TORONTO, Ont. (August 23, 2018) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the invites for training camp ahead of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018.

For a full list of athletes, coaches and team schedule, click here. Or see below

Head Coach Lisa Thomaidis (University of Saskatchewan) will lead Canada and be joined by assistants Steve Baur (Canada Basketball) and Carly Clarke (Ryerson University).

“This is an exciting time for our women’s national team,” said Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.  “We are looking forward to starting training camp with the deepest talent pool we’ve had in recent memory.”

“With many of our athletes playing in the best leagues in the world, we are excited to get everyone together to prepare to represent Canada with pride and passion at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup,” Thomaidis said.

Currently ranked a program-high 5th in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE, Canada qualified for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 last summer after winning their second consecutive FIBA Women’s AmeriCup title.

The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup is the biggest international women’s basketball competition with 18th edition of the event taking place in Spain from September 22-30, 2018 in San Cristobal de la Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Following training camp, Canada will travel to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut for a two-game exhibition series against Japan (Sept. 7) and USA (Sept. 8).  Before arriving in Tenerife, Canada will face France, USA and Senegal in a four-team tournament in Antibes, France (Sept. 15-17).

“We have a great exhibition schedule lined up leading into the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and look forward to the team coming together and competing against the best teams in the world,” said Denise Dignard, Director Women’s High Performance.

Canada is in Group A for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 and will face Greece (Sept. 22), Korea (Sept. 23) and France (Sept. 25) in the Group Phase. Click here for the competition schedule.

Media interested in attending training camp can contact Matt Walker ( Practices will take place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Thursday, August 30
12:30 PM – Gym Opens
1:00 PM – Availability

Saturday, September 1
12:30 PM – Gym Opens
1:00 PM – Availability

Tuesday, September 4
12:30 PM – Gym Opens
1:00 PM – Availability


Name Position Height Hometown  Club / School
Natalie Achonwa Power Forward 6’3″ Guelph, ON Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Kayla Alexander Forward 6’4″ Milton, ON Indiana Fever (WNBA)
Miranda Ayim Forward 6’3″ London, ON Basket Landes (France)
Bridget Carleton Guard 6’1″ Chatham, ON Iowa State (NCAA)
Shay Colley Point Guard 5’9″ Brampton, ON Michigan State (NCAA)
Nirra Fields Guard 5’6″ Lachine, QC Energa Torun (Poland)
Kim Gaucher Shooting Guard 6’1″ Mission, BC Mondeville (France)
Ruth Hamblin Centre 6’6″ Houston, BC Castor Braine (Belgium)
Sami Hill Guard 5’10” Toronto, ON Donau-Ries (Germany)
Miah-Marie Langlois Point Guard 5’8″ Windsor, ON Novosibirsk Dynamo (Russia)
Kia Nurse Guard 6’0″ Hamilton, ON New York Liberty (WNBA)
Katherine Plouffe Forward 6’3″ Edmonton, AB Bourges (France)
Michelle Plouffe Forward 6’4″ Edmonton, AB Lyon (France)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Forward 6’2″ Toronto, ON Bourges (France)
Jamie Scott Guard 5’10” Clarkston, WA Bendigo Spirit (Australia)


Name Position Hometown Affiliation
Lisa Thomaidis Head Coach Dundas, ON University of Saskatchewan
Steve Baur Assistant Coach Wolfville, NS Canada Basketball
Carly Clarke Assistant Coach Halifax, NS Ryerson University
Max Hirst Coordinator, Performance Analysis Collingwood, ON Canada Basketball
Lauren Buschmann Sports Scientist & IST Manager St. Catharines, ON Canada Basketball/CSI-Ontario
Rhonda Shishkin Physiotherapist Saskatoon, SK University of Saskatchewan
Danielle Dobney Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON N/A
Bryce Tully Mental Performance Coach Halifax, NS CSC-Atlantic
Marni Wesner Lead Physician Edmonton, AB University of Alberta
Jessica Curran Physician Ottawa, ON N/A
Elaine Sun Manager, Basketball Operations Thornhill, ON Canada Basketball
Anne Marie Thuss Team Manager Hamilton, ON McMaster University
Denise Dignard Director, WHP Port Cartier, QC Canada Basketball
Mike MacKay Performance Manager, WHP Truro, NS Canada Basketball
Matt Walker Communications Manager Ancaster, ON Canada Basketball


August 30-September 5 Training Camp

Ryerson University (Mattamy Athletic Centre)

Toronto, ON

September 7 Canada vs. Japan

Webster Bank Arena

Bridgeport, Connecticut

September 8 Canada vs. USA
September 15 Canada vs. USA

Antibes, France

September 16 Canada vs. France
September 17 Canada vs. Senegal
September 22 Canada vs. Greece

FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018

Tenerife, Spain

September 23 Canada vs. Korea
September 25 Canada vs. France
September 26 Quarter-Final Qualifications
September 28 Quarter-Finals
September 29 Semi-Finals
September 30 Finals


Courtesy Canada Basketball

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