November 22, 2022
Canada basketball’s senior women’s training camp begins
'This is an amazing moment for women’s basketball'
Canada Basketball took a remarkable step towards enhancing their women’s basketball program by announcing the 13 players who are a part of the Senior Women’s National Team training camp that is underway at Kerr Hall in Toronto Metropolitan University in downtown Toronto, the organization said in a press release.
The camp is scheduled from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2022. The dates have been chosen in accordance with FIBA’s international window for women’s basketball. While there is no immediate FIBA tournament scheduled during this time period, Canada Basketball believes that this training camp will contribute to the development of the players and bring them together as a team.
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During the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup last summer, the team came fourth — their highest finish in the tournament since 1986, when they came third. As they begin their work towards qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, they hope to finish strong during the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup that will take place in July 2023. The team won the championship in 2015 and 2017, bagged the silver medal in the tournament in 2019 and finished fourth in 2021.
Along with the 13 main players selected for the camp, several next-generation athletes will also participate in the training camp. The organization hopes to create a strong set of players as the team prepares for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.
“This is an amazing moment for women’s basketball,” said Head coach Víctor Lapeña in an interview with CityNews Everywhere.“I think we have developed something special and I’m very, very happy to be part of this process to help the country to grow women’s basketball. To also have on my team some of the best players in the world, and especially to look for the future and to feel that, is brilliant.”