World's Largest Dodgeball Game - Alberta Students set Guinness World Record 2011

With a total of 2,012 participants, the University of Alberta struck back Friday and regained the Guinness World Record for the largest dodgeball game — a record they originally set one year ago.
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Last year, the U of A set the record with 1,198 participants. That record stood until last September when the University of California, Irvine set a new record with 1,745 players. However, under the eyes of an official judge from Guinness flown in for the event, the U of A was easily able to regain the record Friday afternoon.

"We did it. We got our goal. We had people in the stands watching and everybody left with a big smile on their face," said Rory Tighe, Students' Union Vice President (Student Life) and organizer of the game. "The national pride definitely came out, the school spirit came out, and the whole community was here so it worked out perfectly."

Spectators included Mayor Stephen Mandel, President Indira Samarasekera, various members of the community, and U of A alumni. The game was preceded by a rendition of "O Canada" by Oilers' anthem singer Paul Lorieau.

After the opening ceremonies, an epic clash between Team Green and Team Gold commenced, with students, alumni, and staff creating a red sky of 1,006 dodgeballs flying back and forth across the floor as a crowd cheered them on.

After 44 minutes and 17 seconds, the Gold Team came out victorious and were able to outlast their green opponents and win for the second year in a row.

The game was an exhilarating experience for all involved and Tighe believes it's something that shows off a great U of A community.
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The game was also a victory for Canada, as the competing record attempts seem to have led to an international feud of sorts between the U of A and UCI. The advertising campaign at UCI motivated students to play because they 'couldn't let those Canadians have the record.'
Tighe said he was surprised at the international competition the dodgeball record sparked.
"To be honest, I was surprised how fast it caught on, that other schools and other institutions were trying to break it," he said. "They tried a few times to break the record and UC Irvine finally succeeded and within months we're smash[ing] that. So I'd like to see their retort after this."

The U of A's latest victory in this feud seems to be in part due to the large following that dodgeball has gained on campus over the past few years. But Tighe sees the event as more than just a simple game of dodgeball.

"It's more about the community spirit, it's just we haven't found anything else that people have responded this well too."

These games may turn into an annual event due to the incredible popularity, and some participants are still hoping that another school will respond to their defeat and continue the feud.

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