Miyazaki in the mix

Local basketball standout Katie Miyazaki is among the players invited to Canada Basketball’s Developmental Women’s National Team tryouts to be held Aug. 2-5 at the University of the Fraser Valley.

A former standout with the Simon Fraser University Clan, Miyazaki played last season for the CIS runner-up University of Saskatchewan Huskies where she was named to the CIS Final 8 Tournament all-star team and was again the top defensive player in the country.

This summer, the Developmental Women’s National Team is heading to Shenzhen, China to compete at the Summer Universiade Aug. 12-23. This marks the 26th time the International University Sports Federation (FISU) will host the Summer Universiade, which is the second largest multi-sport event in the world, next to the Olympic Games.

The tryout-by-invitation roster consists of talent from coast to coast with no shortage of international experience. Of the 15 players invited, seven players have played internationally as part of Canada’s National Team Program, including Megan Pinske (Coquitlam), Julie Seabrook (North Vancouver), Justine Colley (East Preston, NS), Elyse Jobin (Moncton, NB), Kendel Ross (Sarnia, ON), Zara Huntley (Halifax, NS) and Kelsey Hodgson (Fredericton, NB). Hodgson is the only returning member from the last World University Games in 2009, when Canada finished 15th in Belgrade, Serbia.

Canada was assigned to Pool C, where they will play Russia, Poland, and South Africa in the preliminary round. A total of 16 countries will compete for FISU gold this summer in Shenzhen.

Since basketball was included in the FISU games for women in 1961, Canada has a total of two medals, both bronze in 1979 and 1991.

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