By Chris Gregory
Feb. 17, 2015
The growth of dodgeball has surprised even the man in charge of The Island Dodgeball Championship.
Coltin Handrahan, the CEO of the championship, was the president of student council at Colonel Gray High School when they experimented with a small dodge ball tournament.
Fast-forward four years and his IDC team played host to the biggest dodgeball event this Island has ever seen.
“It wasn’t something we saw growing at the rapid pace that it has, it was a steroids growth period for us,” he said with a laugh.
The 2015 event was held Jan. 10 at the Credit Union Place in Summerside and the atmosphere was like nothing they’ve seen before, with 400 more fans than in any year prior, Handrahan said.
“It’s just a phenomenal atmosphere. It really reminded a lot of us of college football or basketball, that type of atmosphere.”
Alyssa MacKinnon, a Morell Regional High School student, volunteered at the championships.
The future of dodgeball on P.E.I. is certainly bright, she said.
“It’s going to continue to grow, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.”
She attended her first IDC tournament in 2013 when it was being held at Colonel Gray High School and she has watched it expand ever since.
“They took this game and let it grow into a movement, a sport. IDC has come so far in such a short time. I don’t think it has a limit.”
In the past, organizations hosting dodgeball events were attracting very small numbers, but that’s not the case anymore.
The 2015 event had 1,800 people from start to finish, and they are looking to top 2,000 in upcoming events, Handrahan said.
“We’re probably the fastest growing sport on P.E.I. right now, which is pretty cool.”
Dodgeball was something students played in gym class, now it’s a sport played at a high level across the island, he said.
“If you look at pretty well any high school across P.E.I. right now, and increasingly junior highs as well, it’s really becoming dominant conversation.”
Dodgeball on the Island is heading in the right direction and there’s no telling how far it could go. It has received international exposure since the 2015 tournament, and the best is yet to come, said Handrahan.
“It’s really something special”