Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pickleball Canada Director Christine from Kelowna

Busy Tuesday on all 8 pickleball courts, we welcomed Christine, a Board member of Pickleball Canada to play with us. She is a strong player from Kelowna. Her husband is enjoying salmon fishing on the Fraser River. She told me they enjoyed eating salmon raw like sushi. Mandy's brother Brian and his wife Audrey from Langley played for the first time. Other new players include Al, Jesse and another Brian who is Mat's racquetball friend. About 25 players enjoyed some delicious watermelon, cookies, cheese and crackers brought by Joyce.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pickleball Canada Wins the Name Battle

Pickleball Canada Wins the Name Battle by Pickleball Canada President Colin Caldwell
Pickleball Canada has received a notification from Corporations Canada that Canada Pickleball Association has changed its name to Canadian Pickleball Federation effective August 18, 2011. The Canada Pickleball name was the name Brent Johner and Chuck Lefaive had registered in order to confuse and now they have been required to change the name by Corporations Canada.

Pickleball Canada filed an 'Allegation of Name Confusion' to Corporations Canada and defended our name Pickleball Canada and successfully won the name battle.

It has been a long hard battle to preserve our Pickleball Canada name and to prevent confusion as to who truly is the representative for pickleball in Canada. Pickleball Canada is therefore truly the governing body of Pickleball in Canada. Don't be fooled by imitations.

This confusion has led to many questions being asked of our Board members. The most frequent question is "I've been approached to join Canada Pickleball for free, is that you guys?" To that question I responded, "Absolutely not".

The group Canada Pickleball or Canadian Pickleball Federation who has been offering free memberships so they can pad their numbers with the hope that players and Sports Canada will recognize them as representatives of Pickleball in Canada. If anyone in Canada approaches you to join their group for free, be advised that they are not Pickleball Canada. If you have any concern, feel free to contact me via our website
www.pickleballcanada.org/ or at cbcaldwell@shaw.ca

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mike, Pickleball Canada Ambassador teaches New Players

On Saturday, Mike, Pickleball Canada Ambassador, was teaching 4 new players: ARC attendant Meggie, Jane from ARC Cafe, Jesse and his dad Al. Jesse works as a manager at DHL international courier for 30 years. He now discovered pickleball and loves it, he even learned how to do spins with his groundstrokes.

USAPA Director Earl Hill Visits from Tacoma

At ARC last Wednesday it was nice to meet Earl Hill, a USAPA Director from Tacoma, Wa. Earl winters in Surprise, Arizona. He met Carol in Utah where they played mixed doubles and won Gold medals three years ago. Earl brought two couples (both names are Ron) from Lynden, Wa. We enjoyed some competitive games and shared cookies, coffee and a yellow mini-watermelon that Jane brought, first time I tried a yellow one, sweet and delicious !!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pickleball Demo Air on Shaw TV, Monday Aug 22

Shaw TV did a video of a pickleball demostration at ARC last Tuesday. It will air on Monday August 22 at 3pm, 6pm and 10 pm Channel 4.
The video is linked on YouTube. Click on the link below and see the video on Wellbrook Winery on the Express Aug 22, 2011 Part 2:


B.C. Seniors Games 2011 Photos & Winners

B.C.Seniors Games 2011 Aug 16-20 Castlegar/Nelson/Trail Winners:
Abbotsford and Chilliwack - 13 Gold, 6 Silver and 7 Bronze medals:
Womens Doubles Competitive 65-69 Gold Carol Haworth/Diane Hill
Womens Doubles Recreational 70-74 Gold Jane Squires/Bjarnasan
Mens Doubles Recreational 55-59 Gold Dave Shepherd/Mat Khan
Mens Doubles Recreational 55-59 Gold Dave Shepherd/Mat Khan
Mens Doubles Recreational 70-74 Gold Danny Garinger/Cain
Mixed Doubles Competitive 70-74 Gold Carol Haworth/Andy Mezer
Mixed Doubles Competitive 60-64 Gold Kathy Parkes/Henry Meerkerk
Mixed Doubles Competitive 60-64 Gold Kathy Parkes/Henry Meerkerk
Mixed Doubles Recreational 55-59 Gold Mat Khan/Pat Khan
Mixed Doubles Recreational 55-59 Gold Mat Khan/Pat Khan
Mixed Doubles Recreational 70-74 Gold Herb Peters/Jane Squires
Mixed Doubles Recreational 70-74 Gold Herb Peters/Jane Squires
Mixed Dobules Recreational 60-64 Gold Jerry Ruldoph/Beryl Kusch

Womens Doubles Competitive 60-64 Silver Kathy Parkes/Laura Zanen
Mens Doubles Recreational 60-64 Silver Ken Witt/Fred Hubbick
Womens Doubles Recreational Silver Annette McEwen/Pat Khan
Womens Doubles Recreational Silver Annette McEwen/Pat Khan
Mens Doubles Competitive Silver Henry Meerkerk/David Ulis
Womens Doubles Recreational Silver Mandy Witt/Beryl Kusch

Womens Doubles Recreational 55-59 Bronze Shirley Shepherd/Val Priebe
Mens Doubles Recreational 60-64 Bronze Herb Peters/Jerry Ruldoph
Mens Doubles Recreational 60-64 Bronze Herb Peters/Jerry Ruldoph
Mixed Doubles Recreational 60-64 Bronze Ken Witt/Mandy Witt
Mixed Doubles Recreational 60-64 Bronze Ken Witt/Mandy Witt
Mixed Doubles Recreational 65-69 Bronze Gerry Logan/Danny Garinger
Mixed Doubles Recreational 65-69 Bronze Gerry Logan/Danny Garinger

More photos:


Monday, August 15, 2011

B.C. Seniors Games Infomation

First a big thanks to Fred Hubbick, Ken Witt and Jane Squires for many hours of helping get Zone 3 Picklers organized and registered.

In 2010 there were 53 picklers at the Senior Games, this year it should be 73 representing 7 zones out of the 12, so our numbers are growing. Our objective is the double that number for 2012 when the games will be in Burnaby.

1. Wed. Aug 17th 8:30am - 10pm in Castlegar at 2101 6th Avenue . Accreditation, the picking up of your name tags, travel cheque ($125/participant) meeting other participants, displays from different zones and sponsers. Go to this site http://2011bcseniorsgames.org/index.php/special-events and click on the different events and you will get more details and exact locations and maps than below.

2. Wear your Zone 3 Blue T-shirt + your participation Name Badge to all the Pickleball competitions and events. PickleBall on Thur. & Fri at Willi Krause Field House 1801 Hwy 3B in Trail.

3. The Opening Ceremonies ( wed evening 5-8 at Haley Park in Trail) and closing Banquet (Castlegar Complex friday banquet 5-7, dance 8-10:30) are memorable events...

The link to see the participant draws is:

Here are the times and address where we are going to pick up our Accreditation packages in Castlegar:

Here’s where we play Pickleball in Trail:

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Abbotsford News - Sports
Sports in brief: B.C. Selects set to face Blaze


By Staff Writer - Abbotsford News

Published: August 04, 2011 3:00 PM

Local teams showed well at the second annual Abbotsford Pickleball Tournament, held last month at Abbotsford Recreation Centre.

The duo of Rhys Martel and Mike Shepherd won silver in the men's doubles under-55 category, while Elaine Griffiths and Kathy Parkes (ladies doubles 55-plus) and George Pool and Ganbat Tsend (men's doubles under-55) won bronze.

Pickleball, a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton and tennis, is said to be one of the fastest-growing sports in North America.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Competitive Round Robin at Cloverdale Recreation Centre Sept 17

Competitive Round Robin at Cloverdale Rec. Centre, 6188 - 176 Street, Surrey, BC, Sept 17 from 9 am to 12 noon, drop-in fee. Players who have tentatively signed up:
Colin & Andrea
Karen & Del
Olga & John
Shirley & Dave
Dave Touchet
John & Beryl
Peter Darvill
Reg Skinner

Anyone interested, please let Shirley or Dave know.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

B.C. Seniors Games in Trail Next Week

Good luck to all our players who will be competing next week in B.C. Seniors Games in Trail, Castlegar and Nelson, B.C. The 16 players representing Abbotsford and Chilliwack are Carol, Kathy, Dave, Shirley, Pat, Matt, Herb, Jerry, Ken, Mandy, Jane, Henry, John, Annette, Gerry and Danny. The pickleball will be played in Trail next Thursday and Friday. The theme for the dinner and dance on Friday is the 50's Grease and Lightning (after finding out what is a poodle skirt, I bought a 50's costume for this event). We are looking forward to the fun and competition !!!