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.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Photos of Pickleball Canada National Open Championship 2014

70+Men's Doubles: Gold-Silver/Holman(AK),Silver-Saunders/Ross,Bronze-Ames/Hui
65+Mens'Doubles: Parkes/Shaare, Silver-Darvill/Kusch, Bronze-Khan/Meerkerk, Bronze-
Open Men's Singles:  Gold-Wesley Gabrielsen, Silver-Brian Lam, Bronze-Chris Miller
55+ Mixed Doubles: Gold-Franz/Sawatsky, Silver-Annan/Welch, Bronze-Parabec/Nichol
ARC Registration Desk check in volunteers, prize and vendor tables, spectators.
ARC Gym 1 Championship matches with competitors and spectators.
60+Mixed Doubles: Gold-Stern/Savoy, Silver=Parkes/Lerner, Bronze-Jmaeff/Jmaeff
70+Mixed Doulbes: Gold-Holman/Tym, Silver-Silver/Silver, Bronze-Bakogeorge/Moore

Sunday, July 6, 2014

2014 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 4 - 6, 2014

2014 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship:

The 3rd Pickleball Canada National Open Championship was held at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. on July 4 - 6, 2014. About 200 participants came from as far as Ontario, Florida and Alaska to compete in the largest pickleball tournament in Canada!

There were 20 events including Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, Open and Under 55, Open Singles, doubles and mixed doubles. As a Sanctioned Tournament, PCO members are eligible to receive Tier 1 Tournament Points.

Pickleball Canada has some Board members in attendance: Shirley Shepherd, Ed Burke and Merrie Lee. PCO Area Ambassadors from B.C. participated: Mike Shepherd (Abbotsford), Mike Carter (Osoyoos), Roberta Meakin (Penticton), Tim Mah (Kamloops), Jim Saunders (Kelowna), John Savoy (Nanaimo), Carol Haworth (Chilliwack), Gord Griffin (Chilliwack), Denis Zhekhovskiy (Vancouver), Peter Darvill (Ladner/Richmond), Karen Renfrew (Sunshine Coast), Linda Brown (Salmon Arm).

Among the competitors were the top 5.0 players in the world from Canada and the USA: Jennifer Lucore, Billy and Darcie Jacobsen, Chris Miller, Christine Barksdale, Wesley Gabrielsen, Steve Wong, Luba Zhekhovskaya, Denis Zhekhovskiy, Theresa Orcutt, Cherilyn Drake, Scott Lennan, Glenn Griffin, Maurice Parobec, Dave Touchet, Andrew Mckimmon and Che Cui.

Pickleball Canada would like to thank all the tournament sponsors: Tourism Abbotsford, Pro-Lite Sports, Onix Sports, Pickleball Depot, Pickleball International, Courtside Sports, IGA, Kintec, North Bellingham Golf Course, Murray GM Abbotsford, Great Clips and Ocean Park Pizza.

At the Opening Ceremony, City of Abbotsford Recreation Coordinator Ryan Coreau and Deputy Mayor of City of Abbotsford Les Barkman welcomed the participants and sang Canada and the USA National anthems. Shirley Shepherd, President of Pickleball Canada welcomed everyone and thanked the City of Abbotsford, Jenny Thornton, Ryan Coreau, Alanna Carmichael and Kim Griffith for hosting this National event.

A big thank you go to all the referees and volunteers: Ed Burke, Carol Haworth, Gord Griffin, Ken Witt, Judy Newman, Peter Darvill, Brian Parkes, Danny Garinger, Allan and Julie Turner, Gerry Logan, Janet Hutchinson, Anne and Ralph Laury, Henrietta Waters, Gail Dorst... Many thanks to Abbotsford Recreation Centre for providng delicious lunch, snacks and beverages. Thank you for your support, hard work, dedication and efforts for making the 2014 Pickleball Canada National Open Championship a great success!

Tournament Results Pickleball Caanda National Open Championship July 4 - 6, 2014

Tournament Results

Pickleball Canada National Open Championship - 2014-07-04
Men - Singles
OpenWesley GabrielsenBrian LamChris Miller
Women - Singles
OpenJennifer LucoreRoberta MeakinShelley Lawrence
Men - Doubles
55+Maurice Parobac - Dan JmaeffBrian Lam - Garry LumGlenn Cho - Henry Paynter
60+Doug Dimery, - Jim ScorgieTim Mah - Ross PerkinLouis Lalonde - Ray Timbers
65+Brian Parkes - Rich SkaarePeter Darvill - John KuschMatt Khan - Henry Meerkerk
70+Ron Hohman - Larry SilverJim Saunders - Doug RossTim Ames - Danny Hui
OpenSteve Wong - Glenn GriffinChris Miller - Billy JacobsenDenis Zhekhovskiy - Scott Lenan

Under 55Dave Touchet - Andrew McKimmonRob Schneider -Dave BrionesMichael Epp - Mark Lowe
Women - Doubles
55+Karen Sawatsky -Terry WelchLori Beechinor - Mary DallasBeryl Kusch -Claire Pool
60+Brenda Jmaeff -Nancy SternElaine Lerner - Teresa OrcuttShirley Edwards - Mida Postler
65+Linda Brown - Sharon MooreDoreen Holmes - Faye Oakes
70+Alice Tym - Betty SilverKarin Rees - Silvia SimpsonMerrie Lee - Barbara Miachika
OpenChristine Barksdale - Luba Zhekhovskaya Jennifer Lucore - Darcie JacobsenCookie Drake - Che Cui
Under 55Fion Chou - Magdalene ChoyKaren Heinrichs - Kim Hun KoppJill Jackson - Elizabeth Peckham
Mixed Doubles
55+Ken Franz - Karen SawatskyMatt Annan - Terry WelchMaurice Parobec - Rosemary Nichol
60+John Savoy - Nancy SternBrian Parkes - Elaine LernerDan Jmaeff - Brenda Jmaeff
65+David Ulis - Anne MccallumJim Saunders - Terry SaundersJohn Kusch - Kathleen Parkes
70+Alice Tym - Ron HohmanLarry Silver - Betty SilverAndy Bakogeorge - Sharon Moore
OpenChristine Barksdale - Wesley GabrielsenSteve Wong - Cookie DrakeLuba Zhekhovskaya - Denis Zhekhovskiy
Under 55Andrew McKimmon - Fion ChouRoberta Meakin - Peter NeumannMagdalene Choy - Peter Darvill