Over the last few months, there’s been so much focus, and varying opinions, about Canadian basketball players. This attention has culminated around the likes of Anthony Bennett and, more recently, Andrew Wiggins. (For a refresher about Bennett,click here, and Wiggins, click here).
Other Canadians that have garnered some media buzz are Tyler Ennis (drafted by the Phoenix Suns), Kelly Olynyk (plays for the Boston Celtics), and Tristan Thompson (plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers). And of course there’s Steve Nash, 2 time NBA MVP, and current General Manager of the Senior Men’s Canadian National Basketball Team, who is one of the most famous and successful Canadian basketball players ever.
Where is the attention for Canadian women basketball players in all of this? On the fringes.
It was recently announced that Canada Basketball will be hosting the 2015 FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball) Americas Championship for Women. The tournament will be played in Edmonton and will determine who qualifies for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Unfamiliar with our Senior Women’s National Basketball Team roster? Check them out here, which can be followed up with Doug Smith’s blog, Toronto Star’s veteran sportswriter, who comments that “the fact the FIBA Americas 2015 Olympic women’s qualifier is going to be in Edmonton really is big news”. Indeed, exciting stuff.