Canada Basketball has released the names of the 24 athletes that have been invited to participate in the Women’s National Team Phase 1 camp at the Saville Community Centre in Edmonton, from May 21st-30th.  This will include Winnipeg's Emily Potter who is back with the program after a solid season in Utah with the NCAA D1 Utes.  

“After a tremendous 2015, we’re excited to get the 2016 senior season started as we prepare for our second-consecutive Olympic games,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance. “Our players have all had great seasons with their respective clubs or schools and have been looking forward to 2016.”

The 2015 back-to-back gold medalist will reunite in Edmonton on May 21st for the first phase of training before a squad will be nominated to travel to Spain and France for a five-game exhibition tour. Canada, currently 9th in FIBA World Rankings, will face-off against 2nd-ranked Australia, 3rd-ranked Spain, 4th-ranked France, 8th-ranked China and 13th-ranked Cuba.

Canada will re-group on June 28th in Edmonton for the second phase of training, where they will host China for the Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC) from July 9th-11th at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, AB. Tickets are now available, click here to purchase.

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

The full list of invitees, staff and schedule for Phase 1 follows:

Natalie AchonwaPower Forward6’3”Guelph, ONIndiana Fever (WNBA)
Miranda AyimPower Forward6’3”London, ON Basket Landes (France)
Adut Bulgak Centre6’4”Edmonton, ABNew York Liberty (WNBA)
Bridget Carleton     Guard6’1Chatham, ONIowa State (NCAA)
Shay ColleyGuard5’7”Brampton, ONPittsburgh (NCAA)
Laura DallyGuard5’9”Sarnia, ON    Saskatchewan (CIS)
Quinn Dornstauder Centre6’4”Regina, SK    Arizona State (NCAA)
Nirra Fields                Guard 5’6”Montreal, QCPhoenix Mercury (WNBA)
Kim GaucherGuard  6’1”    Mission, BCMondeville (France)
Saicha Grant-AllenForward6’4”Hamilton, ONDayton (NCAA)
Ruth Hamblin           Centre6’6”Houston, BCDallas Wings (WNBA)
Miah-Marie Langlois         Point Guard5’8”    Windsor, ONDynamo-Guvd Novosibirsk (Russia)
Lizanne Murphy       Small Forward6’1”Beaconsfield, QCAngers (France)
Kia Nurse                  Point Guard6’0”    Hamilton, ONUConn (NCAA)
Katherine Plouffe    Small Forward6’3”Edmonton, ABNantes Reze (France)
Michelle PlouffeSmall Forward6’3”Edmonton, ABMondeville (France)
Emily Potter  Centre6’4”Winnipeg, MBUtah (NCAA)
Nayo Raincock-EkunweForward6’2”    Vernon, BCWasserburg (Germany)
Karly Roser   Guard  5’10”  Hamilton, ONNeuss (Germany)
Tamara TathamSmall Forward6’1”Brampton, ONTownville Fire (Australia)
Shona Thorburn       Point Guard5’10”  Hamilton, ONNantes Reze (France)
Jamie Weisner         Guard5’9”Clarkston, WAConnecticut Sun (WNBA)
Korissa Williams        Guard 5’8”Windsor, ONDunkerque (France Div. 2)
Dakota Whyte         Guard  5’9”Ajax, ON       Wisconsin (NCAA)


  • May 21-30 Phase 1 camp Saville Centre, Edmonton
  • June 1-9         Training & Exhibition

Spain Tournament

  • Saturday, June 4 vs Spain
  • Sunday, June 5 vs Cuba

France Tournament

  • Tuesday, June 7vs. France
  • Wednesday, June 8 vs. Australia
  • Thursday, June 9 vs. China
  • Spain & France

June 26-July 8 Phase 2 camp 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 22-26 Phase 3 Training TBC, Toronto
July 27-31 Phase 3 Exhibition TBC, USA
August 5-21 Olympic Games Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Schedule, staffing and athletes subject to change. 


2016 marks the 2nd Edmonton Grads International Classic (EGIC), an event highlighting the relationship between Canada Basketball’s Women's National Team and the City of Edmonton. The tournament will take place from July 9-11th at the Saville Community Sports Centre.  

Named after the legendary Edmonton grads women's basketball team - a team which swept four consecutive Olympic Games from 1924 to 1936 on their way to compiling an insurmountable 96.2 winning-percentage over 35 years – the EGIC will reconnect current players with Canada's rich history in women's basketball. For more information visit or click here to purchase tickets.

Lisa ThomaidisDundas, ONUniversity of SaskatchewanHead Coach
Shawnee HarleCalgary, ABn/aAssistant Coach
Bev SmithEugene, ORn/aAssistant Coach
Steve BaurSackville, NSCanada BasketballAssistant Coach
Dipesh MistryMarkham, ONRyerson UniversityPerformance Analyst
Joan MlynarczykToronto, ONn/aSW Physiotherapist & Therapy Lead
Danielle DobneyToronto, ONMcGill UniversityAthletic Therapist
Chris DalCinToronto, ONn/aBasketball Scientist
Sarah KimToronto, ONn/aLead Physician
Marni WesnerEdmonton, ABUniversity of AlbertaEdmonton Lead Physician
Peter JensenToronto, ONn/aSport Psychologist
Susan CockleEdmonton, ABn/aSport Psychologist
Anne Marie ThussHamilton, ONMcMaster UniversityTeam Manager
Elaine SunThornhill, ONCanada BasketballTeam Manager
Mikaela BerzaMississauga, ONRyerson UniversityTeam Manager

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