Dodgeball fun started from fair

Winning teams of the Great Eastern Life Open category celebrating their success during the Live Great Dodgeball Open 2017.

DODGEBALL fever in Penang began in 2015 with the first Star FitForLife fair in the state.

Twenty-odd players got hooked and following that fair, they started playing in a futsal arena in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam to practise the game.

“We formed the dodgeball court lines with rope and kept urging the arena owners to paint the lines until they finally did so a year later,” said Legency Tar dodgeball team captain Satoshi Wakamatsu, a Penangite whose father is Japanese.

Wakamatsu’s team of Great Eastern Life insurance agents bagged the first prize of RM500 in the Great Eastern Life Open category of the Live Great Dodgeball Open of the Star FitForLife Penang 2017 health and wellness fair on Saturday.

“It was because of this fair that dodgeball became a hit in Penang.

“Now there are several hundred players, with teams in schools and Universiti Sains Malaysia too.

“You will find us practising at the futsal arena six days a week,” Wakamatsu said.

In second place were team Legency, who won RM300, and third place went to team Legency Hurricane who took home RM200.

The fair saw dodgeball tournaments taking place throughout the three days and contests were divided into Under 18 Co-Ed Open, Great Eastern Life teams and Co-Ed Open.

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