Meet the Windsorite who manage Canada’s national dodgeball teams
Dodgeball may not be an Olympic event, but countries have national teams — and Canada’s teams will be led by a man from Windsor.
As general manager of Dodgeball Canada, Jeremy Renaud will oversee six teams this summer in Edmonton at the national tournament in June and the world tournament, which begins in late August.
There are men’s, women’s, and mixed teams, which compete in two styles of dodgeball play – foam and cloth.
“I think for any Canadian, any guy I know, just representing Canada and managing a national team is a dream come true,” said Renaud, professor of sports management and recreation at St. Clair College.
Two of his students are accompanying him, Eric Dominguez, who will do an internship at Dodgeball Canada, and Christian Oomen, who will be Renaud’s assistant.
They are ready to contribute to the legitimacy of a marginal sport.
“When I told my parents about it, ‘yeah, I’m going to intern for Dodgeball Canada’, they were like, ‘is that a thing’? I was like, yes, I guess so, it’s is now,” Dominguez said. .
“I see it as an opportunity for the growth of the sport nationally, and even internationally.” Omen said.
“The general public will think [of] dodgeball as just a game, the game you played in high school or elementary school, right? But really, it changes from a game to a sport.”
Before the start of the national championships on June 16, there is still time to try. Dodgeball Canada is accepting video submissions until April 22.