TORONTO, ON (May 31, 2016) - Twelve athletes were selected from the first phase 
of women’s national team training camp to travel to Europe for a five-day tournament in France and Spain in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games including Winnipeg's Emily Potter.

“We’re going to play some teams that are top-ranked in the world and who are peaking to make the Olympics, so it will be a great learning experience,” said Lisa Thomaidis, head coach, women’s national team. “This tournament will give us an understanding of where we’re at – a benchmark, and then stuff to build upon.”

Bridget Carleton (Iowa State), Laura Dally (University of Saskatchewan) and Emily Potter (University of Utah) join 9 members of the 2015 gold medal squad and will travel with the senior team for the first time. Carleton played on the 2015 U19 team and Dally on the 2015 development team. Potter played with the development team in 2014.

“We’re pleased with Bridget, Laura and Emily’s progress and to provide them with the opportunity to compete at a high level of international basketball will only continue their development,” said Denise Dignard, director, women’s high performance. “It’s key for us to foster our pipeline of athletes and continue to build the next generation of talent in Canada.”

The five-game tournament tips-off Saturday, June 4th against 3rd-ranked Spain. Canada, currently 9th in FIBA World Rankings
, will then face-off against 13th-ranked Cuba, 4th-ranked France, 2nd-ranked Australia and 8th-ranked China.

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. Tickets are now available, click here
 to purchase.

The final phase of training will begin July 22 in Toronto, ON, where the final Olympic roster will be confirmed. 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 -21.

The full European Exhibition staff list, roster and schedule follows. Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter
 for game streaming details and live game coverage.


Miranda AyimPower Forward6’3”London, ON Basket Landes (France)
Bridget Carleton     Guard           6’1Chatham, ONIowa State (NCAA)
Laura DallyGuard           6’0”Sarnia, ON    Saskatchewan (CIS)
Kim GaucherShooting Guard           6’1”    Mission, BCMondeville (France)
Miah-Marie Langlois         Point Guard5’8”    Windsor, ONDynamo-Guvd Novosibirsk (Russia)
Lizanne Murphy       Small Forward6’1”Beaconsfield, QCAngers (France)
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”    Penticton, BCWasserburg (Germany)
Tamara TathamSmall Forward6’1”Brampton, ONTownville Fire (Australia)
Shona Thorburn       Point Guard5’10”  Hamilton, ONNantes Reze (France)


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

June 1-9
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 8Phase 2 campSaville 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 22-26Phase 3 TrainingTBC, Toronto
July 27-31Phase 3 ExhibitionTBC, USA
August 5-21Olympic GamesRio 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.

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