(December 8, 2016) – 71 athletes from across the country have been invited to participate in the Women’s National Age-Group Assessment Camps at Humber College (Toronto, ON) and Saville Community Sports Centre (Edmonton, AB) from December 15th – 19th.

“We look forward to assessing progress of returnees and welcoming new nationally identified athletes into our camp and see them compete and provide direction on their individual performance plans,” said Denise Dignard, Director of Women’s High Performance.  “We are excited to gather national and provincial coaches, technical leaders and mentors from across the country, all of whom are committed to the long-term development of athletes in our Podium Pathway.”

The objective of the camp is to provide a national training environment with international focus to top identified athletes born in 1998 and later. At the camp, national team coaches, sports scientists and technical staff will identify athletes who will be invited to the next stage of the 2017 age-group programs.

Athletes born 1998 or later will be assessed for their participation in the U19 team, competing at the 2017 U19 FIBA World Championships for Women in Udine and Cividale del Friuli, Italy from July 22nd-30th. Last summer, the team garnered a Silver medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Chile, qualifying them for Worlds.

Athletes born 2001 or later will be assessed for participation in the U16 team, which will compete this summer at the 2017 U16 FIBA Americas Championships for Women. Last summer, the team placed 7th at the U17 FIBA World Championships for Women, held in Zaragoza, Spain.

Canada is currently ranked 4th overall in the FIBA women’s age-group rankings.

A full list of athletes, coaches and staff invited to the assessment camp is below. For media inquiries please contact bwilliams@basketball.ca.

2016 December Age Group Assessment Camp Invitees—West Camp:

Name YOB Hometown  School
Carly Ahlstrom 2000  Calgary, AB Centennial HS
Georgia Alexander 2000 Victoria, BC Oak Bay HS
Lauren Bartlett 2001 Winnipeg, MB Oak Park HS
Niyah Becker 2000 Winnipeg, MB Vincent Massey Collegiate
Claire Cossarini 2000 Calgary, AB Western Canada HS
Macaela Crone 1999 Moose Jaw, SK Peacock Collegiate
Sophie de Goede 1999 Victoria, BC Oak Bay HS
Emily Dewey 1999 Oak Bluff, MB Westwood Collegiate
Kennedy Dickie 2001 Kelowna, BC Kelowna SS
Yvonne Ejim 2002 Calgary, AB St. Elizabeth Seaton
Haley Fedick 2002 Sherwood Park, AB Strathcona Christian
Louise Forsyth 1999 Langley, BC Brookswood SS
Mikayla Funk
Raizel Guinto
Winkler, MB
Winnipeg, MB
Northlands Parkway Collegiate
Sisler HS
Dana Inglis 1999 Winnipeg, MB Shaftesbury HS
Kaitlin Jockims 2001 Saskatoon, SK Centennial Collegiate
Anna Kernughan 2001 Winnipeg, MB Grant Park HS
Brynn Masikewich 2001 Calgary, AB St. Francis SS
Tanis Metcalfe 2000 North Vancouver, BC Carson Graham HS
Olivia Morgan-Cherchas 2001 Kamloops, BC South Kamloops SS
Katriana Philipenko
Tavia Rowell
Saskatoon, SK
Abbotsford, BC
Holy Cross
Walnut Grove SS
Kyla Shand 1999 Saskatoon, SK Holy Cross
Claire Signatovich 2001 Winnipeg, MB St. Mary’s Academy
Ella Stanley 2001 St. Albert, AB Paul Kane HS
Sage Stobbart 1999 North Vancouver, BC Seycove HS
Deanna Tuchscherer 2001 Chilliwack, BC GW Graham SS
Coaches and Support Staff – West 
Name Role Hometown Affiliation
Sunny Ahluwalia DW Performance Analyst Surrey, BC n/a
Susan Cockle Sport Psych Edmonton, AB n/a
Denise Dignard WHP Director Toronto, ON Canada Basketball
Danielle Dobney Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON McGill University
Shawnee Harle SWNT Assistant Coach Calgary, AB Canada Basketball
Michele Hynes WHP Pool Coach Winnipeg, MB University of Manitoba
Connor Jay Performance Analyst Saskatoon, SK University of Saskatchewan
Elyse Jobin Physiotherapist Quebec City, QC n/a
Mike MacKay Performance Manager Truro, NS Canada Basketball
Nate McKibbon WHP Pool Coach Dundas, ON Mount Royal University
Claire Meadows U19/U19 Assistant Coach Brantford, ON UBC Okanagan
Megan Pinske WHP Pool Coach Coquitlam, BC University of Saskatchewan
Dani Sinclair WHP Pool Coach Victoria, BC University of Victoria
Elaine Sun Manager Basketball Operations Thornhill, ON Canada Basketball
2016 December Age Group Assessment Camp Invitees—East Camp:
Name YOB Hometown School
Laeticia Amihere 2001 Mississauga, ON King’s Christian Collegiate
Clara Bergeron 2002 Boucherville, QC Riverains St. Jean sur Richelieu 
Brianna Breedy 2000 Ajax, ON Pickering HS
Hailey Brown 1999 Hamilton, ON TRC Academy
Kenya Cote-Lysius 2001 St. Constant, QC Lucien-Page HS
Tiarra Davis 1999 Windsor, ON Durham Elite
Savannah Day 2000 Etobicoke, ON Michael Power/St. Joseph SS
Micah Dennis 2001 Toronto, ON Northern SS
Sarah Donovan 1999 London, ON Lucas AB
Aaliyah Edwards 2002 Kingston, ON Frontenac SS
Makayla Ennis 2001 Brampton, ON TRC Academy
Taisha Exanor 1999 Saint-Laurent, QC St. Laurent 
Rachel Farwell 2000 Rothesay, NB Kennebecasis Valley High
Juliette Gauthier 1998 Blainville, QC Montmorency
Hannah Green 2001 Flat Rock, NL Holy Trinity HS
Samantha Gucciardi 1999 Vaughan, ON Bill Crothers SS
Hanna Hall 1999 Hamilton, ON Lincoln Prep
Kaillie Hall 2001 Stoney Creek, ON Lincoln Prep
Taya Hanson 2000 Kelowna, BC TRC Academy
Alyssa Jerome 1999 Toronto, ON Harbord CI
Xianna Josephs 2000 Brampton, ON TRC Academy
Justina King 2000 Scarborough, ON Bill Crothers SS
Devon Lawlor 2001 Mount Stewart, PEI Stonepark Junior HS
Myriam Leclerc 1998 St. Roche-de-Rickelieu, QC Ste. Foy CEGEP
Roxane Makolo 2000 St. Hubert, QC Dorval- Jean XXII
Rebecca Marzan Demeke      2002     Toronto, ON St. Joseph’s College
Briar McDonald 2001 Antigonish, NS Antigonish Regional HS
Christina Morra 2000 Mississauga, ON King’s Christian Collegiate
Kate Moran 2000 Waterloo, ON TRC Academy
Murielle Mpiana 2000 Brampton, ON Guelph Prep
Donna Ntambue 2001 Montreal, QC Lucien-Page HS
Kylee O’Hara 2000 Ajax, ON Durham Elite
Shaina Pellington 1999 Pickering, ON Durham Elite
Aiden Rainford 1999 Toronto, ON Lincoln Prep
Jessica Reid 2001 St. Catherine’s, ON TRC Academy
Merissah Russell 2002 Ottawa, ON Longfields-Davison Heights SS
Marin Scotten 1999 Ottawa, ON Sir Wilfred Laurier SS
Sarah Te-Biasu 2001 Montreal, QC Lucien-Page HS
Lisa Tesson 2002 Montreal, QC Lucien-Page HS
Andrea Torres 1998 Terrebonne, QC Montmorency CEGEP
Maryama Turkstra 2002 Dundas, ON Blessed Sacrament
Jayda Veinot 1998 Port Williams, NS Horton HS
Keishana Washington 2000 Pickering, ON Durham Elite
Aerial Wilson 2001 Dundas, ON TRC Academy


Coaches and Support Staff – East
Name Role Hometown Affiliation
Sabrina Albanese Student Athletic Therapist Woodbridge, ON n/a
Rob Angione TAS Coach London, ON Southwest Furfaro Academy
Steve Baur SWNT Assistant Coach/WHP Performance Analyst Sackville, NS Canada Basketball
Michelle Bell Athletic Therapist Brampton, ON Ryerson University
Mireille Béland Talent ID / Youth Council Repentigny, QC Vanier College
Fabienne Blizzard TAS Coach Ottawa, ON Algonquin College
Agnes Borg Manager Youth Player Development Toronto, ON Canada Basketball & Ontario Basketball 
Albena Branzova-Dimitrova TAS Pool Coach Montreal, QC UQAM
Carly Clarke U18/U19 Head Coach Halifax, NS Ryerson University
Nick DeAdder U18/U19 Performance Analyst Canning, NS Acadia University 
Andre Desjardins WHP Pool Coach Gloucester, ON Louis Riel SS
Denise Dignard WHP Director Toronto, ON Canada Basketball
Danielle Emmons WHP Operations Mississauga, ON Canada Basketball
Christa Eniojukan TAS Coach Ajax, ON Durham Elite
Jodi Gram WHP Pool Coach Markham, ON Bill Crothers
Adrian Huynh Student Athletic Therapist Ottawa, ON n/a
Fabian McKenzie DW Head Coach Glace Bay, NS Cape Breton University
Amanda Miles Performance Analyst Markham, ON Bill Crothers
Ryan Nguyen Performance Analyst Markham, ON n/a
Patrice Pepin Physiotherapist Quebec City, QC n/a
Hailey Roll WHP Operations Port Credit, ON n/a
Ryan Thorne U18/U19 Assistant Coach Montreal, QC McGill University
Bryce Tully Sport Psych Halifax, NS CSI – Atlantic
For more information, contact: Bailey Williams, 647.460.7976,bwilliams@basketball.ca
Courtesy Canada Basketball
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