Hamilton-area players get invites to Canada age-group camps

Hamilton's Hailey Brown is one of six that have been invited to  Canada Basketball’s assessment camp (Photo: Gerry Graham)

Hamilton’s Hailey Brown is one of six that have been invited to Canada Basketball’s assessment camp (Photo: Gerry Graham)

Six players from the Golden Horseshoe area have been invited to Canada Basketball’s national age-group assessment camp that will be held at Humber College, North Campus from Dec. 16 – 20.

The 39 young female athletes from across the country include Welland’s Bridget Atkison (Centennial high school), Hamilton’s Christina Buttenham (St. Mary High School), Hailey Brown (St. Thomas More High School and national cadette team), and Halle Bovell (St. Mary High School), Oakville’s Jaelyne Kirkpatrick (Loyola high school, cadette nationals), and St. Catharines’ Nancy Kessler (St Francis high school, Team Ontario Summer Games).

This assessment camp, which includes on and off-court sessions, combined with previous and upcoming identification work, will contribute to the assessment of the overall athlete pool and in determining those athletes to be chosen for each of the U17 and U18 women’s summer national team program’s tryouts by invitation.

Both U17 and U18 national teams will be competing in FIBA sanctioned championship tournaments this coming summer.

Senior women’s national team head coach Lisa Thomaidis of Dundas, Ont., will provide technical guidance and leadership to several national age group coaches participating.

The junior (U18) women’s national team will compete at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women in Colorado Springs, CO from Aug. 6- 10, 2014. The tournament features teams representing eight countries from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with players born in 1996 or later.

The 2013 cadette women’s national team will attend the FIBA U17 World Championships for women, which will be held in Slovakia from June 28 – July 6. The team qualified after finishing second at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mexico this past summer.