Carleton To Play For Canada

Bridget Carleton - Team Canada Basketball

Bridget Carleton (back row, second player from left) and her Canadian teammates – Contributed Photo

Chatham’s Bridget Carleton will again represent Canada this summer, this time as a member of the Canadian Cadette basketball team.

Carleton won a silver medal as a co-captain for Canada last summer at the FIBA Americas U16 tournament in Mexico, losing to the USA in the final. The finish however, qualified Canada for the FIBA U17 World Championships, which take place this June 28 to July 6 in the Czech Republic.

“I know our entire team is so excited to represent Canada at the U17 FIBA World Championships,” says Carleton, who was one of the tournament’s top scorers at the U16 FIBA Americas last summer. “It’s hard to put into words how it feels to play for Canada but I am super honoured and proud to be able to wear the red and white.”

Carleton, a guard who stands six-foot-one, and attends John McGregor Secondary School in Chatham, is currently in France, playing a series of exhibition games to help prepare for the World Championships later this month.

A first team all-star with the London Ramblers of the JUEL basketball league this season, Carleton, who is committed to place NCAA DI basketball for Iowa State in 2015-2016, says a medal is the goal for her team at the upcoming Worlds.

“As a team,” says Carleton, “our goal is to medal at the tournament and we hope to just have a great experience overall.”

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