Yearwood lands national tryout

Oak Bay High grade aims to earn spot at women's basketball world championships

Oak Bay’s Lauren Yearwood will be among those looking to earn a spot on Canadian women’s basketball team that will take part in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Chekhov, Russia.

Yearwood, a six-foot-three forward who just graduated from Oak Bay High, is among 19 athletes who will take part in the training camp at Humber College July 2-10.

“We look forward to this opportunity to evaluate athletes from last year’s U18 and U17 pools who have some age-group international experience. I expect the tryout and training camp to be competitive and players will push each other to be better,” said head coach Rich Chambers (Terry Fox Secondary School).

Chambers is in his 12th and final year as head coach of the U18/U19 women’s national team. Joining him on the sidelines are assistant coaches Scott Edwards (University of Alberta) and Scott Reeves (Thompson Rivers University).

The U18/U19 women’s national team finished second at the 2014 U18 FIBA Americas championship, winning four games and losing in the gold medal game to the United States. This group also includes athletes from the 2014 U17 FIBA World Championship roster.

At the 2015 U19 FIBA World Championships, Team Canada is in Group C, where they will compete against Mali, France and Belgium. The team will compete in an exhibition tournament in Spain ahead of the world championships, which run July 18-26.