With a little help from Alberta Basketball Association (ABA) alumnae Yvonne Ejim, Canada will be competing in women’s basketball at a fourth consecutive Summer Olympic Games.
Canada punched its ticket to the 2024 Paris Games thanks to a third-place finish at the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2024, which wrapped up Sunday (Feb. 11) in Sopron, Hungary.
Calgary’s Ejim appeared in all three games at the tournament. Canada defeated Hungary 67-55, lost to Spain 60-55, and was beaten by Japan 86-82.
The six-foot-one Ejim was named to the Canada’s roster last week and took a brief leave from the Gonzaga Bulldogs in order to join her national team. Ejim is currently in her senior season of NCAA Division 1 basketball at Gonzaga, and is averaging 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Canada has previously competed in women’s basketball at the Summer Games seven times. The 2024 Olympics take place July 26 to August 11 in France.
Basketball Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team (SWNT) has trained out of Edmonton since 2013.
ABA congratulates Yvonne and all the members of the SWNT.