TORONTO (FIBA U17 World Championship for Women) - Canada head coach Carly Clarke is now ready to undertake her mission at the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women after finalising her roster for the tournament in the Czech Republic.
After taking a total of 15 players into her recent preparation camp, there was disappointment for the trio of Halle Bovell, Michaela Nieuweuhuizen and Nicole Vander Helm who were all eventually squeezed out of contention and didn't quite make it past the last cut.
Clarke is however absolutely delighted with those players she will be able to call upon and stated: "We are thrilled with our team. Over my four years, this was the toughest year for selection.
"It is always an honour to be a part of the athletes' first experience at a World Championship.
"All of our athletes have put in a tremendous amount of work to prepare themselves for the World Championship experience.
"Every World Championship presents different challenges from game to game.
"The cohesiveness, IQ and diversity of our athletes skill sets will present challenges for our opponents," added Clarke.
Before they set their sights on doing battle in Klatovy against Group A opponents Hungary, Korea and the hosts of the competition, they will firstly play in a prestigious friendly tournament.
Clarke will take her players to Nogent-sur-Seine for a trio of exhibition games including match-ups against France, China and the reigning champions USA.
Canada finished on the podium at the last edition of the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women. Inspired by rising star Kia Nurse, they took bronze in Amsterdam after a win over Japan in the Third-Place Game secured their first medal at the event.
Canada 12-player team for 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women: Chelayne Bailey, Mikaela Brewer, Hailey Brown, Bridget Carleton, Julia Chandler, Maurane Corbin, Danielle Garven, Mael Gilles, Jaelyne Kirkpatrick, Kendra Van Leeuwen, Eternati Willock, Lauren Yearwood.
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt