TORONTO– The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canada Basketball announced 12 basketball players nominated to the Canadian Olympic Team for London 2012 after the women’s senior national team locked up an Olympic berth in Turkey this past weekend.
The nominees included: Natalie Achonwa, Chelsea Aubry, Miranda Ayim, Teresa Gabriele, Lizanne Murphy, Krista Phillips, Courtney Pilypaitis, Michelle Plouffe, Kim Smith, Alisha Tatham, Tamara Tatham and Shona Thorburn.
“These young women showed so much heart and perseverance to qualify for London,” said Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission for London 2012, Mark Tewksbury. “They have truly given their everything to represent their country at the Olympic Games.”
“We are very proud of our senior women’s team’s Olympic qualification which is a culmination of many years of work by so many people,” said Denise Dignard, Canada Basketball’s Director, Women’s High Performance. “Our senior national team head coach, Allison McNeill and her coaching and support staff, have been very focused on this objective and their determination has paid off. This is also a collaborative effort of many coaches who have worked together to help develop the younger generation of players into multi-skilled players. We hope that this will inspire the next generation of players and get more coaches working towards the long-term development of our young Canadian women.”
“This the well-deserved result of many years of dedication and sacrifice by the entire team, both players and coaching staff,” said Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director, Canada Basketball. “This success reflects the growth and direction that we have planned for Canada Basketball. We strive for excellence and by qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Senior Women’s team has shown that they are ready to compete on the most prestigious international stage.”
“The 2012 Canadian Olympic Team grows with each passing day,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “It is exciting to see these exceptional athletes come through under such pressure and earn the right to call themselves Olympians.”
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The following list represents the 229 athletes nominated to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team to date.
|1||Jennifer Abel||Laval, Que.||Diving||Women’s 3m, 3m synchro|
|2||Natalie Achonwa||Guelph, Ont.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|3||Mohammed Ahmed||St. Catharines, Ont.||Athletics||10,000m|
|4||Dylan Armstrong||Kamloops, B.C.||Athletics||Shot put|
|5||Chelsea Aubry||Kichener, Ont.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|6||Miranda Ayim||London, Ont.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|7||Emily Batty||Oshawa, Ont.||Cycling||Mountain Bike|
|8||Joe Bartoch||London, Ont.||Swimming||100m butterfly|
|9||Zach Bell||Whitehorse, Y.T.||Cycling||Track|
|10||Meaghan Benfeito||Montreal, Que.||Diving||Women’s 10m, 10m synchro|
|11||Gabe Bergen||100 Mile House, B.C.||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|12||Melissa Bishop||Eganville, Ont.||Athletics||800m|
|13||Tyler Bjorn||Montreal, Que.||Sailing||Men’s keelboat – star|
|14||Ellie Black||Halifax, N.S.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|15||Mélanie Blouin||Quebec, Que.||Athletics||Pole vault|
|16||Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon||Rivière-du-Loup, Que.||Synchronized Swimming||Duet, team|
|17||Michael Braithwaite||Duncan, B.C.||Rowing||Men’s 2x|
|18||Nathan Brannen||Cambridge, Ont||Athletics||1,500m|
|19||Jeremiah Brown||100 Mile House, B.C.||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|20||Alexandra Bruce||Toronto, Ont.||Badminton||Women’s doubles|
|21||Ashley Brzozowicz||London, Ont.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|22||Jason Burnett||Toronto, Ont.||Gymnastics||Trampoline|
|23||Andrew Byrnes||Toronto, Ont.||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|24||David Calder||Victoria, B.C.||Rowing||Men’s 2-|
|25||Hilary Caldwell||Surrey, B.C.||Swimming||200m backstroke|
|26||Katrina Cameron||Mississaugua, Ont.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|27||Gillian Carleton||Scarborough, Ont.||Cycling||Track|
|28||Candice Chapman||Ajax, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|29||Samantha Cheverton||Pointe-Claire, Que.||Swimming||200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay, 4x100m freestyle relay|
|30||Richard Clarke||Toronto, Ont.||Sailing||Men’s keelboat – star|
|31||Ryan Cochrane||Lac Beauport, Que.||Canoe-Kayak||K-2 1000m|
|32||Ryan Cochrane||Victoria, B.C.||Swimming||400m freestyle|
|33||Karen Cockburn||Toronto, Ont.||Gymnastics||Trampoline|
|34||Jared Connaughton||Charlottetown, P.E.I.||Athletics||200m|
|35||Gordon Cook||Toronto, Ont.||Sailing||49er|
|36||Reid Coolsaet||Hamilton, Ont.||Athletics||Marathon|
|37||Rose Cossar||Toronto, Ont.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|38||Amy Cotton||Antigonish, N.S.||Judo||-78kg|
|39||François Coulombe-Fortier||Quebec, Que.||Taekwondo||+80kg|
|40||Will Crothers||Kingston, Ont.||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|41||Douglas Csima||Oakville, Ont.||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|42||Mark de Jong||Calgary, Alta.||Canoe-Kayak||K-1 200m men|
|43||William Dean||Kelowna, B.C.||Rowing||Men’s 4-|
|44||Alexandre Despatie||Laval, Que.||Diving||Men’s 3m, 3m synchro|
|45||Scott Dickens||Burlington, Ont.||Swimming||100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke|
|46||Greg Douglas||Toronto, Ont.||Sailing||Finn|
|47||Derek Drouin||Corunna, Ont.||Athletics||High jump|
|48||Danielle Dube||Halifax, N.S.||Sailing||Women’s laser radial|
|49||Stephanie Dubois||Laval, Que.||Tennis||Women’s doubles|
|50||Stéphanie Durocher||Repentigny, Que.||Synchronized Swimming||Team|
|51||Alexandre Édmond||Laval, Que.||Judo||-90kg|
|52||Crystal Emmanuel||Scarborough, Ont.||Athletics||200m|
|53||Jonelle Filigno||Mississaugua, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|54||Roseline Filion||Laval, Que.||Diving||Women’s 10m, 10m synchro|
|55||Paula Findlay||Edmonton, Alta.||Triathlon||Women’s triathlon|
|56||Andrew Ford||Guelph, Ont.||Swimming||200m individual medley|
|57||Jo-Annie Fortin||Montreal, Que.||Synchronized Swimming||Team|
|58||Emilie Fournel||Montreal, Que.||Canoe-Kayak||K-1 200m women|
|59||Hugues Fournel||Pointe-Claire, Que.||Canoe-Kayak||K-2 1000m men|
|60||Charles Francis||Cowansville, Que.||Swimming||100m backstroke|
|61||Scott Frandsen||Kelowna, B.C.||Rowing||Men’s 2-|
|62||Sultana Frizell||Perth, Ont.||Athletics||Hammer throw|
|63||Teresa Gabriele||Mission, B.C.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|64||Nathan Gafuik||Calgary, Alta.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|65||Grace Gao||Calgary, Alta.||Badminton||Mixed doubles|
|66||Robyn Gayle||Mississaugua, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|67||Alex Genest||Lac-aux-Sables, Que.||Athletics||3,000m steeplechase|
|68||Phylicia George||Markham, Ont.||Athletics||100m / 100m hurdles|
|69||Robert Gibson||Oakville, Ont.||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|70||Eric Gillis||Antigonish, N.S.||Athletics||Marathon|
|71||Nikola Girke||West Vancouver, B.C.||Sailing||Women’s rs-x windsurfing|
|72||Jasmin Glaesser||Coquitlam, B.C.||Cycling||Track|
|73||Elizabeth Gleadle||Vancouver, B.C.||Athletics||Javelin|
|74||Inaki Gomez||Vancouver, B.C.||Athletics||20km race walk|
|75||Thomas Gossland||Vancouver, B.C.||Swimming||4x100m freestyle relay|
|76||Krista Guloien||Port Moody, BC||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|77||Janine Hanson||Winnipeg, Man.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|78||Geoff Harris||Halifax, N.S.||Athletics||800m|
|79||Brent Hayden||Vancouver, B.C.||Swimming||50m freestyle,100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay|
|80||Akeem Haynes||Calgary, Alta.||Athletics||4x100m|
|81||Ryder Hesjedal||Victoria, B.C.||Cycling||Road race, time trial|
|82||Émilie Heymans||Brossard, Que.||Diving||Women’s 3m, 3m synchro|
|83||Pierre-Luc Hinse||Gatineau, Que.||Table Tennis||Men’s singles, team|
|84||Andre Ho||Richmond, B.C.||Table Tennis||Men’s singles, team|
|85||Nikkita Holder||Pickering, Ont.||Athletics||100m hurdles|
|86||Stephanie Horner||Beaconsfield, Que.||Swimming||400m individual medley|
|87||Richard Hortness||Medicine Hat, Alta.||Swimming||4x100m freestyle relay|
|88||Malcolm Howard||Victoria, B.C.||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|89||Clara Hughes||Winnipeg, Man.||Cycling||Road race, time trial|
|90||Francois Imbeau-Dulac||St-Lazarre, Que.||Diving||Men’s 3m|
|91||Anthony Jacob||Vancouver, B.C.||Rowing||Men’s 4-|
|92||Barbara Jardin||Montreal, Que.||Swimming||200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay|
|93||Morgan Jarvis||Winnipeg, MB||Rowing||Lightweight Men’s 2x|
|94||Lindsay Jennerich||Victoria, BC||Rowing||Lightweight Women’s 2x|
|95||Kyle Jones||Oakville, Ont.||Triathlon||Men’s triathlon|
|96||Chloé Isaac||Brossard, Que.||Synchronized Swimming||Team|
|97||Geoff Kabush||Comox, B.C.||Cycling||Mountain Bike|
|98||Savanah King||Vancouver, B.C.||Swimming||400m freestyle, 800m freestyle|
|99||Alexa Komarnycky||Etobicoke, Ont.||Swimming||800m freestyle|
|100||Kevin Kowalyk||Winnipeg, MB||Rowing||Men’s 2x|
|101||Kaylyn Kyle||Saskatoon, Sask.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|102||Julie Labonté||Sainte-Justine, Que.||Athletics||Shot put|
|103||Audrey Lacroix||Montreal, Que.||Swimming||200m butterfly|
|104||Alexandra Landry||Montreal, Que.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|105||Karina LeBlanc||Maple Ridge, B.C.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|106||Stéphanie Leclair||Gatineau, Que.||Synchronized Swimming||Team|
|107||Mike Leigh||Nanaimo, B.C.||Sailing||470|
|108||Cameron Levins||Black Creek, B.C.||Athletics||5,000m|
|109||Michelle Li||Markham, Ont.||Badminton||Women’s singles and doubles|
|110||Tracy Little||Pointe-Claire, Que.||Synchronized Swimming||Team|
|111||Hunter Lowden||North Vancouver, B.C.||Sailing||49er|
|112||Brittany MacLean||Etobicoke, Ont.||Swimming||400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay|
|113||Heather MacLean||Etobicoke, Ont.||Swimming||4x100m freestyle relay|
|114||Rosie MacLennan||Toronto, Ont.||Gymnastics||Trampoline|
|115||Segun Makinde||Ottawa, Ont.||Athletics||4x100m|
|116||Élise Marcotte||L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que.||Synchronized Swimming||Duet, team|
|117||Darcy Marquardt||Richmond, BC||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|118||Jenna Martin||Bridgewater, N.S.||Athletics||400m|
|119||Natalie Mastracci||Thorold, Ont.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|120||Michael Mason||Nanoose Bay, B.C.||Athletics||High jump|
|121||Diana Matheson||Oakville, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|122||Conlin McCabe||Brockville, ON||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|123||Martha McCabe||Toronto, Ont.||Swimming||200m breaststroke|
|124||Erin McLeod||Edmonton, Alta.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|125||Melanie McCann||Parkhill, Ont.||Modern Pentathlon||Women’s singles|
|126||Jason McCoombs||Halifax, N.S.||Canoe-Kayak||C-1 200m men|
|127||Riley McCormick||Victoria, B.C.||Diving||Men’s 10m|
|128||Brent McMahon||Victoria, B.C.||Triathlon||Men’s triathlon|
|129||Sasha Mehmedovic||Montreal, Que.||Judo||-66kg|
|130||Joliane Melançon||Laval, Que.||Judo||-57kg|
|131||Sébastien Michaud||Quebec, Que.||Taekwondo||80kg|
|132||Victoria Moors||Surrey, BC||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|133||Andreanne Morin||Montreal, QC||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|134||Erica Morningstar||Calgary, Alta.||Swimming||200m individual medley|
|135||Carmelina Moscato||Mississaugua, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s Soccer|
|136||Curtis Moss||Burnaby, B.C.||Athletics||Javelin|
|137||Anastasiya Muntyanu||Toronto, Ont.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|138||Lizanne Murphy||Beaconsfield, Que.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|139||Daniel Nestor||Toronto, Ont.||Tennis||Men’s doubles|
|140||Tobias Ng||Vancouver, B.C.||Badminton||Mixed doubles|
|141||Joelle Numainville||Montreal, Que.||Cycling||Road race|
|142||Cristy Nurse||Georgetown, Ont.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|143||Patricia Obee||Victoria, B.C.||Rowing||Lightweight Women’s 2x|
|144||Derek O’Farrell||Montreal, Que.||Rowing||Men’s 4-|
|145||Mark Oldershaw||Burlington, Ont.||Canoe-Kayak||C-1 1000m men|
|146||Tobias Oriwol||Toronto, Ont.||Swimming||200m backstroke|
|147||Alec Page||Victoria, B.C.||Swimming||400m individual medley|
|148||Kelly Parker||Saskatoon, Sask.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|149||Dominique Pegg||Sarnia, Ont.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|150||Catharine Pendrel||Fredericton, N.B.||Cycling||Mountain Bike|
|151||Sergio Pessoa||Brossard, Que.||Judo||-60kg|
|152||Krista Phillips||Saskatoon, Sask.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|153||Courtnay Pilypaitis||Orleans, Ont.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|154||Max Plaxton||Tofino, B.C.||Cycling||Mountain Bike|
|155||Michelle Plouffe||Edmonton, Alta.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|156||Victoria Poon||Montreal, Que.||Swimming||50m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay|
|157||Vasek Pospisil||Vancouver, B.C.||Tennis||Men’s singles, men’s doubles|
|158||Zachary Plavsic||Vancouver, B.C.||Sailing||Men’s rs-x windsurfing|
|159||Brian Price||Belleville, Ont.||Rowing||Men’s 8+|
|160||Luke Ramsay||Vancouver, B.C.||Sailing||470|
|161||Denise Ramsden||Hay River, N.W.T.||Cycling||Road race, time trial|
|162||Milos Raonic||Thornhill, Ont.||Tennis||Men’s singles|
|163||Amanda Reason||Windsor, Ont.||Swimming||4x200m freestyle relay|
|164||Anjelika Reznik||Toronto, Ont.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|165||Justin Rodhe||Kamloops, B.C.||Athletics||Shot put|
|166||Brittany Rogers||New Westminster, B.C.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|167||Reuben Ross||St. Leonard, Que.||Diving||Men’s 3m synchro|
|168||Colin Russell||Burlington, Ont.||Swimming||4x100m freestyle relay|
|169||Sinead Russell||Burlington, Ont.||Swimming||100m backstroke, 200m backstroke|
|170||Katerine Savard||Quebec, Que.||Swimming||100m butterfly|
|171||Sophie Schmidt||Abbotsford, B.C.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|172||Desiree Scott||Winnipeg, Man.||Soccer||Women’s Soccer|
|173||Rachel Seaman||Peterborough, Ont.||Athletics||20km race walk|
|174||Eric Sehn||Edmonton, Alta.||Diving||Men’s 10m|
|175||Karine Sergerie||Sainte-Catherine, Que.||Taekwondo||67kg|
|176||Lauren Sesselmann||Stephenville, Newf.||Soccer||Women’s Soccer|
|177||David Sharpe||Halifax, N.S.||Swimming||200m butterfly|
|178||Nicole Sifuentes||Winnipeg, Man.||Athletics||1,500m|
|179||Christine Sinclair||Burnaby, B.C.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|180||Gavin Smellie||Etobicoke, ON||Athletics||4x100m|
|181||Jessica Smith||North Vancouver, B.C.||Athletics||800m|
|182||Kim Smith||Mission, B.C.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|183||Oluseyi Smith||Ottawa, Ont.||Athletics||4x100m|
|184||Heather Steacy||Lethbridge, Alta.||Athletics||Hammer throw|
|185||Jim Steacy||Lethbridge, Alta.||Athletics||Hammer throw|
|186||Hilary Stellingwerff||Sarnia, Ont.||Athletics||1,500m|
|187||Chelsea Stewart||The Pas, Man.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|188||Monique Sullivan||Calgary, Alta.||Cycling||Track|
|189||Melissa Tancredi||Ancaster, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|190||Alisha Tatham||Brampton, Ont.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|191||Tamara Tatham||Brampton, Ont.||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|192||Michael Tayler||Calgary, Alta.||Canoe-Kayak||K-1 slalom|
|193||Brianne Theisen||Humboldt, Sask.||Athletics||Heptathlon|
|194||Karine Thomas||Gatineau, Que.||Synchronized Swimming||Team|
|195||Lesley Thompson-Willie||London, Ont.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|196||Shona Thorburn||Hamilton||Basketball||Women’s basketball|
|197||Brittany Timko||Coquitlam, B.C.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|198||Kelsey Titmarsh||North York, Ont.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|199||Kathy Tremblay||Montreal, Que.||Triathlon||Women’s triathlon|
|200||Nick Tritton||Guelph, Ont.||Judo||-66kg|
|201||Jillian Tyler||Calgary, Alta.||Swimming||100m breaststroke|
|202||Donna Vakalis||Toronto, Ont.||Modern Pentathlon||Women’s singles|
|203||Antoine Valois-Fortier||Vanier, Que.||Judo||-81kg|
|204||Tera Van Beilen||Oakville, Ont.||Swimming||100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke|
|205||Douglas Vandor||Dewittville, QC||Rowing||Lightweight Men’s 2x|
|206||Adam van Koeverden||Toronto, Ont.||Canoe-Kayak||K-1 1000m men|
|207||Kristina Vaculik||Toronto, Ont.||Gymnastics||Artistic|
|208||Joseph Veloce||St. Catharines, Ont.||Cycling||Track|
|209||Rachelle Viinberg||Regina, Sask.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|210||Eugene Wang||Ottawa, Ont.||Table Tennis||Men’s singles|
|211||Damian Warner||London, Ont.||Athletics||Decathlon|
|212||Ian Warner||Markham, Ont.||Athletics||4x100m|
|213||Justyn Warner||Markham, Ont.||Athletics||100m / 4x100m|
|214||Sarah Wells||Unionville, Ont.||Athletics||400m hurdles|
|215||Valérie Welsh||Saint-Nicolas, Que.||Synchronized Swimming||Team|
|216||Simon Whitfield||Victoria, B.C.||Triathlon||Men’s triathlon|
|217||Tara Whitten||Toronto, Ont.||Cycling||Track|
|218||Julia Wilkinson||Stratford, Ont.||Swimming||100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay and 200m individual medley|
|219||Lauren Wilkinson||North Vancouver, B.C.||Rowing||Women’s 8+|
|220||Michael Wilkinson||North Vancouver, B.C.||Rowing||Men’s 4-|
|221||Rhian Wilkinson||Baie d’Urfé, Que.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
|222||Blake Worsley||Victoria, B.C.||Swimming||200m freestyle|
|223||Aleksandra Wozniak||Blainville, Que.||Tennis||Women’s singles, women’s doubles|
|224||David Wright||Montreal, Que.||Sailing||Men’s laser|
|225||Dylan Wykes||Kingston, Ont.||Athletics||Marathon|
|226||Jessica Zelinka||London, Ont.||Athletics||Heptathlon / 100m hurdles|
|227||Mo Zhang||Ottawa, Ont.||Table Tennis||Women’s singles|
|228||Kelita Zupancic||Whitby, Ont.||Judo||-70kg|
|229||Emily Zurrer||Crofton, Ont.||Soccer||Women’s soccer|
This 19-year-old native of Guelph, Ont., will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
Achonwa has been on the national team for three years and played in four of Canada’s five games at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, missing the final game with an ankle injury suffered Saturday during her team’s 58-41 semifinal win over Argentina. Prior to her injury, Achonwa averaged 4.5 points per game in a reserve role for the Canadians.
Achonwa is coming off her second season at Notre Dame University, averaging a career-high 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game with a .557 field goal percentage while helping the Fighting Irish to their second consecutive NCAA national championship game appearance. She is the first international player to suit up for Notre Dame in the program’s 35-year history.
She is the youngest player ever selected for Canadian Senior National Team, making her debut in September 2009 at age 16.
London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.
Chelsea Aubry, a 9 year veteran of the Canadian Women’s Basketball Team, will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
The 27-year-old Kitchener native is plays an integral role with the Canadians, serving as a team captain, emotional leader and a physical presence under the boards as a 6’2 forward for the team.
Aubry, who will help lead Canada to its first Olympic Games appearance since 2000, currently plays for the Bendigo Spirit of the Women’s National Basketball League in Australia.
Miranda Ayim, a 6’3 centre for the Canadian Women’s Basketball Teamwill be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
A member of the national team for six years, Ayim currently plays professionally in Turkey for the Instanbul Uni. team. In 2011, she was a member of the Tulsa Shock of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Born in Chatham and raised in London, Ontario Canada, Ayim played her college ball at Pepperdine University. Ayim averaged 11.6 points and 6.2 games in 119 games (100 starts) for Pepperdine including leading the team with 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds during the 2009-10 season. She left Pepperdine fourth in blocks-per-game (1.5), fifth in field goals made (581), sixth in games played (119), sixth in minutes (3,334) and seventh in fields goals attempted (1,201).
London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.
Teresa Gabriele, a 14 year veteran of the Canadian Women’s Basketball Team,will be making her second appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
Gabriele, a 32-year-old 5’5 point guard, is the only member of the current squad who played for Canada at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. That particular squad finished tenth in Sydney.
Gabriele is retired from competitive basketball, but kept training for a shot at a second Olympic Games. A constant on the national team for close to 15 years, Gabriele will be wrapping up her career after this Olympic Games experience.
Over the course of her career, Gabriele played professionally in Austria and Spain.
Lizanne Murphy, a native of Beaconsfield, Quebec, will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
Murphy, starred for four years at Hofstra University and finished career with 1,245 points and 988 rebounds (2nd all-time at Hofstra).
Murphy, a 6’1 small forward, currently plays professionally for Tarbes in France and has also played in Finland, Lithuania and Slovakia.
London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.
Krista Phillips will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
A 6’6 centre, Phillips has been a member of the national team for four year and played varsity at the University of Michigan (2006-2010) where she ranks 9th all-time with 707 rebounds
Since her NCAA days, Phillips has played professionally in Poland, Italy and Spain. She is signed on to play in Australia next season with the Dandenong Rangers of Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League.
Courtney Pilypaitis will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
The 6-foot-1 St. Peter graduate scored a game-high 21 points in the contest to determine the final women’s hoops berth for the London Games while capturing the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.
The native of Orleans, Ontario has been playing professionally in Lithuania since graduating from the University of Vermont in 2010. She currently plays for VICI Aistes Kaunas where she was the 2010-11 Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LMKL Import Player of the Year.
Pilypaitis had a great college career at Vermont and was the America East Most Outstanding Player for two straight seasons between 2008-2010.
Michelle Plouffe will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
The 21-year-old is a 6’4 forward who made her debut on the national team three years ago and will be entering her junior season in the fall at the University of Utah.
Plouffe led all freshmen in the conference in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (7.3) in 2011-12, earning Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and second-team all-Mountain West Conference honors
In 2010, Plouffe represented Canada at the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Colorado and helped the team earn bronze by ranking first in the tournament in points (14.4).
Kim Smith, a nine-year veteran of the national team will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
Smith was a 2006 13th overall pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in Women’s National Basketball Association draft. She played three she played three seasons for the Monarchs before signing contracts to play on Belgium and in Spain.
Smith is a graduate of the University of Utah where she played four years on the varsity basketball team and finished her career with 1,015 rebounds making her just the second Ute ever to compile more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds
Only teammate Teresa Gabriele has been with the national team longer than the 6-foot-1 Smith.
Alisha Tatham, a native of Brampton, Ontario, will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
A 5’11 guard, Tatham made her debut with the national team in 2004 and plays alongside of her elder sister Tamara.
She spent four years at the University of Massachusetts and played from 2004-2007 with Tamara.
Tamara Tatham, a 6’1 guard, will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
After a career in the NCAA at University of Massachusetts, compiling averages of 10.3 PPG and 6.6 RPG, Tatham began playing in Europe. She made stops for various pro teams in the past including Toronto Lady Elite (Canada), Catz (Finland) and Wasserburg (Germany). Tatham has now been excelling with Halle of the Damen Basketball Bundesliga (Germany) since 2010.
The native of Brampton, Ontario has been playing on the Canadian national team for the last six year and has teamed up with her younger sister Alisha for the last four.
London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, when it finished in tenth place.
Shona Thorburn, a seven year veteran of the national team, will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.
She is a veteran of the national team programs having been a member of the youth, junior and senior teams beginning in1998. She was a member of the 2011 national team that competed in the FIBA Americas tournament.
The 5’10 guard from Hamilton, Ontario was selected seventh overall in the 2006 Women’s National Basketball Association draft by the Minessota Lynx. Thorburn spent two years in the WNBA before heading over to Spain where she currently plays for the professional club Girona.