phase 1 re-connecting our national team athletes and assessing our senior team and systems,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance. “We look forward to hosting China in these important pre-Rio exhibition games.”

Fresh off of their 4-1exhibition run in France and Spain, the 2015 back-to-back gold medalists will reunite on June 29th for the second phase of training.

Canada will host China for the Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC) from July 9th-11th at the Saville Community Sports Centre. China recently qualified for the Olympics in the last-chance tournament and will again face Canada in Olympic pool-play. Tickets for the EGIC are now available, click here to purchase.

The final Olympic roster will be announced during phase 3 of training camp, which tips-off July 22nd in Toronto, ON. The team will then head to the U.S. for the 2016 USA Basketball Showcase before heading to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games from August 5th -22nd.

The full list of athletes, staff and schedule as of Phase 2:

Natalie Achonwa* Power Forward 6’3” Guelph, ON Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Miranda Ayim Power Forward 6’3” London, ON Basket Landes (France)
Adut Bulgak* Centre 6’4” Edmonton, AB New York Liberty (WNBA)
Bridget Carleton Guard 6’1 Chatham, ON Iowa State (NCAA)
Laura Dally Guard 6’0” Sarnia, ON Saskatchewan (CIS)
Nirra Fields Guard 5’6” Montreal, QC Phoenix (WNBA)/UCLA (NCAA)
Kim Gaucher Shooting Guard 6’1” Mission, BC Mondeville (France)
Ruth Hamblin* Centre 6’6” Houston, BC Dallas Wings (WNBA)
Miah-Marie Langlois Point Guard 5’8” Windsor, ON Dynamo-Guvd Novosibirsk (Russia)
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 Nantes Reze (France)
Michelle Plouffe Small Forward 6’3” Edmonton, AB Mondeville (France)
Emily Potter Centre 6’4” Winnipeg, MB Utah (NCAA)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Forward 6’2” Penticton, BC Wasserburg (Germany)
Tamara Tatham Small Forward 6’1” Brampton, ON Townville Fire (Australia)
Shona Thorburn Point Guard 5’10” Hamilton, ON Nantes Reze (France)
Jamie Weisner* Guard 5’9” Clarkston, WA Connecticut Sun (WNBA)

*Athletes currently in WNBA season will be unavailable


Name Hometown Affiliation Role
Lisa Thomaidis Saskatoon, SK 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
Dipesh Mistry Markham, ON Ryerson University Performance Analyst
Joan Mlynarczyk Toronto, ON n/a SW Physiotherapist & Therapy Lead
Danielle Dobney Toronto, ON McGill University Athletic Therapist
Chris DalCin Toronto, ON n/a Basketball Scientist
Sarah Kim Toronto, ON n/a Lead Physician
Marni Wesner Edmonton, AB University of Alberta Edmonton Lead Physician
Peter Jensen Toronto, ON n/a Sport Psychologist
Susan Cockle Edmonton, AB n/a Sport Psychologist
Anne Marie Thuss Hamilton, ON McMaster University Team Manager


June 26-July 8 Phase 2 camp Saville Centre, Edmonton
July 9-11
Edmonton Grads International Classic vs Team China
Game Times:
  • Saturday, July 9th @ 7:00 p.m. MST
  • Sunday, July 10th @ 4:00p.m. MST
  • Monday, July 11th @ 7:00 p.m. MST
Saville Centre, Edmonton
July 22-26 Phase 3 Training TBC, Toronto
July 27-31
2016 USA Basketball Showcase
Game Times:
  • July 27th vs Australia @ 5 p.m. ET
  • July 29th vs United States @ 7:00 p.m. ET
  • July 31st vs France @ 1:30 p.m. ET
Newark, Bridgepoint & New York, USA
August 5-21 Olympic Games Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
***Schedule, staffing and athletes subject to change.***

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

Drew Ebanks

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