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Scotland Highlanders Trials

Scotland Trials

Scotland Highlanders are holding open trials this December in preparation for the 2018 International season. An amazing opportunity to try out to represent your national team.

In 2018 the Scotland Highlanders will be competing in the North European Championships in Middlesbrough the World Cup in New York and the European Championships in Italy.

When: December 2nd 2017; 11am - 5pm

Where: Kelvin Hall Leisure Centre, Glasgow

Contact: scotland.highlanders@britishdodgeball.com

Price: £10

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Feature Player: Kelly Bowen

Kelly Bowen

Feature Player is an opportunity to celebrate people who go above and beyond within dodgeball. This week our choice is of someone who unquestionably drives the sport forward with a proactive and determined attitude. Over time, her love and belief in the sport has only grown, and she inspires that in those around her. When on the court, she plays to top level as a major part within a team, and holds her own when the pressure is on.

FEATURE PLAYER
KELLY BOWEN

We spoke to Kelly about a number of things, have a read:

So how did it begin, when and where did you start playing dodgeball?

I started playing dodgeball at the University of Winchester in 2011. My housemates dragged me along to the taster session exceptionally hungover and I was the only one that kept going! That was the first year Winchester had a lot of interest from women and developed the University’s first women’s team.

What is it about the sport that keeps you playing?

I love everything about the sport. I love the high paced and competitive nature, which means I can continually set myself goals which require me to challenge myself. I am continually striving to be the best I can be and for my team to achieve the best we can. I also love the friendly nature of the sport; I’ve met my best friends through the sport and continue to make new friends and meet fab new people all the time. There are people I’m close with and still see regularly from all the teams I’ve played on. My house at University was known as ‘dodgeball house’ because we were a group of friends who all met through the sport; needless to say we were the base for many socials.

If you had a dodgeball superpower, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to fly! You could never technically go out of bounds and fancy flips for dodges would become the norm.

What makes playing in Wessex Wolves special for you?

The Wolves was set up the year before I finished Uni by the people I was closest with, so it was an exciting move for me to make. Since joining I’ve invested a lot of time in developing the club to make it the best it can be and I love seeing the growth of all the players and teams. I love playing for the Wolves because I get to play with my friends at a high level. Everyone at the club is so friendly and has a great sense of humour which makes the time on court and off court incredibly enjoyable.

If you had a Kelly Bowen dodgeball theme tune, what would the song be?

That is a really tough question – I’m not much of a music aficionado. I would probably say (after quite some thinking) Under Pressure by Queen, because I think I play best when the atmosphere is really intense and there’s a lot riding on the game or situation.

What is your most memorable moment in the sport?

Again another tough question as I’ve got so many with so many different people. I think I’ll say the moment I won my first ever medal whilst on the Winchester Bullettes. It was the South Coast Open 2012 and we came second after beating Bedford Bulls in the semi and then losing to the Dodgettes in the final. It was an incredible day and I still remember our celebration afterwards and calling my mum at the end of the day to tell her what happened. You don’t forget the feeling of your first medal, just makes you want more!

What is your greatest achievement in dodgeball?

I’ve got a couple of particularly great medal achievements in national and international dodgeball which mean something special to me, but I think my greatest achievement is when the Wolves achieved promotion to the top level competition of the sport. We went the entire league season without losing a game and followed it by coming in the top 5 of the next league. It’s an achievement because it was hard fought, particularly against close competition Meteors, with a fun and supportive team, even if heated at times!

What is your belief for the future of dodgeball?

I believe this sport is going to continue to grow rapidly. It is such an accessible and enjoyable sport to play meaning it has a very high appeal. As a teacher, I see and hear about the high level of interest that children have in the sport and how many sport coaching companies are now offering it as part of their programme of study. If we continue to gain the interest of children and young people the sport will have a very successful future.

What are your aspirations for the first British Dodgeball season?

I can’t wait to see what this season brings. We’ve got a new line up with some new faces on the Wolves team so it will be exciting to see some new players develop and the new team develop cohesion and playing styles on court. I’m really excited about the first open the Wolves are playing in as it is bound to be a competitive, fun and well run event!

Feature Player: Brett Koenig

Brett Koenig

British Dodgeball celebrates the people who make the sport of dodgeball happen.

We are pleased to be launching our FEATURE PLAYER section to what we do. Feature Player highlights those who are passionate in so many ways within the sport. It is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on people who care about the sport, and the sport is grown by having them.

FEATURE PLAYER - BRETT KOENIG
LUTTERWORTH METEORS

Brett has been chosen for his absolute living and breathing of the sport. A great athlete and an active participant in the development of the sport. Not afraid of having a laugh off court, but when the heat turns on in the game, he get's serious and gives his all. A true dodgeball player.

We spoke to Brett wanting to get to know him a little more, have a read:

Where did your journey into dodgeball begin?

I first started playing dodgeball at my year 8 school tournament! As i remember there were 15 people on each side and around 10 dodgeballs. We managed to win the whole school event and I searched for a club from there. My neighbour then told me of a local class at the Lutterworth sports centre. I went along, had a brilliant time and I have never looked back since

Why do you love this sport?

I love this sport on many levels. Firstly, as a game it is incredibly fun, active and addictive to play. I have participated in school tournaments all the way up to the World Cup final and I am completely hooked on the sport. Anyone can pick up a dodgeball and play. I love that it is inclusive and allows a wide range of players to play.
Secondly, I love the opportunities that come with dodgeball. I have travelled around Europe and as far as America to play the sport we love. I have made lifelong friends and my life is heavily taken up by dodgeball and I wouldn't change it. The dodgeball family is a diverse and amazing group of people and I am pleased to have had the chance to meet so many great players.

If you had a dodgeball superpower, what would it be?
Oohm tough question! I think a way to slow down time whilst the balls have been thrown - like quicksilver off of X men! - The possibilities would be endless - backflip, quadruple catch anyone? 😉

How is it to play alongside your brother in the sport?
I absolutely love getting the chance to play dodgeball alongside my brother. We are the best of mates off court and I was delighted when he joined our side. He has progressed into a fantastic young player and the chemistry we have on court both playing and messing around is brilliant! Hopefully he stays in the sport for many years to come!

If there was one bit of Brett merchandise, what would it be?
another good question! I have always loved the idea of having a sports clothing line, it has to be the pinnacle of any sportsman, right? So maybe a customised trainer range, that would be pretty cool!

What's your most hilarious moment in the sport?
Me and my brother both fell over and into each other on court, and sort of simultaneously hugged to remain upright, and then burst into laughter, I think one of us then may have got hit!

What makes this sport special?
The people within it. Everyone in dodgeball seems to share a big love and addiction. The passion is driving the sport forward and it is gaining huge global recognition. I recently competed in Chicago and me and my teammates were recognised by people across the world, the reach of dodgeball is amazing within our growing community!

What does Lutterworth Meteors mean to you?
The Lutterworth Meteors is a special sports team to me. I feel very close to the team as I founded the club with Simon Jones. When you've built a club from scratch and seen it grow from struggling to win a game to then winning every major in the UK team, it makes me incredibly proud. The chemistry in our team is phenomenal, we have a massive laugh and are great friends on and off the court. Granted, it can get heated between us, but the passion and desire to win can lead to that, but we all hug it out at the end of the day 😛

Where are your dreams in the sport?
I hope to continue to play at the top level both at club level and for my country. I am privileged to have played in the best competitions with some amazing competitors and that drives me to train harder and continue to deliver for the Meteors and England Lions. The dream in the short to medium term is to be selected for England to compete in NYC to play at Madison Square Garden next year. In the longer term it would be to see dodgeball in the Olympics.

The Lutterworth Meteors Dodgeball Team

Feature Player: Maisie Waldren

Maisie Waldren

When we choose a feature player, it is in many ways quite a moving experience. The journey British Dodgeball has been on in these early months has been something incredible and we are honoured and so proud to be working with you all to develop the sport for all it deserves. This journey however would not be possible without all of you.

This feature player has been chosen for the amazing input and drive they have in dodgeball on and off court. She plays as one of the strongest players in the UK and has seen many awards come to her and her team. Amongst disciplined and strategic play, her involvement and voice within the community around dodgeball is one that resonates with a belief in something big and positive for the sport.

It is an honour to celebrate a player as this and we hope you all enjoy the feature.

FEATURE PLAYER
MAISIE WALDREN
Bedford Mighty Eagles

- Where did your journey into dodgeball begin? What got you playing?

I actually came across dodgeball accidentally. My housemates at university needed to try out a new sport for their course, which I was dragged along to. I haven’t looked back since!

- What is it about the sport that you love most?

It is definitely the people and the inclusivity of the sport. It’s so easy to get in to and overall, a lot of fun! I am always aiming to flourish and achieve new things at each competition, whilst setting myself goals whether it be tactically or for fitness purposes. I wouldn’t have labelled myself as a competitive individual, but it has certainly brought out a secret streak in me.
The dodgeball community also throw a damn good social when we get together!

- In any sport, which sportsperson do you find most inspiring and why?

Funnily enough, I’m not a huge sports fanatic. Although, I am a big fan of Anthony Joshua, he’s an absolute beast. Started from the bottom and worked his way to the top, whilst being an honourable and humble guy. He’s also nice to look at if you ask me...

- What is it like being part of such a high level and successful club?

There are highs and lows playing at such a high level. The pressure is always on to deliver, which can be difficult at times; on the other hand my team are all naturals at the sport, with years of experience between us.
I honestly don’t know where I would be without my team. My coaches and the players have supported me so much, constantly taking their time to help me achieve my objectives and push me in the right direction. Initially, I didn’t believe that I would even play at the same standard as the girls in my squad, they are outstanding. However, the ladies made me feel equal from the off set, which enabled me to get stuck in. I still have a lot more to give, and I know they still have my back.

- If you had a dodgeball superpower, what would it be?

Probably invisibility, I could sneak up on players and get a cheeky toe shot!

- What are your ambitions within the sport?

My personal ambitions would be to move up the ladder, play internationally and continue to get fitter with a faster throw. I don’t think I will stop until I am there, with my Beagles by my side, but watch this space.
For the sport itself, I focus on spreading the word of dodgeball and encouraging people to get involved. We have a few new players this year and hopefully more to come!

- What is your greatest achievement in dodgeball?

Winning Nationals and DPL with Bedford Eagles. That’s a feeling you can’t shake off!

- What would be your dodgeball theme tune?

This is a tough one. It would probably have to be something tremendously cheesy like ‘Shake it off’... get smacked in the face, it’s all good, just got to shake it off I guess!

- What is your best memory in dodgeball.

There are many memories made in dodgeball, each tournament a different one. I think one of the best was when I played at Bedford Bulls in the second team, we were at South Champs I believe and came third, winning our first ever medal. Not only that, we were also given a position in nationals. That was a great day!