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2019 National Squad Selection Committee 

As chosen by their respective provincial sporting organizations (PSOs), Dodgeball Canada welcomed the following leaders to the 2019 National Squad Selection Committee (NSSC). The committee was tasked with evaluating all participating athletes at the Dodgeball Canada National Championships held in Charlottetown, PEI from April 4–7, 2019 and selecting the 2019 National Squad.

 

Information about the National Squad can be found here.

The 2019 Voting Members of the NSSC

Victor Gravili
Chair of the NSSC (Head Coach, Team Canada)

 

Victor Gravili is one of the world’s top dodgeball coaches. With a decade of head coaching experience in the sport, Gravili has had success at every level. He is credited for building one of the top National programs in the world, and the best collegiate program (Humber College) in the country. His 131-1-15 record in the OCR and 19 OCR championships makes him one of the all-time OCR coaching leaders in both wins and championships.

In 2015, Gravili was named head coach of Canada Womens and added Canada Mens to his responsibilities in 2016, both roles he continues to hold. In international play, he’s one of the all-time leaders in both matches coached and wins. Under his leadership, he has guided Team Canada to five medals including a gold, two silver and two bronze.

Gravili has chaired the National Squad Selection Committee (NSSC) since it’s inception in 2016 and is one of the founding members of Dodgeball Canada, currently serving a second term as Director of Player and Sport Development on the Board of Directors.

Duane Wysynski
NSSC Representative (Dodgeball Alberta)
 

Duane Wysynski has been playing organized dodgeball in Alberta since 2006. Duane’s experience in the sport of dodgeball extends to draft leagues, tournaments, charity events and a variety of league teams over the past decade.

 

As a Sports Administrator, he served for 8 years as Vice President Administration for Athletics Alberta, the governing body for track and field in the province and the provincial arm of Athletics Canada, and has been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Association of Track and Field Statisticians.. He has a Masters in Business Administration.

 

Currently, Duane serves as the president of Dodgeball Canada and president of the World Dodgeball Federation (WDBF), providing both organizations with strategic direction to further the growth of the sport. Duane was a member of the 2016 and 2018 NSSC and will bring his abundance of experience to the committee this year.

Matt Klachefsky
NSSC Representative (Dodgeball Manitoba)
 

Mat Klachfsky has been playing dodgeball in Manitoba since 2006. In 2014 he assembled Manitoba Triumph, the first travelling Manitoban team, to compete and win at the National Dodgeball League’s world championship in Las Vegas. Mat is heavily involved in the Winnipeg Dodgeball community and beyond, acting as head referee for Dodgeball Winnipeg and organizing multiple successful tournaments, most notably the 2018 National Championships at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg, MB. He has also organized the Provincial Championship qualifiers for Dodgeball Canada and the Canadian Dodgeball Association.

 

Mat has served on the NSSC in 2016 and 2017, and was the head referee for the WDBF World Championship in Toronto, ON in 2017. When not involved with Dodgeball, Mat can be found directing YMCA-YWCA summer camps and talking about Dodgeball.

Chilli Awad
NSSC Representative (Nova Scotia Dodgeball)
 

Chilli has been involved in sport for the past 35 years. He has participated in 'too many sports' to list at an elite level and has many years under his belt as a coach and athlete. Through his past work he has had the privilege of helping many professional and youth sport organizations, as well as Canadian and American national governing bodies, grow their membership.

 

Chilli served on the NSSC in 2017 and joined Team Canada as a special advisor to the GM and Coach in 2018. He has been playing dodgeball for the past 12 years, and was part of Team Nova Scotia when they won bronze at the 2016 National Championships.

 

He and his wife Lisa play locally with Nova Scotia Dodgeball and Chilli also participates in many of the yearly big tournaments across Canada. You might recognize him as the big fella who has pretty decent hands or his unorthodox underhand throw. 

 

Chilli has started to coach his 5-year-old daughter Brianna in various sports, but has been pelting her with dodgeballs since she was 2 - look out for her on the scene in 2029.

 

Best of luck at this year’s tournament - play hard, treat your teammates, opponents and officials with respect, and for the love of god take your outs!

Beth Villeseche
NSSC Representative (Dodgeball Ontario)

Considered one of the pioneers of women’s dodgeball in Canada, Beth has over 12 years of direct playing experience and countless accolades than span across a decade and around the world.

Representing Canada twice on the international stage, Beth was an integral member of the historic 2013 Canada Womens team that last won gold at the WDBF World Championship. She is a two-time Nationals champion (2015 and 2017) and has an abundance tournament and league championships to her name, including 3 gold medals at the National Dodgeball Festival.

In 2018, Beth was a member of the NSSC and was selected to join the coaching staff as an assistant for Canada Womens, a role she will continue in 2019. Most recently, she was a member of Dodgeball Ontario’s selection process (PTSC). 

Joshua Simon
NSSC Representative (Dodgeball PEI)
 

Joshua Simon founded the PEI Dodgeball Club in 2002 and was president for 7 years. He was the first coach for the PEI women's team in 2017, and is trained as a WDBF referee. He is treasurer and one of the organizers on the 2019 Nationals Committee. He has been involved in numerous fundraisers, tournaments, and events both off Island and hosted by Dodgeball PEI. 

 

He is the owner of Charlottetown Sport and Social, volunteers on several Not-For-Profit boards, is the Controller for a group of private companies on PEI and is a Chartered Accountant.

Jana Ghalayini
NSSC Representative (Fédération Québécoise De Dodgeball)

 

Jana was born in Lebanon, raised in Dubai, and currently based in Montreal. She started playing dodgeball at the age of 21 at Concordia University in 2014. She quickly fell in love with the sport and wanted to help develop and grow it in Montreal; Concordia Dodgeball League was the only dodgeball league in Montreal at that time. She got involved by becoming the vice president marketing in 2015, then vice president external sponsors in 2016, and finally the president in 2017.

 

Jana has been on the selection committee for Quebec’s provincial teams every year since 2017. She has also been the Quebec representative on the national selection committee for the past two years and is extremely excited to be on the committee again this year.

After consideration, the following PSOs chose to abstain from having a representative sit on the 2019 NSSC. 

  • Dodgeball BC (British Columbia)

  • New Brunswick Dodgeball (New Brunswick)

  • Dodgeball NL (Newfoundland) 

  • Saskatchewan Dodgeball (Saskatchewan)