Women’s National Team 2016 Summer Schedule and Coaching Staff Announced

TORONTO, ON (April 27, 2016) – With 100 days to Rio, Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the women’s national team’s summer 2016 staff and schedule, which includes hosting China at the Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC) from July 9th-11th at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, AB.

“After a historic 2015 for our team, we’re excited to get back to work and prepare for the ultimate goal – representing Canada on the Olympic stage in 100 days,” said Lisa Thomaidis, head coach, women’s national team. “The EGIC will be a great opportunity to tune-up prior to the Olympics and play on home soil in front of the fans and the city that have supported us on our road to Rio.”

The 2015 back-to-back gold medalist will reunite in Edmonton on May 21st for the first phase of training before travelling to Spain and France for exhibition games. The team will re-group on June 28th in Edmonton for the second phase of training, including the three-game series vs. China.

Ticket information for the EGIC will be announced in the coming weeks.  China, currently ranked 8th in the world, will take part in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in June for one last chance to qualify for the Games.

The final phase of Team Canada training will begin July 22 in Toronto, ON. The team will then head to the U.S. for an exhibition tournament before journeying to Rio De Janeiro for the Olympic Games from August 5 -22.

The women’s national team will be led by head coach, Lisa Thomaidis (University of Saskatchewan), along with assistant coaches Bev Smith, Shawnee Harle and Steve Baur. The coaches will be supported by 11 staff covering performance analysis, sport medicine and team management roles.

A full schedule and staff list below. Camp invitees and team roster will be announced in the coming weeks.


May 21-30 Tryouts and training Saville Centre, Edmonton
June 1-9 Training & Exhibition Spain & France
June 26-July 8 Training 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 22-26TrainingTBC, TorontoJuly 27-31ExhibitionTBC, USAAugust 5-21Olympic GamesRio De Janeiro, Brazil



Lisa Thomaidis Dundas, ON University of Saskatchewan Head Coach
Bev Smith Eugene, OR n/a Assistant Coach
Shawnee Harle Calgary, AB 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

Schedule and staffing subject to change.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

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Drew Ebanks

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