A record number of eight Manitoba female basketball players have been invited by Canada Basketball to its upcoming Women's National Age-Group Assessment Camps in Edmonton.  They will join 63 other athletes from across the country have been invited to participate at Humber College (Toronto, ON) or the Saville Community Sports Centre (Edmonton, AB) from December 15-19.  

Athletes invited from Manitoba include (pictured above, left to right) Lauren Bartlett, Niyah Becker, Emily Dewey, Mikayla Funk, Raizel Guinto, Dana Inglis, Anna Kernaghan and Claire Signatovich.   

"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.
Michele Sung (Hynes)

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

The Manitoba athletes have been identified through the Manitoba Provincial Team, Centre for Performance and the Canada Basketball National Championships in the recent years.  Joining the athletes from Manitoba will be Michele Sung (Hynes) of the University of Manitoba.  

A full list of athletes, coaches and staff invited to the assessment camp is below.

Lauren Bartlett
Niyah Becker
Emily Dewey *
Mikayla Funk
Raizel Guinto
Dana Inglis
Anna Kernaghan
Claire Signatovich
* Emily Dewey is originally from Saskatchewan and is now living in Manitoba.  She is attending school at Westwood Collegiate in her grade 12 year and has committed to play at the University of Nebraska - Omaha for the 2017-18 season.  

2016 December Age Group Assessment Camp Invitees—West Camp:
NameYOBHometown School
Carly Ahlstrom2000 Calgary, ABCentennial HS
Georgia Alexander2000Victoria, BCOak Bay HS
Lauren Bartlett2001Winnipeg, MBOak Park HS
Niyah Becker2000Winnipeg, MBVincent Massey Collegiate
Claire Cossarini2000Calgary, ABWestern Canada HS
Macaela Crone1999Moose Jaw, SKPeacock Collegiate
Sophie de Goede1999Victoria, BCOak Bay HS
Emily Dewey1999Oak Bluff, MBWestwood Collegiate
Kennedy Dickie2001Kelowna, BCKelowna SS
Yvonne Ejim2002Calgary, ABSt. Elizabeth Seaton
Haley Fedick2002Sherwood Park, ABStrathcona Christian
Louise Forsyth1999Langley, BCBrookswood SS
Mikayla Funk
Raizel Guinto
Winkler, MB
Winnipeg, MB
Northlands Parkway Collegiate
Sisler HS
Dana Inglis1999Winnipeg, MBShaftesbury HS
Kaitlin Jockims2001Saskatoon, SKCentennial Collegiate
Anna Kernaghan2001Winnipeg, MBSturgeon Hts Collegiate
Brynn Masikewich2001Calgary, ABSt. Francis SS
Tanis Metcalfe2000North Vancouver, BCCarson Graham HS
Olivia Morgan-Cherchas2001Kamloops, BCSouth Kamloops SS
Katriana Philipenko
Tavia Rowell
Saskatoon, SK
Abbotsford, BC
Holy Cross
Walnut Grove SS
Kyla Shand1999Saskatoon, SKHoly Cross
Claire Signatovich2001Winnipeg, MBOak Park HS
Ella Stanley2001St. Albert, ABPaul Kane HS
Sage Stobbart1999North Vancouver, BCSeycove HS
Deanna Tuchscherer2001Chilliwack, BCGW Graham SS

Coaches and Support Staff – West 
Sunny AhluwaliaDW Performance AnalystSurrey, BCn/a
Susan CockleSport PsychEdmonton, ABn/a
Denise DignardWHP DirectorToronto, ONCanada Basketball
Danielle DobneyAthletic TherapistToronto, ONMcGill University
Shawnee HarleSWNT Assistant CoachCalgary, ABCanada Basketball
Michele Sung (Hynes)WHP Pool CoachWinnipeg, MBUniversity of Manitoba
Connor JayPerformance AnalystSaskatoon, SKUniversity of Saskatchewan
Elyse JobinPhysiotherapistQuebec City, QCn/a
Mike MacKayPerformance ManagerTruro, NSCanada Basketball
Nate McKibbonWHP Pool CoachDundas, ONMount Royal University
Claire MeadowsU19/U19 Assistant CoachBrantford, ONUBC Okanagan
Megan PinskeWHP Pool CoachCoquitlam, BCUniversity of Saskatchewan
Dani SinclairWHP Pool CoachVictoria, BCUniversity of Victoria
Elaine SunManager Basketball OperationsThornhill, ONCanada Basketball

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