TORONTO, ON (May 17, 2017) – Canada Basketball’s Women’s High Performance program is pleased to announce the 19 athletes invited to participate in the U16 National Team invitational tryouts at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus (Mississauga, ON) from May 24-25, 2017.

“After a very competitive assessment process we have invited 19 athletes who hope to represent Canada this summer in Argentina for the FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship,” said Denise Dignard, director, women’s high performance. “These athletes have worked hard throughout the year and we look forward to a competitive tryout and continuing their international basketball development.”

Training camp will follow tryouts from May 26th-June 3rd at the University of Toronto – Mississauga and the finalized team roster will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship. The team looks to maintain its 2015 gold medal finish and also qualify for the 2018 FIBA U17 Worlds.

Jodi Gram (Bill Crothers S.S.) takes the helm in her second year as Head Coach along with Co-Head Coach Dani Sinclair (University of Victoria). They will be joined by Assistant Coach Albena Branzova-Dimitrova (UQAM) and Performance Analyst, Michele Sung (University of Manitoba).

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


Laeticia Amihere F Mississauga, ON King’s Christian Collegiate
Kiandra Browne F Pointe-Claire, QC St-Laurent
Kenya Côté–Lysius G St. Constant, QC Lucien-Page HS
Micah Dennis G Toronto, ON Northern SS
Kennedy Dickie F Kelowna, BC Kelowna SS
Aaliyah Edwards F Kingston, ON Frontenac SS
Yvonne Ejim F Calgary, AB St. Elizabeth Seaton
Makayla Ennis G/F Brampton, ON TRC Academy
Kaillie Hall G Stoney Creek, ON Lincoln Prep
Cassandra Joli-Coeur F Brockville, ON Ange-Gabriel Catholic
Brynn Masikewich F Calgary, AB St. Francis SS
Olivia Morgan-Cherchas C Kamloops, BC South Kamloops SS
Donna Ntambue G Montreal, QC Lucien-Page HS
Merissah Russell F Ottawa, ON Longfields-Davison Heights SS
Ella Stanley F St. Albert, AB Paul Kane HS
Sarah Te-Biasu G Montreal, QC Lucien-Page HS
Deanna Tuchscherer F Chilliwack, BC GW Graham SS
Lea-Sophie Verret G Quebec City, QC Seminaire St-Francois
Aerial Wilson G Dundas, ON TRC Academy


Jodi Gram Head Coach Markham, ON Bill Crothers S.S
Dani Sinclair Co-Head Coach Victoria, BC University of Victoria
Albena Branzova-Dimitrova Assistant Coach Montreal, QC Université du Québec à Montréal
Michele Sung Performance Analyst Winnipeg, MB University of Manitoba
Michelle Bell Athletic Therapist Brampton, ON Ryerson University
Marcus Jansen Physician Toronto, ON
Mireille Beland Head of Delegation Repentigny, QC Vanier College
Agnes Borg Women’s Youth Player Development Manager Toronto, ON Canada Basketball/Ontario Basketball


Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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