TORONTO, ON (March 21, 2017) - 50 athletes from across the country, including Manitoba's Niyah Becker have been invited to participate in the Women's National Age-Group Assessment Camps at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (Scarborough, ON) from March 27-April 1, 2017.


"We look forward to further assessing progress of nationally identified NextGen athletes and see them compete, as well as provide direction on their individual performance plans as we prepare for this summer's U17 and U18 women's national teams," said Denise Dignard, Director of Women's High Performance.

Image result for we are team canada basketballmanitoba.ca"We are excited to gather coaches, technical leaders, mentors, performance analysts and IST staff from across the country, all of whom are committed to the long-term development of NextGen athletes in our Podium Pathway.  This is an amazing development opportunity for all involved," Dignard said.  Attending from Manitoba is the University of Manitoba's Michele Sung (Hynes) and Manitoba native Cheryl Jean-Paul who is currently coaching at Trinity Western University in British Columbia.  

The objective of the camp is to provide a national training environment with international focus to top identified athletes born in 2000 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 2018 age-group programs.

Athletes born 2000 or later will be assessed for their participation in the U18 team, competing at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship. Last summer, the team earned a bronze medal at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 in Udine and Cividale del Friuli, Italy.

Athletes born 2001 or later will be assessed for participation in the U17 team, which will compete this summer at the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup in Minsk, Belarus from July 21-29. Last summer, the team placed second at the FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship 2017, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

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

A full list of athletes, coaches and staff invited to the assessment camp is below.
2018 March Age Group Assessment Camp Invitees - Cadette
Name
YOB
Hometown
School
Clara Bergeron
2002
Boucherville, QC
E.S. Gerard-Filion
Maggie Besselink
2002
Kingston, ON
Holy Cross S.S.
Kiandra Browne
2002
Pointe-Claire, QC
E.S. St-Laurent
Sandrine Clesca
2001
St-Laurent, QC
E.S. St-Laurent
Shayeann Day-Wilson
2003
Toronto, ON
Crestwood Prep
Kennedy Dickie
2001
Kelowna, BC
Kelowna S.S.
Faith Dut
2001
Surrey, BC
Semiamhoo S.S
Aaliyah Edwards
2002
Kingston, ON
Frontenac S.S.
Yvonne Ejim
2002
Calgary, AB
Bishop Carrol H.S.
Makayla Ennis
2001
Brampton, ON
TRC Academy
Kaillie Hall
2001
Stoney Creek, ON
Lincoln Prep
Kaitlin Jockims
2001
Saskatoon, SK
Centennial Collegiate
LaTasha Lattimore
2003
Toronto, ON
Crestwood Prep
Rebecca Marzan Demeke
2002
Toronto, ON
Durham Elite
Brynn Masikewich
2001
Calgary, AB
Lincoln Prep
Olivia Morgan-Cherchas
2001
Kamloops, BC
South Kamloops S.S.
Donna Ntambue
2001
Montreal, QC
E.S. Lucien-Page
Mide Oriyomi
2001
Hamilton, ON
King's Christian Collegiate
Merissah Russell
2002
Ottawa, ON
Capital Courts
Sarah Te-Biasu
2001
Montreal, QC
E.S. Lucien-Page
Deanna Tuchscherer
2001
Chilliwack, BC
GW Graham S.S.
Aerial Wilson
2001
Dundas, ON
TRC Academy
2018 March Age Group Assessment Camp Invitees - Junior
Name
YOB
Hometown
School
Carly Ahlstrom
2000 
Calgary, AB
Centennial H.S.
Georgia Alexander
2000
Victoria, BC
Oak Bay S.S.
Niyah Becker
2000
Winnipeg, MB
Lincoln Prep
Brianna Breedy
2000
Ajax, ON
Pickering H.S.
Julia Chadwick
2000
Ottawa, ON
Durham Elite
Ashley De Sousa Martins
2000
Saskatoon, SK
Aden Bowman C.I.
Rachel Farwell
2000
Rothesay, NB
Kennebecasis Valley H.S.
Naomi Ganpo
2000
Brampton, ON
Bishop Macdonell C.H.S.
Taya Hanson
2000
Kelowna, BC
Kelowna S.S.
Paule-Beline Ibata
2000
Pierrefonds, QC
College Montmorency
Justina King
2000
Scarborough, ON
Ribet Academy
Roxane Makolo
2000
St. Hubert, QC
Dawson College
Tiya Misir
2000
Markham, ON
Bill Crothers S.S.
Christina Morra
2000
Mississauga, ON
King's Christian Collegiate
Kylee O'Hara
2000
Ajax, ON
Durham Elite
Keishana Washington
2000
Pickering, ON
Durham Elite
2018 March Age Group Assessment Camp Invitees - NextGen
Name
YOB
Hometown
School
Isaline Alexander
2003
Keswick, ON
Bill Crothers S.S.
Louella Allana
2003
Laval, QC
E.S. St-Laurent
Isabelle Forsyth
2003
Langley, BC
Semiamhoo S.S
Emily Howard
2003
Abbotsford, BC
Harding Academy
Abigail Jegede
2003
Toronto, ON
Bill Crothers S.S.
Helena Lasic
2003
Brampton, ON
TRC Academy
Deja Lee
2003
Surrey, BC
Semiamhoo S.S
Teah Stupar
2003
Etobicoke, ON
King's Christian Collegiate
Miranada Vander Wal
2003
London, ON
Strathroy District H.S.
Tara Wallack
2003
Surrey, BC
Semiamhoo S.S
Ella Wiebe
2003
Saskatoon, SK
Aden Bowman C.I.
Isabella Zingaro
2003
Bolton, ON
Caledon Basketball Academy
2018 March Age Group Assessment Coaches and Support Staff
Name
Role
Hometown
Affiliation
Katherine Adams
Cadette U17 Guest Coach
Calgary, AB
MacEwan University
Mireille BΓ©land
Talent ID/Youth Council
Repentigny, QC
Vanier College
Fabienne Blizzard
NextGen Guest Coach
Ottawa, ON
Capital Courts
Agnes Borg
Manager, Youth Player Development/Talent ID
Toronto, ON
Canada Basketball/Ontario Basketball
Albena Branzova-Dimitrova
Cadette U17 Assistant Coach
Montreal, QC
Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Avneet Brar
Performance Analyst
Nanaimo, BC
Vancouver Island University
Lauren Buschmann
WHP Sport Scientist/IST Lead
St. Catharines, ON
Canada Basketball
Andre Desjardins
Junior U18 Mentor Coach
Gloucester, ON
Louis Riel S.S.
Danielle Dobney
Athletic Therapist
Toronto, ON
McGill University
Christa Eniojukan
NextGen Guest Coach
Ajax, ON
Durham Elite
Jodi Gram
Cadette U17 Head Coach
Markham, ON
Bill Crothers S.S.
Shawnee Harle
Cadette U17 Mentor Coach
Vernon, BC
N/A
Max Hirst
Coordinator, Performance Analysis
Collingwood, ON
Canada Basketball
Connor Jay
Junior U18 Performance Analyst
Saskatoon, SK
University of Saskatchewan
Cheryl Jean Paul
Junior U18 Guest Coach
Winnipeg, MB
Trinity Western University
Elyse Jobin
Physiotherapist
Quebec City, QC
N/A
Mike MacKay
WHP Performance Manager
Truro, NS
Canada Basketball
Erin McAleenan
Junior U18 Assistant Coach
Sussex, NB
York University
Claire Meadows
Junior U18 Head Coach
Brantford, ON
UBC Okanagan
Riike Olasina
WHP Intern
Brampton, ON
Brock University
Patrice Pepin
Physiotherapist
Quebec City, QC
N/A
Hailey Roll
WHP Operations
Port Credit, ON
N/A
Will Rooney
Performance Analyst
Uxbridge, ON
Ontario Basketball
Dani Sinclair
Cadette U17 Assistant Coach
Victoria, BC
University of Victoria
Cooper Smithers
Cadette U17 Performance Analyst
Toronto, ON
Ryerson University
Elaine Sun
Manager, Women's Basketball Operations
Thornhill, ON
Canada Basketball
Michele Sung
NextGen Guest Coach
Winnipeg, MB
University of Manitoba
Tamara Tatham
Cadette U17 Guest Coach
Brampton, ON
University of Toronto
Ryan Thorne
Junior U18 Assistant Coach
Montreal, QC
McGill University
Bryce Tully
Mental Performance Consultant
Halifax, NS
CSC-Atlantic
 
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