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Women's basketball at IMG Academy takes on international flair

Bradenton, Fla. (July 11, 2012) – After the spring departure of some of its top performers to NCAA DI schools, IMG Academy is reloading for the 2012-13 academic year with a distinctly international flair. This season, the team will feature several players who are also members of the women’s national teams in their home countries.

They include:

Twin sisters Audrey-Ann and Khaléann Caron-Goudreau are two highly accomplished players hailing from Quebec, Canada. Both were members of the SSF Blizzard 2012 Juvenile AAA state champion team, the 2012 Canadian U-17 National Team and the Canadian U-16 National Team. Individually, Audrey-Ann has earned a number of MVP awards from Nicolas-Gatineau High School, and tournament MVP distinctions over the last few years. Khaléann has also distinguished herself on the hardwood, having earned a state semi-final MVP in 2010 and state final MVP in 2012, as well as in the classroom as a member of the All-Academic team.

Rina Hill and her younger sister Ellie join IMG Academy from Nagoya, Japan. A nine-year veteran to the sport, Rina is a member of Japan’s U-17/ U-18 National Team that placed 2nd in the Asian Championships and 5th in the World Championships. Ellie picked up the sport after watching her sister, and has played on her school’s team for several years. Both girls decided to attend IMG to train under Coach Shell Dailey and for the opportunity to play basketball at an international level.

The two pairs of sisters are joined by Weronica Green, a native of Oslo, Norway, and a member of the Norwegian Women’s National Team. Green helped the U-18 Women’s National Team compete in the Nordic and European Championships in 2011, and win the 2012 Nordic Women’s League season championship. She has received multiple All-Star Awards from camps in England, Spain and Norway.

The team is led by coach Shell Dailey, who played for the University of Texas and helped lead her team to four conference championships and one Final Four appearance. As a coach, Dailey held posts at the University of Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M, TCU, and with the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars. Over the years, Dailey has personally coached more than 50 WNBA players, and 20 USA Basketball and Olympic players. In its young history, the IMG Academy women’s basketball program has developed many standout players, many of whom moved on to Division I. Notable alumni of the program include Monique Alexander (UCLA), Marisa Gobuty (Syracuse), Sharielle Smith (Florida), Briahanna Jackson (UCF) and Danielle Kennebrew (Xavier).

For more information about the basketball program at IMG Academy, visit: www.imgacademy.com/girls-basketball-academy.

About IMG Academy

IMG Academy, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and education complex. For more than 30 years, IMG Academy has helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in and out of sport, by providing world-class coaching, tailored programs and professional facilities within an energetic environment across a 450-acre campus.

Today the Bradenton, Fla.-based campus attracts 30,000 athletes from nearly 100 countries annually. IMG Academy offers youth camp and academy programs in baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis, in addition to training opportunities for professional athletes, teams and leagues. IMG Academy also runs a series of events on its campus and throughout the country on an annual basis.

For more information about IMG camps, programs and events, please visit our website at www.imgacademy.com.

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