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Three alumnae invited to Development Team camp

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO - Canada Basketball's Women's High Performance program is pleased to announce the 18 athletes invited to attend the Development Women's National Team Tryouts and Training Camp at Ryerson University (Kerr Hall) from July 29 to August 8, 2017.

Three Ryerson Rams alumnae were among the 18 athletes including Kellie Ring (2016-17), Mariah Nunes (2013-16) and Ceejay Nofuente (2012-13) who will get to showcase their skills on their home campus.

"We look forward to a competitive tryout and training camp as our program looks to field the best team to compete against world class teams in Tokyo and at the FISU Games," said Denise Dignard, Director, Women's High Performance. "We continue to build the depth of our athlete pool and provide them with meaningful international mileage."

The finalized team roster will leave for Tokyo, Japan on August 9 to compete at the U24 Women Basketball League Four Nations 2017 where they will face off against Japan, USA and Australia. Canada tips-off tournament play on August 12 against host Japan at 3:30 AM ET.

Following this tournament, the team will then travel to Taipei City, Taiwan to compete at the Taipei 2017 29th Summer Universiade. Canada tips-off tournament play on August 21 against Portugal at 3 AM ET.

Fabian McKenzie (Cape Breton University) takes the helm in his 6th year as Head Coach. McKenzie is joined by assistant coaches Chantal Vallee (University of Windsor) and Nate McKibbon (Mount Royal University), along with Michele Belanger (University of Toronto) who will join the staff for training camp.

Canada is currently ranked 6th in the FIBA World Rankings.

Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates. Please RSVP to


Monday August 7
6:45 p.m. Gym Opens
7:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are EST and subject to change

The full staff list, roster and schedule can be found below. Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.


Name Position Height Hometown 2016-17 School/Club
Angela Bongomin Centre 6-2 Regina, Sask. University of Regina (U SPORTS)
Paige Crozon Forward 6-1 Humboldt, Sask. University of Utah (NCAA)
Abigail Fogg Centre 6-4 Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. University of South Dakota (NCAA)
Mael Gilles Guard 6-1 Montreal, Que. Montmorency (CEGEP/CCAA)
Taya Hanson* Guard 5-8 Kelowna, B.C. TRC Academy (OSBA)
Alison Keough Forward 6-1 Marion Bridge, N.S. Cape Breton University (U SPORTS)
Jaelyne Kirkpatrick Guard 5-6 Oakville, Ont. University of Illinois (NCAA)
Alex Kiss-Rusk Centre 6-4 Beaconsfield, Que. McGill University (U SPORTS)
Megan Lindquist Forward 6-0 Saskatoon, Sask. University of Saskatchewan (U SPORTS)
Dani Nafekh Guard 5-11 Oakville, Ont. UC Davis (NCAA)
Ceejay Nofuente Guard 5-8 Toronto, Ont. Humber College (OCAA)
Mariah Nunes Guard 5-10 Ajax, Ont. Oviedo (Spain D2)
Ashley Polacek Guard 5-5 Ottawa, Ont. University of Central Florida (NCAA)
Kellie Ring Guard 5-9 Ottawa, Ont. Ryerson University (U SPORTS)
Kyla Shand Centre 6-2 Saskatoon, Sask. Holy Cross High School (HS)
Erika Steeves Forward 6-2 Montreal, Que. Brown University (NCAA)
Catherine Traer Forward 6-1 Chelsea, Que. Carleton University (U SPORTS)
Meg Wilson Forward 6-2 London, Ont. Simon Fraser University (NCAA D2)



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