Canada Basketball Announces roster for Senior Women Invitational Tryout

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ABBOTSFORD,BC– The Senior Women’s National Team (SWNT) will begin their preparation for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship for Women with the first phase of their summer-long schedule on May 16 at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

This summer’s FIBA Americas Championship for Women will act as an Olympic qualifying tournament, where the winner will earn a berth to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. Those nations that finish between second and fourth place will compete at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifier Championship and have a chance to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The FIBA World Qualifying Tournament is set for June 25 – July 1, 2012, the host is still to be determined. 

This marks the second straight year that the Senior Women’s program will train at the University of the Fraser Valley. Last summer, the team played two domestic games at the campus in Abbotsford, defeating both Sweden and Chile in preparation for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women in Czech Republic. 
         
From there, a squad will be identified and will head across the Atlantic to train and compete in exhibition games in Europe from May 27 – June 12. The second phase of training for the Senior Women’s Program will return to the University of the Fraser Valley and will begin on July 26, which includes a tour of games in Asia. The third and final phase of training camp will conclude in September, where the team will be selected and depart for Colombia. 

The list of athletes attending the tryout by invitation camp includes a core group of nine athletes who participated in the 2010 FIBA World Championships last summer, including team captain Teresa Gabriele (Mission, BC), and long time National Team members Kim Smith (Mission, BC), Chelsea Aubry (Kitchener, ON) and Courtnay Pilypaitis (Ottawa, ON). Three members of last year’s team will not be present this summer. Kaela Chapdelaine (Abbotsford, BC) and Jordan Adams (Overton, NV) have both retired; while Natalie Achonwa (Guelph, ON) will be spending the summer at Notre Dame University taking summer courses and training.

Attached is the SWNT tryout by invitation camp and overall 2011 schedules for the remainder of the summer as well as a complete list of team staff and invited athletes who are taking part in the tryout by invitation camp.

For more information, please contact: 

Denise Dignard
Manager, Women’s Elite Performance
Canada Basketball
Phone:  (416) 614-8037 x 204
e-mail:  ddignard@basketball.ca

Mike Dahiroc
Coordinator, Marketing and Communications 
Canada Basketball
Phone:  (416) 614-8037 x 217
e-mail:  cbmarketing2@basketball.ca


2011 SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM – ATHLETES INVITED TO TRYOUT BY INVITATION CAMP

Name

Position

Height

Hometown

School/Club

Teresa Gabriele

Guard

5’5″

Mission, BC

Training in Canada

Kadie Riverin

Guard

5’8″

Ottawa, ON

Training in Canada

Lizanne Murphy

Forward

6’1″

Beaconsfield, QC

Energa Torun (Poland)

Kim Smith

Forward

6’1″

Mission, BC

EBE Ibiza (Spain)

Tamara Tatham

Forward

6’1″

Brampton, ON

Halles Lions (Germany)

Alisha Tatham

Guard

5’11”

Brampton, ON

Point Chaud (Belgium)

Janelle Bekkering

Guard/Forward

6’0″

Taber, AB

Gonzaga University (NCAA)

Chelsea Aubry

Forward

6’2″

Kitchener, ON

Bendigo Spirit (Australia)

Krista Phillips

Forward

6’6″

Saskatoon, SK

Burgos (Spain)

Courtnay Pilypaitis

Guard

6’1″

Orleans, ON

VICI Kaunas (Lithuania)

Leanne Evans

Forward

6’2″

Port Moody, BC

Townsville (Australia)

Kendel Ross

Forward

6’1″

Sarnia, ON

GDESSA (Portugal)

Megan Pinske

Guard

5’9″

Coquitlam, BC

Western Washington University (NCAA)

Kelsey Hodgson

Guard

5’9″

Sydney, NS

Samorin (Slovakia)

Shona Thorburn

Guard

5’10”

Hamilton, ON

EBE Ibiza (Spain)

Kalisha Keane

Forward

6’1″

Ajax, ON

Michigan State University (NCAA)

Diana Lee

Guard

5’7″

Vancouver, BC

Boise State University (NCAA)

Michele Plouffe

Forward

6’3″

Edmonton, AB

University of Utah (NCAA)

Katherine Plouffe

Guard

6’3″

Edmonton, AB

Marquette University (NCAA)

Stephany Skrba

Forward

6’2″

Toronto, ON

Aris (Greece

 2010 SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM – TRYOUT BY INVITATION CAMP STAFF

Name

Position

Allison McNeill

Head Coach

Lisa Thomaidis

Assistant Coach

Mike McNeill

Assistant Coach

Fabian McKenzie

Video Coach/Assistant Coach

Joan Mlynarczyk

Head Physiotherapist

Marcel Charland

Therapist

Livia Munro

Team Manager

 

2010 SENIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM – TRYOUT BY INVITATION CAMP SCHEDULE

Date

Activity

Location

May 16 – 23

Tryout by Invitation Camp

University of the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, BC)

May 25 – June 12

Exhibition Games/Training Camp

Spain/France

July 26 – 31

Training Camp

University of the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, BC)

August 2 – 16

Exhibition Games

Japan/China

September 10 – 15

Training Camp

Toronto

September 17 – 20

Training Camp/Exhibition Games

San Juan, Puerto Rico

September 24 – October 1

FIBA Americas Championship for Women

Neiva, Colombia

PHASE 1 – DAILY SCHEDULE (UFV, Abbotsford, BC)

Monday May 16      

9-11:30 am                Testing/Training 

5:30-7:30 pm             Training 

Tuesday May 17    

9-11:30 am                Training 

Wednesday May 18 

9-11:30 am                Training 

5:30-7:30 pm            Training 

Thursday May 19  

5:30-7:30 pm             Training 

Friday May 20         

9-11:30 am                Testing/Training 

5:30-7:30 pm             Training 

Saturday May 21    

9-11:30 am                Training 

Sunday May 22

9-11:30 am                Training 

5:30-7:30 pm            Training 

Monday May 23      

9-11:30 am                Training 

 

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