ATLANTIC CUP - MEET THE TEAMS - CANADA
Dodgeball Canada are an inspiring organisation focused on the development of players of all ages and skill levels across the country.
Their national team is of world recognition with WDBF World Dodgeball Championships Standings from 2018 seeing the Women placed as the 3rd best in the world, with their Men at 4th. With a lot of stamina and skill in techniques of foam, Canada is going to prove to be an incredible participant in the Atlantic Cup, with an extremely high standard to uphold in foam, and a hunger to prove their strength in cloth. Any team will be wise to take caution when up against this astounding team.
We spoke to a collection of their players to understand their love for the sport:
'What attracted me to dodgeball was how much fun it was playing in grade school. Throwing dodgeballs at teachers and classmates and not getting in trouble for it? Now that was a blast!
The dodgeball community is an amazing one to be a part of. The other players have kept me coming back to the sport as an adult since 2009. I’ve been lucky enough to have been a member of Team Canada since 2013. I also co-own a league in Ontario called Dodgeball Toronto.
Oh, and fun fact - I can throw with both arms.'
'Unlike Jeff, I throw with one arm, though I’ve been playing since 2006. I’m proud to be part of an amazing community of athletes and to have had the honour of being named captain for Team Canada at the 2018 WDBF (World Dodgeball Federation) Championships in Los Angeles.'
'After graduating university in South Carolina, I hung up my cleats as a softball athlete, but was looking for a new challenge. My sister asked me to sub in her recreational dodgeballl team. Since then I’ve played cloth for six years and am going into my third year with foam.
In 2018, I participated in both WDA (World Dodgeball Association) & WDBF national teams. I’ve learned so much this past year from WDBF Team Canada Head Coach Victor Gravili and my teammates. I’m eager to put some new strategies in my game to test and continue growing as a player.'
'I’ve been playing dodgeball since 2011, when a friend asked me to sub for his team. All it took was one game to get hooked! In 2018 I was lucky enough to be selected to compete as a part of Team Canada at the WDBF World Championships.
I love this sport and everything that comes with it. I grew up playing a variety of sports, but the dodgeball community is truly one of the most unique and inclusive ones I’ve ever been a part of. It’s given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people from all over the world and provided me with countless one of a kind experiences.
More than that, if it weren’t for dodgeball, I would not be in the best physical shape I have ever been in. It was the motivation I needed to make a complete lifestyle change, and was the main driving force that caused me to dedicate myself to a healthy and active lifestyle which helped me lose roughly 80 lbs. I genuinely don’t know that I could have done it otherwise.'
Canada is one of the nations coming together to celebrate dodgeball and give their all at the inaugural Atlantic Cup. You don't want to miss this - find out about the event here: