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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pickleball Videos from Canada

Below are some pickleball videos links. 
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Montreal/Sports/ID/2488587954/ video of "Pickleball catching on in Quebec" Aug 14, 2014
http://globalnews.ca/video/802987/pickleball/ video of "Pickleball" Global news Aug 26, 2013 from Canada 55+ Games in Alberta
http://www.citynews.ca/2014/06/10/explanation-of-the-sport-of-pickleball/ City News June 10, 2014 "Explanation of the sport of pickleball"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLOxQamYrVE CBC TV News June 23, 2013 "Pickleball in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia"
http://globalnews.ca/video/1480899/riverview-swept-by-pickleball-craze/ Global News July 29, 2014 New Brunswick on Riverview Tennis Club clay courts "Riverview swept by pickleball craze" The town set up two new pickleball courts at the local tennis club in New Brunswick. Global's Shelley Steeves took at swing at the popular sport. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

2015 Pickleball Canada Western/Eastern National Open Tournaments

2015 Pickleball Canada Eastern National Open Championships
PCO is very pleased to announce that The City of Waterloo, Ontario will host the 2015 Pickleball Canada National Eastern Open Championship to be held in the Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living Centre at RIM Park on July 10th, 11th and 12th, 2015.
2015 Pickleball Canada Western National Open Tournament
PCO is very pleased to announce that Pickleball Kelowna will host the 2015 Pickleball Canada National Western Open Tournament to be held in Kelowna, B.C. on July 10th, 11th and 12th, 2015.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pickleball Open Tournament, Peachland, BC Aug 23-24, 2014

Pickleball Open Tournament   Peachland Community Centre  PCO Tier 4 Sanctioned tournament.
Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24, 2014
SATURDAY: Doubles Round Robin - Men's and Women's 3.0 and 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5
SUNDAY: Mixed 4.5 and 5.0   EACH PLAYER IS GUARANTEED 7 GAMES within a group of 8 players for each event entered.
ENTRY FEE: PCO members $15.00  Non members $20.00 (includes a PCO membership)  Add $5.00 for each event entered  LUNCH is included each day   SATURDAY NIGHT - 5:00 PM - BUFFET $20.00   REGISTER: In Person: Peachland Community Centre, 4450 6th Street, Peachland, BC  By Phone: 250-767-2133  Online: http://www.peachland.ca click on Recreation Link ACTIVITY: 2236   For further information contact the Tournament Directors: Mike Carter 250-484-0245 mike.carter108@gmail.com  Doug Power 250-494-7494 powerdoug@hotmail.com

Friday, July 11, 2014

Photos of 2014 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship

55+ Mens Doubles:Parobec/Jmaaeff, Silver-Lam/Lum, Bronze-Paynter/Cho
55+Womens Doubles: Sawatsky/Welch, Silver-Beechinor/Dallas, Bronze-Kusch/Pool
60+Mens Doubles: Dimery/Scorgie, Silver-Mah/Perkin, Bronze-Lalonde/Timbers
60+Womens Doubles: Gold Jmaeff/Stern, Silver-Lerner/Orcutt, Bronze-Edwards/Postler
65+ Mixed Doubes: Gold-Ulis/McCallum, Silver-Saunders/Saunders, Bronze-Kusch/Parkes
70+ Womens Doubles: Gold-Betty Silver (Alaska)/Alice Tym(TN), Silver- Rees/Simpson (not present), Bronze-Merrie Lee(ON)/Barbara Miachika(FL)  Fantastic Canada/USA championship matches!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Local pickleball players win medals at National Championships

Mark Dana and Kas Ingwersen compete in the under-55 mixed doubles event Saturday at the Pickleball Canada National Open Championships at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre
— Image Credit: Jean Konda-Witte Photo     
Staff Writer - Abbotsford News  posted Jul 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Abbotsford Recreation Centre hosted the 3rd Pickleball Canada National Open Championship last weekend.  The event, the largest of its kind in Canada, welcomed 180 participants from as far away as Ontario, Florida and Alaska.  Many local pickleballers took part, and a handful even walked away with medals.
Andrew McKimmon of Mission won gold in two events: the under-55 men's doubles and the under-55 mixed doubles.  Karen Sawatsky of Abbotsford matched that performance, claiming gold in the 55-plus women's doubles and mixed doubles events.
Other Abbotsford medalists include Abbotsford's Matt Annan, who won silver in the 55-plus mixed doubles, and Matt Kahn and Henry Meerkerk, who shared bronze in 65-plus men's doubles.  Bronze medals also went to Ken Franz in the 55-plus mixed doubles, Claire Pool in the 55-plus women's doubles, and Kathleen Parkes in the 65-plus mixed doubles.