Carleton, who plays high school basketball for JMSS, and club ball for the St. Clair JUEL team, is also a current member of the Team Ontario U17 squad. She also represented Team Ontario at the U15 level in both 2011 and 2012.
“Bridget is the hardest working athlete I have ever coached,” said Carleton’s JUEL coach Nicole Quigley.
“She dedicates herself to every part of the game of basketball including consistently working to improve her skills, strength and conditioning. She has a strong understanding of the game at a young age and has natural leadership abilities. I believe Bridget will be representing Canada for many years to come,” continued Quigley.
Carleton will be playing for the Team Canada Cadette Team, which is a stepping stone toward Canada’s Junior National Team and Senior National Team.
A former Chatham-Kent Wildcats star, Carleton was also honoured this Fall by Basketball Ontario, receiving the 2012 U15 Hazel Miner Award. This award is presented to an athlete for their “outstanding contribution to the sport of basketball” in their community and throughout the province of Ontario.
The U16 FIBA Americas Championship features eight countries including Canada, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Venezuala, Peurto Rico, and Brazil.