VICTORIA – University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball head coach Dani Sinclair will bring yet another international coaching experience with her into the coming U SPORTS and Canada West 2017-18 season. Sinclair was appointed as a co-head coach of Canada Basketball’s Under 16 national squad who are fresh off a silver medal at the 2017 FIBA Women’s Americas Championship. The five-day event from Jun. 7-11 was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina and ended in a Canada-USA clash.
Ontario’s Merissah Russell had a team-high 12 points, while British Columbia’s Deanna Tuchscherer added 10 points and 5 rebounds as Team Canada dropped the gold medal game of the 2017 FIBA Women’s Americas Championship to the United States, 91-46. With the result, Canada takes home silver and still qualifies for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.
“It has been such a great opportunity to work with these athletes and the coaches,” said Sinclair, who now concludes her third summer working with this age program for Canada Basketball. “There was also a lot of learning from other countries with very different styles of play.”
“Myself and the rest of the staff have really given our best to these girls and it has been amazing to see their growth and feel that back from them. I have had the chance to focus on the defensive end of hte floor and have tried to use (Canada’s) athleticism and quickness to be disruptive against other teams.”
Sinclair returns home this week and will resume preparations with the Vikes varsity program as the Canada West season begins Oct. 27-28 in Victoria as the Vikes host UBC Okanagan.