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Dodgeball in the sunshine raises money for young campers

Jul 15 2012
Peter Collins of Team Blue Balls take aim during the 8th Annual Victoria Dodgeball Championships at Royal Athletic Park. 

Peter Collins of Team Blue Balls take aim during the 8th Annual Victoria Dodgeball Championships at Royal Athletic Park.

Photograph by: Lyle Stafford , timescolonist.com (July 2012)

The Victoria Dodgeball Championships took place outdoors for the first time Saturday, giving competitors the chance to hone their skills in the sunshine.

The tournament, in its eighth consecutive year, was moved from its venue of previous years, Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, to Royal Athletic Park on Cook Street.

“This year we decided to freshen it up,” said Lesley Petrie, facility and events co-ordinator for the City of Victoria. “It’s a different way to get people active.”

The tournament attracted 42 teams, each with six to eight members. The co-ed teams could play recreationally or competitively, allowing players of any standard to participate.

Hosting the tournament outside changes the mood, Petrie said. “It’s such a fun festive atmosphere,” she said.

Teams tested their dodging ability in a total of 800 games. Many teams were made up of friends and companies were also represented.

Each player paid $30 to take part. All proceeds from the tournament, which says it is the largest in Canada, go to the city’s Campership program. The program allows families to send their children to a summer camp of their choice, providing the family with up to $150 in financial support. Last year, the tournament raised enough cash for 50 children to attend camp.

“Those are children who wouldn’t get to otherwise,” Petrie said. “We just try and raise as much as we can.”

cclancy@timescolonist.com

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