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What Does Dodgeball Ottawa Mean to Me?

We are looking to hear from people in our community. Please share your story with us for our new series called, “What Does Dodgeball Ottawa Mean to Me”. We are looking to hear why you continue to participate in Dodgeball Ottawa and what the sport of Dodgeball has done for you.

Our series begins with a story from Alex Svetlovsky who shared the following:

“I started playing dodgeball with DBO during a particularly rough period of time in my life. Through a bit of a chance family/friends dinner out, Lynn and Spencer invited me to their drop-in on Wednesdays at the old Louisa gym. They talked about this game of dodgeball with real passion – they drew me in with their stories and obvious love of the game.

Still, I waited a few months before just randomly showing up one day. I fell in love instantly.

From that week onward, I made it a priority to come to drop-in on Wednesdays. Very soon after joining, I started to be invited to the social at the Arrow and Loon afterwards. These new friends were reaching out to someone they barely knew, including them in the group. The warmth and friendship kept me coming back, and back again.

Unbeknownst to those around me I was going through a very rough time. Relationship breakdowns, emotional stress. Having to count every dollar just to make ends meet. Nothing but uncertainty for the future.

No matter how broke I was, I made sure I had the money that week for the drop-in fee, a beer, and a half-price meal. Wednesday night became a refuge from the rest of my life, a place of warmth, comfort, and competition. It was a night I would not trade for anything.

In my time of need the DBO community was there for me, whether they knew it or not. They still are.

That is what I love about this community. DBO is more than a set of rules, balls, and a gym with people playing in it. It’s a shoulder I can lean on, a hand reaching out to pick me up when I’m down, and a constant friend.”

Ottawa Qualifier Tournament – Team Canada

This past Sunday on February 12, 2017, Ottawa held the Dodgeball Canada Qualifier Tournament for the Team

Beavertails: Jessica Gray, Erin Mersereau, Lynn Kirkpatrick, Amélie Byam, Stephanie Ness and Connor Cooper

Canada selection process for men and women. Players from Ottawa as well as players from across Ontario battled for the chance to move forward to the National Championship Tournament and Tryout this April in Halifax.

We are proud to announce that the two winning teams were all made up of Dodgeball Ottawa players! Winning the women’s division was team Beavertails and winning the men’s division was team Fury

Fury: Joel Menger, Jeff Nuyens, Spencer Sarault, Kevin Wu, Mahmoud (Moody) Yusuf, Alex Savard and Chris Wood

 

 

 

 

Although these are the only teams that qualified to move forward, Ottawa players displayed tremendous skill and caliber throughout the tournament. We would like to thank everyone who participated and supported the teams playing.

 

CTV News as well as Metro News came out to catch some of the action.

Check out the video from CTV News which features interviews with Tony Nguyen and Lynn Kirkpatrick. Lynn was also interviewed by Metro News in their printed article. Cameo appearances from many other Dodgeball Ottawa players in both news links! Check them out!