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Gee-Gees add more recruits

Friday June 11, 2010

The Gee-Gees women’s basketball program is pleased to announce that three more recruits have committed to play basketball and pursue their education at the University of Ottawa. Madison Kaneda, Kim Cupid and Tatianna Hanlan will all join the garnet and grey this fall.

At 5’8”, Madison Kaneda will be a real treat for the Gee-Gees in the shooting guard position, offering both great skill and a physical presence. The Vernon, B.C. native previously played two years for the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat and is eager to take her game to the next level.

“The transition from the CCAA to the CIS will be a big step for me but I can't wait, said Kaneda. I have always planned to play two years of college and then step my game up to the CIS level. It will be a challenge, but I couldn't be any more excited.”

She will be studying in Human Kinetics.

An incredibly skilled all-around athlete, Kim Cupid might be sporting the garnet and grey primarily on the court, but she will also be training for track and field on the side. A graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes high school in Guelph, she excelled in basketball, track and field and wrestling. She was an OFSAA wrestling silver medallist as well as an OFSAA long jump finalist.

“She’s quick, athletic, and agile, said head coach Andy Sparks. She may be tiny, but she’s got strength.”

Cupid, who also played for the Sultan Prospects club basketball team in Toronto, will be pursuing a bachelor of arts with a major in music. She says that she still cannot decide whether she prefers basketball or track and field, and is happy to be able to pursue both sports at the University of Ottawa.

“I feel as though my opportunities for basketball have a smaller time line than track, Cupid admitted. I think it would be very difficult to pick up basketball again later on if I chose track as my main sport.”

A graduate of CEGEP John Abbott College, Tatianna Hanlan will be studying in business at the University of Ottawa. The Gatineau, Qué. native played three years for the John Abbott Islanders while she studied in social and commerce studies. A two-time recipient of the CCAA National Scholar Award (2007-08, 2008-09), she demonstrates the true qualities of a student-athlete.

With the possibility of one additional new recruit, Sparks says he looks forward to working with this talented group of young athletes.

“We have recruited versatile players who can play more than one role on the team. It looks like we should have excellent competition in training camp and throughout the year.

The true measure of this year’s recruiting class will only become evident in the coming years. However, I believe we have recruited quality student-athletes who have outstanding character and the ability to become excellent CIS players. I believe this group can grow into a very competitive team in the OUA and hopefully at the national level for years to come.”

The Gee-Gees will have a busy pre-season, opening with exhibition games against Tennessee Martin on the August 17 and Manhattan College on August 27 (both NCAA division 1 teams).