Tuesday, November 11, 2014

USAPA National VI 2015 Winners

USAPA Nationals VI, Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ 11/02/14 - 11/09/14 attracted nearly 700 of the top pickleball players in the world to compete for medals in the age-group categories and awards and prize money in open competition. Congratulations to all the top players!  Top Canadian players Luba Zhekhovskaya (Surrey, BC) won 3 Gold and a Silver medals and Brenda Jmaeff (Kelowna, BC) won a Bronze medal. Top USA players Jennifer Lucore (San Diego, CA) won 4 Gold medals and Christine Barksdale (Vancouver, WA) won 2 Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze medals.    

Saturday, November 1, 2014

PICKLEBALL KELOWNA RAISED $1180.00 FOR FOOD BANK

PICKLEBALL KELOWNA RAISED $1180.00 PLUS A VAN-LOAD OF FOOD IN THE INITIAL "DINKIN’ FOR DOLLARS" TOURNAMENT - HELD SEPTEMBER 20/21, 2014.
Pool Winners Recreational Competitive
Championship Contender Orv Black Ray Gagnon
Championship Pretender Helga Hepditch Bryan Jackson
Bridesmaid Paul Levens Dan Jmaeff
Miss Congeniality Pierre Belcourt Fred Shura
Close But No Cigar Sue Andres Louis Lalonde
Within Reach Val Belcourt Roberta Meakin
Maybe Next Year Maggie McGowan Peter Newton
Maybe In A Couple Years Toni Hay Anne Touw
Also-ran - --------- Doris Albert

A total of 72 combatants took part under sunny skies at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Thank you for what you all did for us at the Kelowna Community Food Bank. Kindest Regards, Tammy Jackson, Revenue Development | Special Events

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pacific Pickleball Palooza Nov 22-23, 2014

Pacific Pickleball Palooza by Fraser Valley Pickleball  Pacific Academy, Surrey, BC  Sat 11/22/14 thru Sun 11/23/14 Men's,Women’s and Mixed Doubles 3.0, 3.5, 4.0+ Registration Fee: $30. Pickleball Canada members will receive a $5 discount off the registration fee.  Each event:$10 (a maximum of two events). Current IFP rules apply. PCO Sanctioned (Tier 3)  http://www.pickleballtournaments.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Videos of Tournament of Champions in Ogden, Utah 2014

Want to see how world-class pickleball is played? Here are the links to the Men’s and Women’s Master’s and Legend’s Gold Medal matches at last month's Tournament of Champions in Ogden, Utah.

Pickleball Tournament of Champions Women's Doubles Gold Legends 2014
Pickleball Tournament of Champions Womens Doubles Gold Masters 2014
Pickleball Tournament of Champions Men's Doubles Gold Legends 2014
Pickleball Tournament of Champions Men's Doubles Gold Masters 2014
Pickleball Tournament of Champions INTERVIEWS

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Canadian Winners at the 2014 Tournament of Champions, Ogden, Utah

Congratulations to Luba Zhekhovskaya from Surrey, B.C. for winning Open Women's Doubles Silver medal and cash prize $1,500 with Che Cui at the 2014 Tournament of Champions, Ogden, Utah.  This Pickleball Tournament has the highest prize money ever in pickleball history showcasing the best 5.0 pickleball players in N. America. 

Congratulations  to Cookie Drake from Cold Lake, Alberta for winning Open Women's Doubles Bronze medal and cash prize $750.  Congratulations also to Jennifer Lucore from California for winning two Gold medals and cash prizes of $6,000. This tournament's total prize money is $46,000, even have cash prizes for 4th, 5th and 6th places winners.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Videos of 2014 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship Open Women's Doubles Finals

2014 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship videos posted on Youtube, Open Women Doubles final matches:  Luba Zhekhovskaya/Christine Barksdale vs Jennifer Lucore/Darcie Jacobsen. .Below are two links to view these videos:

Friday, September 5, 2014

Huge Growth of Pickleball in Private/Public facilities in Canada

Huge Growth of Pickleball in Private/Public facilities in Canada 
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in Canada due to the increasing number of pickleball players and new pickleball clubs and groups forming. New pickleball courts and programs are gaining popularity in both private and public facilities. Many cities/ municipalities and club/groups have painted pickleball lines on tennis courts and/or built dedicated pickleball courts. Public facilities include schools, churches, YMCA/YWCA, Recreation and Community Centres which have drop-in pickleball programs. Private facilities offering pickleball include tennis and golf clubs, fitness centres and senior retirement communities. Below are some private and public facilities which are providing new pickleball courts and programs for the increasing number of pickleball players in their communities.

Agassiz, B.C - City built full size gymnasium for New Pickleball Courts: 

The Community Recreation & Cultural Centre in Agassiz, BC has recently undergone a major expansion that has included a full size gymnasium which will include pickleball. Construction is expected to be completed in early September and they are planning the activities/sports which will include pickleball in the fall schedule and programming.

Port Alberni, B.C. Slammers Gym building Six New Courts: 

Vancouver Island has seen a huge growth of pickleball players and new clubs forming. Port Alberni is the only city on Vancouver Island without a pickleball club. The owner of Slammers Gym in Port Alberni is investing $400,000 to build six new pickleball courts and two volleyball/basketball courts. Port Alberni players will have up to six new courts to use this summer.

Winnipeg, MB - Getting Pickleball started at the YMCA/YWCA:

YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, South Branch is offering new Pickleball Time on Wednesday's 1:00-2:30pm. They would like to arrange for a Representative/Coach to do a demo/clinic if possible to get 'the ball rolling' in September.

Regina Beach, Sask. - The Town of Regina Beach, Saskatchewan wants to introduce Pickleball in the Regina Beach community. They are looking for a representative/coach to host Pickleball workshops in the fall and winter months.

Port Dover, Ontario - Adult Lifestyle Community built Four New Outdoor Courts: 
The Dover Coast Adult Lifestyle Community has completed four new dedicated outdoor pickleball courts. Twenty-three members of the St. Thomas Pickleball Club travelled to Port Dover in July and introduced the sport of pickleball to their residents. 

Oshawa, ON - New outdoor pickleball courts in Oshawa, ON:

Pickleball court lines have been added to the outdoor tennis courts in Alexandra Park (4 courts) and Stonestreet Park (2 courts). Oshawa Tennis Club is planning to build a new facility in partnership with a soccer club and would like to include Pickleball in their multisport facility.