The Saint Boniface University Les Rouge have announced another commitment to their new basketball program that is planning to begin in the fall of 2021.   Catherine Marquez of Oak Park High School has been added to the women's basketball roster plans for next year.

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Bienvenue aux Rouges Catherine Marquez! Catherine provient de l'école secondaire Oak Park où elle fut membre des équipes des Raiders qui ont remportés de nombreux championnats provinciaux AAAA. Catherine a aussi plusieurs années d'expérience avec le club Manitoba Magic et aussi avec l'équipe provinciale de Basketball Manitoba.

'Catherine nous amène une vaste experience au basket. Elle a eu l'occasion de jouer dans plusieurs matchs importants, sont expérience sera sans doute valable sur une équipe qui se lance en compétition MCAC en 2021. Elle est talentueuse et rapide, elle est bien équipée pour le style de jeu que nous prévoyons pour l'équipe.' -Eric Lemoine


Joe Di Curzio and the CMU Women's Basketball program have announced the commitment of Lord Selkirk Regional's Annika Goodbrandson for the 2021-22 NIAC and MCAC seasons.

Able to influence a game on both ends of the court, Goodbrandson is apt to use her height and athleticism to her advantage. "Annika's height, agility and intelligence make her an extremely tough defender," said Goodbrandson's high school coach, Sue Gilmour. "We would often match her up against our opponent's best player as we knew that Annika would shut them down. She is a strong offensive contributor as well."

Used in a variety of roles on the court with the Royals, the 5'9" Goodbrandson helped her 'AAAA' high school to a tournament win in Winkler, a third-place finish at the Tri-Prov tournament in Edmonton and a place in the KPAC semifinals. A varsity team starter since Grade 10, Goodbrandson was recognized as Athlete of the Year in 2017, received the Sportsmanship Award in 2018 and was even featured on CTV's Sports Star of the Week in 2019.

"Annika is one of the most versatile players I have seen in our program over the years," added Gilmour. "She can handle the ball in a guard position, shoot consistently and drive from the outside as a wing. She is a threat from the outside, shooting a consistent 3-ball as well as her strong ability to penetrate the paint and finish with a lay-up or pull up and sink a jump shot."

As a member of Team Manitoba in 2019, Goodbrandson helped her home province to a bronze-medal performance at the Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Goodbrandson has developed her skills in the club circuit with the Winnipeg Wolves since 2016. Her successes in club basketball include a 2017 Provincial Championship, a Peg City League Championship in 2018, attending the National Championships in Langley, BC that same year and a Tier 2 Championship in the Peg City League in 2019.

"Annika is one of the top graduating players in the province this year," said head coach Joe Di Curzio. "She has excellent skills and size that allows her to play any position and offensively, she can really attack the basket and finish. She has great length, quickness, anticipation and a high basketball-IQ and that will really help her be a terrific defensive player for us too."

The Blazers are excited to welcome the return of a varsity women's basketball program to Université de St-Boniface for the 2021-22 season. The MCAC has not seen a basketball program in either genders at the Winnipeg-based francophone university in almost two decades and the addition of another local program provides yet another opportunity for sport-excellence through the MCAC. CMU will continue to compete in both the MCAC and across the international border in the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2021-22 season in the sport of basketball.


TORONTO, ON (February 1, 2021) – Throughout the month of March, Canada Basketball will be hosting, Women in Basketball Month, a webinar series that celebrates and empowers women across all aspects of our game.

Featuring over 20 hours of programming, participants will learn from female basketball leaders from across Canada and around the world including, members of the Senior Women’s National Team, alumni, coaches and FIBA certified officials.

The event will tip off on International Women’s Day on March 8 and run through April 1, 2021. 

The four-week series will feature a variety of programming, including: workshops, panel discussions, fireside chats and professional development opportunities.  Women in Basketball Month will provide women involved in our game the opportunity to grow their knowledge, build their skillsets and empower them to make a difference. Each week will focus on different aspect of the game including playing, coaching, officiating and development.

  • March 8-14 – Grow Our Game
  • March 15-21 – Coach Our Game
  • March 22-28 – Ref Our Game
  • March 29 - Apr 1 – Play Our Game

In collaboration with Canadian Women and Sport, Canada Basketball will also be offering professional development workshops on a variety of topics throughout the month, including: LGBTQ+ inclusivity, work-life balance, effective communication and leadership.

A detailed schedule and lineup of keynote speakers will be announced over the next few weeks.

Attendees can gain access to all 12 sessions hosted by Canada Basketball over the course of the month for just $25, while each individual Canadian Women and Sport workshops can be purchased separately for $15 each.  

Alternatively, interested participants can secure access to all sessions and workshops throughout the month through a premium package for $65.00, a $20 savings.

Proceeds from the Women in Basketball Month will be donated directly to the Canada Basketball Foundation (CBF), which will see the funds reinvested in developing gender equity programs, focused to keep girls and women involved in the game of basketball.

To purchase your ticket or learn more information about Women in Basketball month, please visit:

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)‍

Grow Our Game

  • March 8: The Tip Off: Celebrating Our Game
  • March 10: SHE LEADS! The Journey: A Conversation with BIPOC Women in Basketball
  • March 12: Women in Business of Basketball
  • March 13: Workshop: LGBTQI2S Inclusion in Sport*‍

Coach Our Game‍

  • March 15: SHE COACHES! Set Yourself Up for Success
  • March 18: Workshop: Creating Work-life Balance*
  • March 19: Coaching with the Boys
  • March 20: Professional Development: Session 1 – On-Court Hot Stove with National Team Coaches AND Session 2 – Building a Winning Mentality

‍Ref Our Game‍

  • March 22: SHE REFS! Making the Right Call - Opportunities for Female Referee in Basketball
  • March 23: Workshop: Effective Communication*
  • March 24: Breaking Barriers & Building New Paths for Female Officials - Addressing Barriers to Women in Officiating
  • March 25: PD Session: Protect the Shooter
  • March 27: NOCP 1 Workshop 

‍Play Our Game

  • March 29: Workshop: Leading with Confidence*
  • March 30: SHE PLAYS! Passing the Torch: Continuing to Give Back to your Basketball Community
  • April 1: Building your Mindfulness Practice

* Hosted by Canadian Women and Sport


The annual Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series is designed to empower and inspire women to become leaders in sport, community and life. It’s a professional development opportunity designed for coaches, administrators, community leaders, and volunteers of all genders, from all sports, from across Manitoba.


Female Leaders in Sport and Business

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

7 p.m.

The event link will be emailed to registered participants. You also have the opportunity to join us after the event for a Zoom network/debrief. 


Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 it will be a FREE five-part online series that brings together inspirational leaders from all areas of sport to tell their personal and professional stories, offer valuable advice and guidance, and share practical tips that participants can use on and off the field of play. Hosted by media personality Leah Hextall, participants will be able to build their networks and knowledge bases through a variety of interviews and presentations so they can empower and encourage the girls they work with to stay active and involved in sport.

Sport Manitoba in partnership with Bison Transport, aspire to increase female engagement in sport by providing an informative, inclusive, and inspirational experience.

Please note that registration is required for each session.


Under the new Manitoba Public Health orders that take effect on Friday, February 12, 2021, that permits indoor "one on one player and coach training to a maximum of 25% capacity of a gymnasium", Basketball Manitoba will permit the following changes to indoor basketball training in all health regions of Manitoba.  All other forms of basketball (group training, team practices, games, tournaments, championships, etc) remains paused under the Red / Critical Health restrictions.  

As part of today's announcement, Basketball Manitoba also, unfortunately, announces the formal cancellation of the 2021 Basketball Manitoba Junior High Basketball Championships that were scheduled for March 22-25, 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic and the impact it has had on the middle school / junior high levels of basketball this season.


Effective Friday, February 12, 2021, individual basketball training that involves NO MORE than ONE (1) COACH and ONE (1) PLAYER at ONE (1) MOUNTED BASKETBALL HOOP will now be permitted. 

  • 6 mounted basketball hoops in a gym can see a maximum of 12 people can be present in the space with no more than 1 coach and 1 player per hoop. 
  • 4 mounted basketball hoops in a gym can see a maximum of 8 people can be present in the space with no more than 1 coach and 1 player per hoop. 
  • 2 mounted basketball hoops in a gym can see a maximum of 4 people can be present in the space with no more than 1 coach and 1 player per hoop.  

Other Restrictions & Notes...

  • Any group training that exceeds the above numbers in a facility will not be permitted. 
  • Athletes are to wear masks in the facility when not training but can remove them while training. 
  • Coaches are to remain masked at all times. 
  • All equipment and hands are to be properly sanitized before and after all training sessions.
  • Equipment including the basketball can be shared by the coach and player during training. 
  • Social distancing (2m) is maintained at all times between the coach and player. 
  • Spectators are limited to no more than one person accompanying the athlete at a time and are to be masked and remain socially distanced from others at all times. 
  • Contact information must be kept by the coach of any athlete they are to work with and may be requested by the facility prior to attending the training session for contact tracing purposes.  
  • Access to washrooms or change rooms may still be limited based on each facility.
  • There is no timeline on the length of the training session but should be scheduled at a reasonable time especially if working with an athlete that has been inactive for some time.
  • The "player" is the one training and the "coach" is the one leading the training and must remain with each other throughout the training session at the same hoop.  
  • Two players cannot enter a facility calling one a coach and one a player.  
  • A player must have a coach with them while training at a hoop at all times.  
  • A coach cannot stand at centre court with 2 or more players at their own hoop training.  The coach must be assigned to only one player at all times and work with them only.  
  • A coach must remain with their player at all times and cannot move to other players (if there are) in the gym.  
  • A coach must be a person with some coaching history recognized by Basketball Manitoba.   
  • The full Basketball Manitoba Return to Play Guidelines with the above exceptions remain in place can be found HERE.  

The portion of the new Manitoba Public Health order that applies to these changes states...

(C.C.S.M. c. P210)
Orders under The Public Health Act

13(2) The indoor sporting and recreational facilities set out in subsection (1) may open for the sole purpose of providing individual instruction if:
  • (a) each person receiving instruction is accompanied by an instructor who is solely responsible for providing instruction to that person;
  • (b) the total number of instructors and persons receiving instruction in any area of the facility does not exceed 25% of the usual capacity of that area; and
  • (c) no more than one person for each person receiving instruction is permitted to enter the facility to observe the instruction. Source
The full announcement made by the Province can be found HERE.  

Please note that the Basketball Manitoba Insurance Program remains paused for any accident claims by its members and only currently carries general liability coverage.  Only participants who are registered members in the 2020-21 membership year are covered under this liability coverage.  All others will participate at their own risk.  

These changes will go into effect on Friday, February 12, 2021, and will remain in place for at least 3 weeks to be renewed or changed on Friday, March 5, 2021.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: MARCH 26, 2021 AT 4:00 PM: Basketball Manitoba in partnership with Sport Manitoba, Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, University of Manitoba, Balling for the Cure organization, Morris Glimcher, Lena Wenke and the family and friends of Alex Samaniego are pleased to offer players and coaches in Manitoba the opportunity to apply for $6,300 in available grants, scholarships and donations.  The deadline to apply for all these opportunities is Friday, March 26, 2021.

A commemorative "High School Basketball Grad" t-shirt and hoodie are now available to order online.  Basketball Manitoba proceeds from the sale of these items will go towards supporting the below Basketball Manitoba Awards scholarships being presented in April 2021.  

Due to the ongoing global pandemic and there being no 2020-21 high school basketball season in Manitoba, the traditional in-person Basketball Manitoba Awards normally hosted in mid-April will not physically take place.  There will be no in-person awards presented and no "Players of the Year", "Coaches of the Year", "All-Manitoba Teams" and other similar awards normally presented at the BMA's.  However, the following Major Awards and Scholarship opportunities are available as part of a modified Basketball Manitoba Awards with recipients announced on Saturday, April 17, 2021, the original date of the in-person event.  

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (P = Players; C = Coaches; M = Managers)
Due to the fact there was no 2020-21 high school basketball season, any applications made to the below opportunities can include basketball achievements reached in previous seasons.  

* Application requires a current copy of your high school transcript 
** Application requires a letter of support from your basketball coach
*** Application requires the endorsement of two other coaches in the basketball community  

  • P - Carl Ridd Award - 2 x $500.00 Scholarships * / **
    • Recognizes a Grade 12 basketball player who excels on the court, classroom and in the community.
  • P - Ron Meyers Leadership Award - 2 x $500.00 Scholarships * / **
      • Recognizes a Grade 12 basketball player who excels in the community, on the court and classroom.
    • P - Donovan Gayle Scholarship - 2 x $500.00 Scholarships **
      • Recognizing a Grade 12 basketball player who best meets the qualities of perseverance, determination and resilience that Donovan set as a leader in our community. 
    • P - Alex Samaniego Memorial Scholarship - 2 x $500.00 Scholarships (NEW) **
      • Recognizes a Grade 12 basketball player who exudes a passion, commitment and a positive attitude towards the sport of basketball.  
    • P - Lena Wenke Courage Award - 1 x $500.00 donation to the recipient's charity of choice **
      • Recognizes a Grade 12 basketball player who has faced and overcome obstacles or challenges in their life while staying involved in the sport of basketball.
    • C - Jim Bulloch Coaching Award - 1 x $800.00 Scholarship ***
      • Recognizes a newer Manitoba basketball coach with little experience and strong potential as a long-term leader in our sport.  
    • M - Morris Glimcher Student Manager Scholarship - 1 x $1000.00 Scholarship **
      • Recognizes a grade 12 student in Manitoba in the role of a "Varsity Basketball Team Student Manager".
    2021 TOTAL AVAILABLE = $6,300.00

    Additional scholarships offered by Sport Manitoba can be found at

    Basketball Manitoba's Jillian Kehler has informed the association that she will be leaving her Program Coordinator position effective February 26, 2021, as she is pursuing a new non-sport career opportunity.  Jillian joined Basketball Manitoba in the fall of 2017 after interning with the organization through the University of Manitoba Recreation Management program.  

    Jillian has played an instrumental part in managing much of Basketball Manitoba's youth programming over this period including seeing tremendous growth in the Todd Mac Hoops School and Jr. NBA programs along with managing the Junior Officials Development Program, Targeted Athlete Program and Manitoba Provincial Team Programs among many others programs and events.

    Jillian commented, "Through my 3.5 years as the Program Coordinator with Basketball Manitoba I have learnt a lot and met so many different people through the game of basketball. To say this time to me was priceless would be an understatement as I have grown both professionally and personally during my time with the organization." 

    She added, "Though I am stepping away as program coordinator I will not be far. I plan to be involved in the game as much as possible whether that be through my work with the Jr. NBA, as an official, coach, and player. I would like to thank the board and staff, especially Adam and Ross Wedlake who have and continue to give everything they have to make the sport what is in our province, Basketball would not be where it is as a PSO in this province without the Wedlake’s and I am fortunate enough to have learned from some pretty great mentors. I hope to see everyone on the court as soon as it is safe to do so!"

    She will be staying on as the Jr NBA ambassador representative from Manitoba with Canada Basketball.  Inquiries to her on the Jr NBA can be made to  

    Jillian's hard work, great demeanour and passion for the game will be greatly missed.  Basketball Manitoba, its Board of Directors, colleagues in the office and the basketball community as a whole wish Jillian nothing but the best with her new opportunities!

    The position of Basketball Manitoba Program Coordinator will be publicly released on the Basketball Manitoba website and social media in the near future.  To be notified of when the job posting goes live, SUBSCRIBE to our weekly email newsletter. 


    VANCOUVER – A member of the Canadian national team straight of high school, Martin Riley (MBHOF Class of '96) is a Manitoba basketball legend.

    The Sisler High School product joined the University of Manitoba Bisons in the fall of 1973, setting in motion five years that included the school’s first men’s basketball national title.

    He was named Tuesday as the latest inductee in the Canada West Hall of Fame, as the conference continues to rollout the 2020-21 class.


    Riley was a three-time All-Canadian for the Bisons during his standout career, which included CIAU Player of the Year honours in 1975-76.

    It was that season Manitoba claimed the national title with an 82-69 win over Saint Mary’s in the national final.

    Internationally, Riley was a member of the 1976 Olympic team in Montreal, part of two world championship teams, a pair of Pan American Games squads, and played at two World University Games.

    To learn more about the Canada West Hall of Fame and to see a full list of past inductees, visit