Gaiters Perno To Lead Fran­co­phonie Team

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS - Sher­brooke Len­noxville

The­head coach of the Bishop’s Gaiters women’s bas­ket­ball team, Alex Perno will take on a new off­sea­son chal­lenge as he has been cho­sen to lead the Canada-Que­bec women’s bas­ket­ball squad at the Fran­co­phonie Games this year. The sev­enth edi­tion of the games will take place from Septem­ber 6-15, 2013 in Nice, France.

Perno just com­pleted his fifth sea­son at the helm of the Lady Gaiters and be­comes the first male coach to lead the CanadaQue­bec women’s team at the Fran­co­phonie Games in the last decade. He has been an as­sis­tant coach at two pre­vi­ous games; 2009 in Beirut, Le­banon and 2001 in Ot­tawa and Gatineau.

Canada has strug­gled in the past at this event. Perno hopes to turn that around in 2013 as he takes the reigns. The pro­gram has been set up to mir­ror the tac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal ap­proach of Canada Bas­ket­ball. It will also be a way for the 18-25 year olds to pre­pare them­selves for the next step. Perno will at­tend the se­nior national team camp in Toronto in May to gain a greater un­der­stand­ing of what type of player they are look­ing for.

“We ex­pect to change this year,” said Perno. “The group we have and the train­ing reg­i­men we are putting into place should help us be suc­cess­ful.”

The team will be com­prised mainly of Cégep and univer­sity play­ers from Que­bec. Three play­ers who at­tended NCAA schools will also par­tic­i­pate in the train­ing camp that takes place May 10-12. There ex­pected to be about 40 play­ers vy­ing to make one of the 12 spots on the team. Help­ing Perno make his de­ci­sions will be head coach of the UQAM Ci­tadins, Al­bena Bran­zova-Dim­itrova.

The pair of RSEQ coaches will have reg­u­lar prac­tices ev­ery two week­ends. They are also in the works to host an in­ter­na­tional event in Au­gust where they hope to get some qual­ity pre-com­pe­ti­tion games.

The sev­enth Jeux de la Fran­co­phonie will have 57 states and gov­ern­ments tak­ing part in com­pe­ti­tion and 20 states ob­serv­ing. In the bas­ket­ball sec­tion 16 teams will com­pete in four pools. Canada-Que­bec will be in Pool A along­side Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Poland. Their progress can be fol­lowed from Septem­ber 6-15 at http:// www.jeux.fran­co­phonie. org/.


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