Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe has wanted to play for Team Canada since she joined the performance centre roster at age 16 and was handed her first jersey with the Canada Basketball logo. As a member of the national development team she competed at the 2011 Universiade, averaging 16.1 minutes per game. As a university freshman, Raincock-Ekunwe helped Simon Fraser win the CIS national title in 2009-10, the last year before the school joined the NCAA. Her collegiate career was so impressive that her jersey from the 2012-13 season, when she led SFU to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16, was hung in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee. She gained her first experience with the senior national team in exhibition games leading up to the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament. In 2015 she represented Canada at the Pan American Games in Toronto, as well as at the FIBA Americas Championship, winning a pair of gold medals. Raincock-Ekunwe played professionally in Switzerland in 2013-14 before moving to Germany (2014-16) and then onto Australia in 2016. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Raincock-Ekunwe ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 7.7 points per game and tied for the lead in total rebounds with 36.
Getting to know…
Family: Parents Charles Ekunwe and Denise Raincock… Getting into the Sport: Started playing basketball at age 8… Loved the Toronto Raptors and wanted to be a basketball player when she grew up… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading, practicing languages, exploring new cities… Pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Nay… Game day routine includes eating a big breakfast and watching a movie…
Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2016 - 7th
Pan American Games: 2015 – GOLD
FIBA Americas: 2015 – GOLD
Universiade: 2011 – 6th