Chatham’s Carleton to represent Canada at Tokyo Olympics

Jamie Scott, Bridget Carleton, Kia Nurse and Sami Hill at the Sweeden v. Canada FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgium on February 8, 2020 (Photo via FIBA website)

Chatham’s Bridget Carleton is officially headed to the Olympics in Tokyo.

She was one of 12 players named to team Canada’s women’s basketball roster along with four alternates.

Canada qualified for Tokyo 2020 after an undefeated run at one of four FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments in Ostend, Belgium in February 2020.

Six members of the team are returning Olympians while the rest, Carleton included, are competing in their first Olympic games.

“We’ve selected a team that is dynamic, relentless and together,” said Head Coach Lisa Thomaidis in a release. “We have an exciting mix of youth and experience – a trio of three-time Olympians, along with six Olympic rookies. Half the team has represented Canada at previous Olympics, and we’ll be leaning on our collective experience to navigate our Tokyo journey.”

Team Canada is currently ranked 4th in the FIBA World Rankings and will open its Olympic tournament against Serbia on July 26. That will be followed by a game against the Republic of Korea on July 29 and a matchup against Spain on August 1.

The quarterfinals will take place on August 4, and the semifinals are set for August 6. The bronze and gold medal games will take place on August 8.