Thursday, July 29, 2010

16 Players Thursday Afternoon, 10 At Night

Many people are enjoying the sunny warm weather outside that only 16 players showed up Thursday afternoon. Carol and Cathy from Chilliwack, Annette, Bill, Richard, Brian, Henrietta, Henry, Rita, Jerry, Barry, Janet, Catherine, Dave, Mike and me. Everyone enjoyed continuous games for two hours without waiting.

Dave figured out how to fold up the net with the net winding machine by one person: Put two nets on top of the other two nets on the floor and line them up perfectly together, then carefully wind them up onto the storage machine. It is a finicky job but it looks neater.

At night there were about 10 players, most are new players rallying with each other. Barry played with a friend. Michelle was teaching her grandson how to play.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Snacks: Nutrients in Watermelon

Tuesday afternoon was full with about 22 players. Nice to see Richard back from an arm injury. We will miss Joyce who will be away to Italy for the next six weeks. She brought cookies and watermelon which we all enjoyed. She said "Watermelons are low in calories and very nutritious": Watermelon is high in lycopene, second only to tomatoes. Recent research suggests that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, helps prevent some forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

According to research conducted at the University of North Carolina, men who consumed a lycopene-rich diet were half as likely to suffer a heart attack as those who had little or no lycopene in their diets. Watermelon is also high in vitamin C and vitamin A, in the form of disease-fighting beta carotene. It also contains potassium, which helps to control blood pressure and possibly prevent strokes.

One player told us cholesterol lowering drugs do more harm than good in side effects, he recommends doing regular exercise and eating the right foods. Another player said he gained weight from eating large portion-size meals and all you-can-eat buffets in restaurants in Las Vegas. Portion sizes have increased in restaurants, grocery stores and vending machines which can translate into excess calories and weight gains.

Joyce said diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar. Type 1 diabetes typically occurs in childhood, type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults. You can reduce your chances of type two diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy balanced diet and getting regular exercise. Read more: (This information is not to be used as medical or health advice, but for health-conscious discussion only!)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Welcome Many New Players Thursday Night

About 18 regular players Thursday afternoon. Dave accidentally hit his leg with the paddle and bruised his leg. Two weeks ago he fell on his front from running fast to hit a ball and bruised his ribs and wrist but it still has not stopped him from playing golf and pickleball. Today he was so happy to shoot 70 (two under par) on the golf course.

There was a lot of new younger players Thursday night. One new player told me she really enjoys playing pickleball for the first time. We still encounter so many people who asked "What is pickleball?" which requires a lengthy explanation. Grant and Ashley (a new host and attendant) were teaching some new players. Ashley said there were so many players last Thursday night that they almost needed eight courts. I had fun playing some close games with Brian and Gene and we were teaching a new player. Gene only played a few times and he plays very well already. Brian played for about a month and he also plays extremely well because he is a racquetball player.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Eat Right for Your Blood Type, diet and exercise

About 20 players showed up Tuesday afternoon. Elaine from Chilliwack came to play because pickleball in Chilliwack is cancelled in the summer. Thanks to Al for bringing cookies, grapes, oranges which we all enjoyed. So nice to see a new net since the old net had some torn holes. Sarah Morris will show Mike how to roll up the new net (covers four courts) by a machine next time.

Last week Joyce talked about her trip to Tajikistan, Kyrgistan last month that she learned about their food and culture. Today she explained why some people cannot digest wheat, it has to do with their ancestral genetic disposition and blood types. “I’m a Type O.” she said, “And when I eat according to my blood type I have unlimited energy.” (This information is not to be taken as medical or other health advice).

Type O is the oldest type of blood when hunters eat meat, they have high levels of stomach acid which contains a enzyme that removes cholesterol from fatty meats from the bloodstream better, they cannot tolerate some grains like wheat and corn, they should exercise vigorously. According to Wikipedia, about 40% world population have type O's.

Type A emerged about 15,000 B.C. when people were settlers and farmers who grow vegetables. When the more vegetarian blood type A (with weaker stomach acids) eats fatty meats, the thicker blood of A lacks the enzyme that blood type O has more efficiently for thousands of years to remove the cholesterol from the fatty meat. Blood type A (and AB) can get their arteries filled up with fat and calcium from eating diets high in saturated fatty acids (fat from meat). About 32% world population have type A's.

Type B emerged about 10,000 B.C. as tribes migrated from Africa to Europe, Asia and the Americas, they should eat a balanced diet and do moderate exercise. About 22% world population have type B's.

Type AB blood is rare – it’s found in less than 5% of the population. And it is the newest of the blood types. Until ten or twelve centuries ago, there was no Type AB blood type. Type AB is sometimes A-like, sometimes B-like and sometimes a fusion of both.

Eating the right food and exercise will help to maintain healthy weight and avoid certain diseases and ailments. With proper diet, the chance of disease is greatly reduced, coupled with exercise, enables your immune system to be its strongest. A strong immune system can make the difference between a longer or shorter life span.
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Seniors Health & Fitness Inspirations

Two inspirational active energetic seniors who are very good players enjoy the exercise and social aspect of pickleball at ARC:

Bill who is 80 years old started to play pickleball about six months ago. He can jump up to hit a ball like a young man in his 30's. He said "I used to be a good runner and played tennis. I got strong arm muscles from milking cows when I was young. I dislike the side effects of blood pressure pills, now I don't take any medications at all. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and I take hemp, flax and fish oil daily and my blood pressure is 126." (This information is not to be taken as medical or other health advice.)

Al will turn 80 years old this year. He has played pickleball for just over a year. Al said "I enjoy to workout in the weight room regularly, my wife likes to walk on the indoor track upstairs". Al taught me some stretching and strengthening exercises which he learned from a personal trainer. Al and his wife ski in the winter. They have a hobby farm with horses and chickens, he sells chickens and eggs (which comes first, chicken or the egg?).

I learned from Al that not all eggs produce chicks because he has 80 chickens but no rooster, all his eggs cannot produce any baby chicks. He said "They need roosters to produce chicks". I guess chickens lay unfertilized eggs. Al also told me that cows need bulls to produce milk after giving birth to a calf. Well, I am glad to learn some interesting facts about farm animals.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

28 Players Tuesday Afternoon, Coffee and Snacks

Four courts were busy with about 28 players with some waiting for games. So nice to see John Kusch from South Surrey who won two gold medals in our June tournament playing with us today. Dave was happy to win two games with John against Jerry, Barry and Ken. John was giving Dave tips on winning strategies. I said the next time he has to give me some coaching tips too. We are glad to see Henrietta back from her ankle injury. Michelle and Joyce were excited to play very well with their new S-Type paddles.

Thanks to Bill who brought a cake, cookies, grapes, cherries, cantaloupe which we all enjoyed. Last week Ken and Mandy brought ice cream, berries and cake, yummy!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


The Times July 6, 2010


Abbotsford's Rod Koch, Henry Meerkerk, Matt Koning, Nathan Krabberdam and Mandy Witt won bronze medals at the inaugural pickleball tournament last week at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre.

The event attracted 90 participants from the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Kelowna, Port Moody, Ladner, and South Surrey. Pickleball is a relatively new racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, table tennis, and ping-pong. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a badminton court. The net is lower than most other racquet sports allowing for faster play. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in North America.

Eight courts were in constant play for the day with many advanced 5+ skill level players.

Gold medal winners were:

Mixed Doubles 55+ : Hill/Kusch
Mens Doubles 55+: Kusch/Touchet
Ladies Doubles 55+ : Edwards/Postler
Mixed Doubles under 55: Zhekhovsky/Zhekhovskaya
Mens Doubles under 55: Beckwith/Zhekhovsky
Ladies Doubles under 55: Iggulden/Zhekhovskaya

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Friday, July 2, 2010

ABBOTSFORD NEWS: Pickleball hits Abbotsford

Abbotsford News - Sports,

Pickleball hits Abbotsford

Published: June 30, 2010 3:00 PM
Updated: June 30, 2010 3:42 PM

Five Abbotsford players came away with third-place finishes in the city’s first pickleball tournament held at the ARC last Saturday.

Rod Koch and Henry Meerkerk came third in the over-55 men’s doubles while Matt Koning and Nathan Krabberdam were third in the under-55 men’s doubles. Mandy Witt was also on the third-place team in women’s under-55 doubles.

Ninety competitors took part in the tournament which featured a sport that is a hybrid of tennis, table tennis and badminton.