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Canada Basketball: Senior Women's National Team announces roster for Tokyo Olympics

The Canadian Senior Women's National Team is one step closer to medalling for the first time at the Summer Olympics.

Canada Basketball Tuesday announced the list of 12 athletes that will represent the country at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Senior Women's National Team Olympic Roster
Name Position Height Hometown
Natalie Achonwa F 6'3" Guelph, Ontario
Kayla Alexander C 6'4" Milton, Ontario
Laeticia Amihere F 6'4" Mississauga, Ontario
Bridget Carleton F 6'1" Chatham, Ontario
Shay Colley G 5'8" Brampton, Ontario
Aaliyah Edwards F 6'3" Kingston, Ontario
Nirra Fields G 5'9" Montreal, Quebec
Kim Gaucher G 6'1" Mission, British Columbia
Kia Nurse G 6'0" Hamilton, Ontario
Shaina Pellington G 5'8" Pickerington, Ontario
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe C 6'2" Toronto, Ontario

Alternates:

Sami Hill (Toronto, Ontario)

Aislinn Konig (Surrey, British Columbia)

Merissah Russell (Ottawa, Ontario)

Jamie Scott (Pasco, Washington)

Coaches:

Lisa Thomaidis (Dundas, Ontario) - Head Coach

Steve Baur (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia) - Assistant Coach

Carly Clarke (Halifax, Nova Scotia) - Assistant Coach

Set to be played in 2021, the 2020 Games will mark the third consecutive Olympic appearance for Team Canada, which also qualified to compete in London in 2012 and in Rio in 2016. Canada's women qualified for the Olympics by going undefeated in an Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ostend, Belgium in February 2020.

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Team Canada's talented roster features six Olympic veterans, including Natalie Achonwa, Miranda Ayim and Kim Gaucher, who will each be making their third appearance on the Olympics stage. Among the six Olympic first-timers are Bridget Carleton of the Minnesota Lynx and one-time WNBA All-Star Kia Nurse, who is in her first season with the Phoenix Mercury.

Canada's best Olympic finish came in the 1984 Games when it earned a fourth-place finish in Los Angeles. Team Canada's pursuit for its first-ever Olympic medal begins on Monday, July 26, as it takes on Serbia before facing the Republic of Korea on Thursday, July 29 and Spain on Sunday, Aug. 1.

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