Team Canada Tips-off Rio 2016 Preparations May 21st in Edmonton, AB
Tickets on-sale now for 3-game exhibition vs. Team China July 9th -11th
TORONTO, ON (May 10, 2016) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 24 athletes that have been invited to participate in the Women’s National Team Phase 1 camp at the Saville Community Centre in Edmonton, from May 21st-30th.
“After a tremendous 2015, we’re excited to get the 2016 senior season started as we prepare for our second-consecutive Olympic games,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance. “Our players have all had great seasons with their respective clubs or schools and have been looking forward to 2016.”
The 2015 back-to-back gold medalist will reunite in Edmonton on May 21st for the first phase of training before a squad will be nominated to travel to Spain and France for a five-game exhibition tour. Canada, currently 9th in FIBA World Rankings, will face-off against 2nd-ranked Australia, 3rd-ranked Spain, 4th-ranked France, 8th-ranked China and 13th-ranked Cuba.
Canada will re-group on June 28th in Edmonton for the second phase of training, where they will host China for the Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC) from July 9th-11th at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, AB. Tickets are now available, click here to purchase.
The final phase of training will begin July 22 in Toronto, ON. 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.
The full list of invitees, staff and schedule for Phase 1 follows:
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)
Shay Colley Guard 5’7” Brampton, ON Pittsburgh (NCAA)
Laura Dally Guard 5’9” Sarnia, ON Saskatchewan (CIS)
Quinn Dornstauder Centre 6’4” Regina, SK Arizona State (NCAA)
           Nirra Fields Guard 5’6” Montreal, QC Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
Kim Gaucher Shooting Guard 6’1” Mission, BC Mondeville (France)
Saicha Grant-Allen Forward 6’4” Hamilton, ON Dayton (NCAA)
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 Forwar            d 6’3” Edmonton, AB Mondeville (France)
Emily Potter Centre 6’4” Winnipeg, MB Utah (NCAA)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Forward 6’2” Vernon, BC Wasserburg (Germany)
Karly Roser Guard 5’10” Hamilton, ON Neuss (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)
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
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
Elaine Sun Thornhill, ON Canada Basketball Team Manager
Mikaela Berza Mississauga, ON Ryerson University Team Manager


May 21-30 Phase 1 camp Saville Centre, Edmonton
June 1-9 Training & Exhibition

Spain Tournament

  • Saturday, June 4 vs Spain
  • Sunday, June 5 vs Cuba

France Tournament

  • Tuesday, June 7vs. France
  • Wednesday, June 8 vs. Australia
  • Thursday, June 9 vs. China
Spain & France
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 Phase 3 Exhibition TBC, USA
August 5-21 Olympic Games Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Schedule, staffing and athletes subject to change.

2016 marks the 2nd Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC), an event highlighting the relationship between Canada Basketball’s Women’s National Team and the City of Edmonton. The tournament will take place from July 9-11th at the Saville Community Sports Centre.
Named after the legendary Edmonton grads women’s basketball team – a team which swept four consecutive Olympic Games from 1924 to 1936 on their way to compiling an insurmountable 96.2 winning-percentage over 35 years – the EGIC will reconnect current players with Canada’s rich history in women’s basketball. For more information visit or click here to purchase tickets
For More Information & Media Requests, contact:
Bailey Williams,, 647.460.7976
Courtesy Canada Basketball
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