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.
Canada's 🇨🇦 Tokyo 2020 women's basketball team announced.- Canada Basketball (@CanBball) June 30, 2021
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|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|
Sami Hill (Toronto, Ontario)
Aislinn Konig (Surrey, British Columbia)
Merissah Russell (Ottawa, Ontario)
Jamie Scott (Pasco, Washington)
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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