Meet Our Team

Meet our Board of Directors, Committee Chairs & Technical Directors. These are the people that run the WDBF.

Our staff are dedicated global leaders who strive to improve the sport of Dodgeball in multiple facets. The World Dodgeball Federation is always looking to expand its team. Volunteer with us and shape the future of the sport that you love!

Board Of Directors

Duane Wysynski

President

Duane has been working in sports governance since 1996 and been a part of the dodgeball community since 2006. As a sports administrator, he served for 8 years as Vice President Administration for Athletics Alberta, the governing body for track and field and provincial arm of Athletics Canada.

He served as a board member for the Ontario Special Olympics, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Association of Track and Field Statisticians. Duane is the current president of Dodgeball Canada, and was a founding director of the organization.

Professionally, Duane is the owner of Sertus Solutions Inc, specializing in strategic development and business integration initiatives, and is currently a senior director for the Alberta Urban Municpialities Association. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and is a public speaker on topics of both business development and sports administration.

Brian Li

Deputy President

Brian Li is the current Deputy President of the World Dodgeball Federation, and has been active on the board since 2012. He is also the founder and sports commissioner for the Hong Kong Dodgeball Association. He has been playing competitive dodgeball since 2006, and has won a gold medal at the WDBF World Championships (2012) as captain of the HK Men’s team, and now currently serving as head coach for both the Hong Kong men’s and women’s team.

Outside of dodgeball, Brian is a successful entrepreneur, with active businesses ranging from the biotech/medical industry to sports industry.

Armando Valdes

Treasurer

Armando started playing dodgeball while studying Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and eventually played competitively in the USA Dodgeball league. Upon his return to Mexico in 2015, Armando founded the Mexican Dodgeball Federation with the purpose of introducing the sport to the entire country.

Armando is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded technology companies in the United States and Spain.

Pierre Corvellec

Secretary General

Pierre comes from a circus background and enjoys the challenge of a Rubik’s cube. Spatial problem solving while doing flips made dodgeball a perfect fit.

Pierre’s main priority with the WDBF is to increase inclusiveness and availability into the already warm and welcoming world of dodgeball.

Hippolyte Koum

Vice President – Africa

Staff profile for Hippolyte is coming soon.

Rosie Everett

Vice President – Asia Pacific

Rosie lives and breathes dodgeball. She is president of the Australian Dodgeball Federation and Adelaide Dodgeball. She is also a member of the technical committee. Rosie handles majority of the operations that keep the WDBF functioning and moving forward.

In addition to her administrative tasks, Rosie is also a two-time bronze medalists at the Dodgeball World Championships (2015 & 2017) with Australia.

Max Golda

Vice President – Europe

Dodgeball started growing in Austria in 2012 with one single fun tournament. Max feels lucky that he’s had to chance to participate in it, as he witnesses the sport grow exponentially from there.

Eight years and countless thrown balls later, Max finds himself in the position of European Dodgeball Federation president, head coach of Austria’s national teams and now part of the WDBF family on the global stage. Max is excited to help shape the rise of dodgeball and is working hard so that it continues at it’s current explosive pace. His wish is to see what was once viewed as an elementary school children’s game become a worldwide recognized sport that millions will enjoy.

Jake Mason

Vice President – NAC Region

Jake has been involved in growing the sport of dodgeball in the United States for over 12 years now and is the president and founder of USA Dodgeball – a unified governing body consisting of over 30 member organizations and thousands of players. He founded WeHo Dodgeball, one of the largest LGBTQ+ leagues in the world, and created the Sin City Classic Dodgeball Tournament, one of the largest dodgeball events in the world.

Jake is also a co-founder of the North American & Caribbean Dodgeball Association. He also sits as a founding advisory board member of the Compete Sports Diversity Council – a global network of sports organizations and leaders focused on helping further diversity in sports.

Jake has been involved with the WDBF Dodgeball World Championships since 2013 either on camera or working hard behind the scenes.

Diego Bertola

Vice President – Latin America

Diego has been the president of Newell’s Old Boys Club since 2016 which today also houses Argentina’s Dodgeball headquarters.

Diego’s mission is to make dodgeball an extremely important sport in Latin America – and through the sport – promote inclusion. Diego believes and promotes the teamwork values of dodgeball which not only make us better on the court, but also off the court as a society.

Committee Chairs

Alex Svetlovsky

Technical 

Staff profile for Alex is coming soon.

Ben Hoyle

Competitions

Staff profile for Ben is coming soon.

Alex Young

Athletes

Alex is a current member of the Australian women’s national team, bringing 5 years of playing experience to the squad. She is currently undertaking a Business and Sport Management degree at LaTrobe Univeristy in Melbourne.

She is passionate about contributing to the sport, both on and off the court, applying her knowledge from her sport management studies to the growing dodgeball community.

Armando Valdes

Audit

Armando started playing dodgeball while studying Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and eventually played competitively in the USA Dodgeball league. Upon his return to Mexico in 2015, Armando founded the Mexican Dodgeball Federation with the purpose of introducing the sport to the entire country.

Armando is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded technology companies in the United States and Spain.

Victor Gravilli

Coaching

Victor is one of the leading dodgeball coaches internationally with over a decade worth of accolades and experiences to his name.

Victor is credited with developing the top collegiate program (Humber Lakeshore) in Canada and has led the Canadian National team since 2015 – capturing several medals along the way, including top honours.

Duane Wysynski

Governance

Duane has been working in sports governance since 1996 and been a part of the dodgeball community since 2006. As a sports administrator, he served for 8 years as Vice President Administration for Athletics Alberta, the governing body for track and field and provincial arm of Athletics Canada.

He served as a board member for the Ontario Special Olympics, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Association of Track and Field Statisticians. Duane is the current president of Dodgeball Canada, and was a founding director of the organization.

Professionally, Duane is the owner of Sertus Solutions Inc, specializing in strategic development and business integration initiatives, and is currently a senior director for the Alberta Urban Municpialities Association. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and is a public speaker on topics of both business development and sports administration.

Sharmin Chowdhury

A.W.A.D

Sharmin is the founder and CEO of SHI Bangladesh (Sport for Hope & Independence) and a law graduate of the University of Dhaka. She previously worked with the British High Commision as well as the UNB (United News of Bangladesh.)

Sharmin worked as a legal assistant in a human rights training program in Bangladesh. She is a dedicated social activist working toward social change since the early 1990’s. She primarily works with her organization which helps develop disability access to sports, able bodied sports and girls empowerement in Bangladesh.

Darko Sarovic

Medical & Anti-Doping

Darko is a medical doctor with a Bachelor in psychology, currently doing a PhD in child psychiatry, and a residency in radiology. He was previously an elite sprinter for the Serbian National Athletics team (Balkan 100m champion, national 100m record holder, several-fold national champion), and is currently an athlete and team doctor for the Swedish National Dodgeball team (Central European Mixed vice-Champion, Men’s World Championship qualifier).

Darko was previously the Medical Director and chief physician for the European Athletic Association for a European Championship, and he’s bringing this experience to the WDBF. Given that the medical committee is new in the organization, Darko is hoping to help build the foundation for a safe future for the sport of Dodgeball and its athletes.

Technical Directors

Rosie Everett

Director of Operations

Rosie lives and breathes dodgeball. She is president of the Australian Dodgeball Federation and Adelaide Dodgeball. She is also a member of the technical committee. Rosie handles majority of the operations that keep the WDBF functioning and moving forward.

In addition to her administrative tasks, Rosie is also a two-time bronze medalists at the Dodgeball World Championships (2015 & 2017) with Australia.

Marko Bilandzija

Director of Media & Marketing

Marko’s involvement in sport started at a very young age and never ceased. His main loves are football (soccer) volleyball, and now dodgeball.

Marko started playing dodgeball in 2011 in an adult recreational league. After moving cities for work, Marko eventually returned to Winnipeg and continued playing dodgeball with his recreational team, the Oxford Commas. From here on, he got involved in all aspects of the game from reffing up to competetive play. With a strong background in communications, Marko joined the WDBF Media Team as a contributor and worked his way up to the director role where he is helping shape the new look of world dodgeball.

Zigmas Maloni

Director of Statistics

Spotting a need for good documentation, Zigmas started his career with the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association in late 2010 by rewriting the rulebook and keeping match by match records. He served as President and Director of Officiating on the NCDA Executive Board from 2013 through 2018.

A wealth of records allowed his development of the Gonzalez Rating system, which has been adopted by the WDBF for Global Rankings. Zigmas played with the DePaul Dodgeball Society starting in 2007, and is the Curator at a craft beer café in Highwood, IL, USA. He loves to see match results flow in.

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