For the second year in a row, the Dodgeball Ontario Provincial Championships will take place at Queen’s University here in Kingston.
The 2023 championship games will “take centre court” at Mitchell Hall, located at 69 Union Street on Queen’s campus, on February 18 and 19, according to a release from Tourism Kingston. Over 200 athletes from across Ontario will compete in men’s and women’s divisions using the official World Dodgeball Federation (WDBF) rules for foam-style dodgeball.
The top-ranking teams from this weekend event will advance to the Dodgeball Canada National Championships, which will be held in Montreal in April.
“This event brings the best athletes in the province together to compete for the coveted title of Provincial Champion,” said Bianca Segatto, President of Dodgeball Ontario. “Many of these athletes were members of Team Canada at the 2022 World Championships where Canada took gold in women’s and mixed divisions and the men took bronze. These are some of the best dodgeball athletes in the world right here in our backyard.”
According to the release, dodgeball is rapidly growing as a competitive sport with Provincial Sport Organizations across Canada and national sports bodies all over the world.
“It’s a fast-paced sport with athleticism and strategy. You see these athletes competing with such intensity and realize just how far the sport has evolved and it’s thrilling to watch,” added Segatto. “We hope to see the growth of dodgeball leagues locally and have a Kingston team represented at our next event.”
Tourism Kingston invites the community to “join the action” from 9 a.m. to 6 pm on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023. Spectators are welcome to attend free of charge, and for those who can’t attend in person, games will be live streamed on Twitch @DodgeballTTV.
Find out more about Dodgeball Ontario on their website. Details and schedule for the Provincial Championships can be found on the 2023 Dodgeball Ontario Provincial Championships webspage.