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Basketball nominees join Canadian Olympic line-up

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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Backgrounder

The following list represents the 229 athletes nominated to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team to date.

Athlete Hometown Sport Event(s)
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

Natalie Achonwa
Basketball
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
Basketball
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
Basketball
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
Basketball
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
Basketball
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
Basketball
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.

London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.

Courtnay Pilypaitis
Basketball
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.

London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.

Michelle Plouffe
Basketball
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).

London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.

Kim Smith
Basketball
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.

London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.

Alisha Tatham
Basketball
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.

London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.

Tamara Tatham
Basketball
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
Basketball
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.

London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.

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