TORONTO (May 3, 2017) - After several months of qualifiers, trials and a National tournament in Halifax that saw over 250 of Canada’s strongest and most passionate dodgeball athletes showcase their talents, the 2017 Team Canada rosters have been decided. On behalf of dodgeball communities from across the country, we thank everyone for their passion and appreciation for the process and embracing the connections and bridges being built across Canada.
The National Team Selections Committee (NTSC) deliberated in-person on the talent being represented from coast-to-coast and constructively have built a men’s and women’s team adhering to the 2017 Team Canada vision, as both programs look to capture success on home soil. At this time, Dodgeball Canada would like to thank the following members of the NTSC for their relentless effort, thoughtful considerations, commitment and time they’ve invested to build Team Canada.
VICTOR GRAVILI, HEAD COACH, TEAM CANADA IAN HOFER, DODGEBALL EDMONTON, ALBERTA ALEX SVETLOVSKY, DODGEBALL OTTAWA, ONTARIO MAT KLACHEFSKY, DODGEBALL WINNIPEG, MANITOBA JANA GHALAYINI, LIGUE DE DODGEBALL DU QUEBEC, QUEBEC CHILI AWAD, NOVA SCOTIA DODGEBALL, NOVA SCOTIA MATTHEW LAWRENCE, DODGEBALL PEI, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND BETHEL LASCANO, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, DODGEBALL CANADA (non-voting and silent member)
**** We now ask you to join us in celebrating and welcoming your 2017 Team Canada athletes!
2017 TEAM CANADA – WOMENS PROGRAM
JEN RITCHIE JESSICA O’QUINN SHAUNA ROE LYNN KIRKPATRICK AMÉLIE BYAM HALEN SKY CELINE GIROUARD GUYLAINE SAN FILLIPO
2017 TEAM CANADA – MENS PROGRAM
ERIC CERRUDO MATTHEW GARCIA-SILVEIRA JOSHUA HUESTIS JONAH KOPLOWITZ MICHAEL LASIUK JASON MERGLER JEFF SNOW CAMERON RANACHAN
“I first want to thank all athletes across the country for their dedication and effort at the 2017 National Tournament held in Halifax. The present and future of Canadian dodgeball shines bright and I look forward to working with dodgeball communities across the country in the coming months and years to grow the competitiveness of our Canadian athletes. At this time, I join you all in welcoming our 2017 Team Canada athletes. I am ecstatic about the talent and experience joining Team Canada and our hard work and robust training program begins now. Our commitment to delivering a winning product that adheres to Team Canada’s core philosophies and vision will not waver and I look forward to sharing our future success with Canadian dodgeball players in October.” – Victor Gravili, Head Coach, Team Canada