Yesterday, Canada’s U16 Women’s cadet team started off the 2009 FIBA America U16 Championships with a 68-56 win over Brazil. In that game Vanessa Pickard of Riverview, NB scored 14 points in 22 minutes of court time.

For those not aware, Vanessa is in the middle of a very busy month. She left home over a week ago for a 3-day mini training camp in Toronto (Aug. 5-7) then headed to Mexico City where she will compete in the FIBA Americas tournament from August 10-14. Once the FIBA America’s tournament is over Vanessa will jump on a plane to get home to represent our province at the 2009 Jeux Canada Games in Prince Edward Island August 16-22.

To make matters worst, Vanessa arrives back home late Saturday evening (August 15) then has to be in Summerside the next morning (August 16) for New Brunswick’s 9:00 am game against Manitoba.

It will be interesting to hear Vanessa’s viewpoints on the differences of competing for Canada versus participating in the Canada Games. She should also have some great stories to tell and if the crowds at the women’s tournament are anything like the Argentine fans at the men’s tournament.

Canada’s Round Robin Schedule. .

Date Time* Opponent
Aug. 10 2:00 pm Brazil
Aug. 11 6:00 pm Guatemala
Aug. 12 8:00 pm Mexico

*All times are Central

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