TORONTO, ONT. (July 12, 2018) - Canada Basketball has announced the 20 athletes invited to the U18 women's national team invitational tryouts and training camp at York University from July 14-28.  The list of invitees include Manitoba's Niyah Becker.  Niyah was a member of Team Canada at the Commonwealth Games team that competed in Australia back in April.  She will be heading to the University of Utah this fall for her first year with the Utes.

Niyah at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg
Head Coach Claire Meadows will be joined by assistants Ryan Thorne (McGill University) and Erin McAleenan (York University)

"We have a strong group of athletes who are ready to compete in preparation for the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship," said Head Coach Claire Meadows. "It is always an honour to be able to represent your country as we look to qualify a Canadian team to the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2019"

Following the end of the invitational tryouts and training period, the team will depart for Mexico City, Mexico to begin their quest for a gold medal in the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship 2018.

A full list of athletes and coaches can be found below. Tryouts and training camp are closed to the public. Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates:

Niyah at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
in Australia 
Monday, July 23

5:45 p.m. Gym Opens
6:00 p.m. Availability

Saturday, July 28

5:45 p.m. Gym Opens
6:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are EDT and subject to change

Media interested in attending training camp can contact Matt Walker (mwalker@basketball.ca).  Practices will take place at York University.

Last summer, the team earned a bronze medal at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2017 in Udine / Cividale Del Fruiuli, Italy.  Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

2018 U18 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM INVITATIONAL TRYOUTS AND TRAINING CAMP INVITEES


Name
Height
Hometown
2017-18 School Team 
Carly Ahlstrom
5'11"
Calgary, AB
Centennial H.S.
Georgia Alexander
6'1"
Victoria, BC
Oak Bay S.S.
Niyah Becker
6'1"
Winnipeg, MB
Lincoln Prep
Brianna Breedy
5'5"
Ajax, ON
Pickering H.S.
Kiandra Browne
6'0"
Pointe-Claire, QC
E. S. St-Laurent
Julia Chadwick
6'0"
Ottawa, ON
Durham Elite
Kenya Cote-Lysis
5'8"
St. Constant, QC
E. S. Lucien-Page
Ashley De Sousa Martins
5'11"
Saskatoon, SK
Aden Bowman C.I.
Rachel Farwell
6'0"
Rothesay, NB
Kennebecasis Valley H.S.
Naomi Ganpo
6'2"
Brampton, ON
Bishop Macdonell C.H.S.
Taya Hanson
5'9"
Kelowna, BC
Kelowna S.S.
Paule-Beline Ibata
5'7"
Pierrefonds, QC
College Montmorency
Kaitlin Jockims
5'8"
Saskatoon, SK
Centennial Collegiate
Justina King
5'7"
Scarborough, ON
Ribet Academy
Roxane Makolo
5'10"
St. Hubert, QC
Dawson College
Sammie Martin
6'2"
Sudbury, ON
Southwest Academy
Tiya Misir
5'2"
Markham, ON
Bill Crothers S.S.
Christina Morra
6'1"
Mississauga, ON
King's Christian College
Kylee O'Hara
5'11"
Ajax, ON
Durham Elite
Keishana Washington
5'5"
Pickering, ON
Durham Elite
2018 U18 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM COACHES & STAFF
NAME
POSITION
HOMETOWN
AFFILIATION
Claire Meadows
Head Coach
Brantford, ON
Unattached
Ryan Thorne
Assistant Coach
Montreal, QC
McGill University
Erin McAleenan
Assistant Coach
Sussex, NB
York University
Erika Persson
Physician
Edmonton, AB
University of Alberta
Elyse Jobin
Physiotherapist
Quebec City, QC
N/A
Connor Jay
Performance Analyst
Saskatoon, SK
University of Saskatchewan
Elaine Sun
Manager, Basketball Operations
Thornhill, ON
Canada Basketball
Mireille Beland
Head of Delegation
Repentigny, QC
Vanier College

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