TEAM: Basketball POSITION: Guard BORN: Feb. 22, 1996 SCHOOL: St. Thomas More High School; University of Connecticut
ALTHOUGH SHE’S THE youngest member of the Canadian women’s basketball team, Nurse has made a huge impact on the national program.
In 2012 she captained Canada’s team to a bronze medal at the u-17 world championship and the next year made the senior team, helping them to a berth in the 2014 world championships where they finished fifth, Canada’s best result in 28 years.
Her 33 points against the heavily favoured U.S. when Canada won the gold medal at last summer’s Pan Am Games is the stuff of legend and led to the Canadian Olympic Committee naming her as flag bearer for the closing ceremonies.
Last August, she averaged 13 points per game in the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament, where Canada secured a berth for Rio nearly a year before the Games.
Nurse is from a prominent Hamilton athletic family.
Her father Richard played for the Tiger-Cats and her mother Kathy played basketball at McMaster. Her older brother Darnell plays for the NHL’S Edmonton Oilers and her older sister Tamika was on the junior national team and played at the University of Oregon.
Nurse led St. Thomas More to three provincial basketball titles and her UConn team has won the NCAA title in both of her two years there.
“We won’t be shy to tell you the goal is to come home with a medal,” Nurse says of the Rio Games. “We understand we have to peak at the right time, but we have the potential, and the sky’s the limit.”