Monday, September 13, 2010

ARC Round Robin Tournament Winners

ARC Round Robin Tournament Winners:  Matt Khan, Dave Shepherd and Ganbt Tsang.

Monday, April 5, 2010

History of Pickleball

1965 – During the summer of 1965, Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington State and Bill Bell, successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised, cutting shafts of the damaged rackets and found a perforated plastic ball. The rackets didn’t work very well, so the dads created four wood paddles, similar to today’s wood paddles. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net. As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. The Pritchards had a cocker spaniel named Pickles, who became interested in this new game. Whenever a ball would come his way, he would take the ball and run off with it, because you see, it was Pickle’s ball. And that is how the game got its name.
1967 – The first permanent pickleball court was constructed in Joel Pritchard’s backyard in Seattle, Washington during the winter of 1967.
1970 - As the sport grew in the 1970's, it evolved from a family activity inot a paddle court sport with formalized rules.
1976 – During the spring of 1976, the first known pickleball tournament in the world was held at South Center Athletic Club in Tukwila, Washington.
1984 – The first composite paddle was made by Arlen Paranto, a Boeing Industrial Engineer.
1997 – Joel Pritchard passed away at age 72. Though he was Washington State’s Lieutenant governor from 1988 to 1996, he is probably better known for his connection to the birth of pickleball.
2003 – There are 39 known places to play in North America listed on the Pickleball Stuff website. This represents 10 States, 3 Canadian Provinces and about 150 individual courts.
2006 - In Canada, Pickleball is started by a group of Canadian pickleball players (known as the Founding Directors).
2009 - The name Canada Pickleball Association was used as of April 27, 2009.
2010 - Canada Pickleball Association's Constitution and Bylaws was prepared, adopted by the Board of Directors and signed by the President and Secretary on July 1, 2010.
Updated 2012:
2011 – Pickleball Canada Organization is registered in Ottawa as a Non-Profit Corporation on July 28, 2011.
2012 - The first Pickleball Canada National Championship for players of all ages was held in Abbotsford, B.C. on July 7-8, 2012.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Abbotsford Recreation Centre Players

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ARC Pickleball Players

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ARC Thursday Pickleball

All four courts were full on Thursday night again with people waiting to play. There were about 35 people there. I waited for 20 minutes so I have time to shoot some videos and chat with people until Grant opened up four more courts. Two young women told me it was their first time to play pickleball. Many people stopped by to enquire about how to play this game with Grant. It was so nice to see many kids and teens having fun. Their parents told me they really enjoy it and it is better for them to play sports than to play video games which make kids overweight as statistics said 'The number of overweight children in Canada nearly tripled between 1981 and 1996. Health studies that have monitored the wellbeing of large groups of people over many years clearly show that inactivity significantly increases the risk of overweight, obesity and chronic diseases.' So playing pickleball provides enormous health benefits for seniors and children as well.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

All Courts Full Tuesday Pickleball & Coffee

Olympic party is over. Tuesday pickleball is back to normal after two weeks pickleball afternoon cancellation. All four courts were full of regular players Herb, Richard, Tom, Gord, Barry, Ganbat, Henrietta, Joan, Dave, Mike and me. Some newer players Sheryl, Michelle and another Dave are becoming regulars. Bill joined us for the first time. Henrietta is back from Florida and said it was miserably cold there and her flight was delayed for two days due to storms. We all enjoyed an hour of coffee and friendly chat afterwards.

Sunday, February 28, 2010


VANCOUVER – A record 14 golds. And the biggest one of all.

Canada today edged the United States 3-2 in overtime on a Sidney Crosby shot in overtime in the gold medal men’s hockey game, sending an entire nation into a frenzy.

After the U.S. had tied the game with 25 seconds to go in the third period, Canada’s Crosby gave the gold medal to the home side.

It was a closely fought match between the country that won the most medals at the Vancouver/Whistler Games and the little guy to the north that won the most golds. When it was all over, the Canuck side was celebrating in a sea of red-and-white that surely set off parties from Truro to Tofino.

Canada jumped out to the lead when Jonathan Toews buried a rebound in a first period that featured some ferocious checking and a few great scoring chances for both sides.

Corey Perry made it 2-0 for the home side in the second after a couple of nice passes from Ryan Getzlaf and Duncan Keith. Canada looked to be in command, but Vancouver Canuck Ryan Kesler deflected a shot in the middle of the second to make it a nervous, 2-1 lead for the Canadians.

With goalie Ryan Miller on the bench, the Americans tied it up with 25 seconds to play, Zach Parise knocking in a rebound in a wild scramble reminiscent of the Canadian semifinal game against Slovakia.

That sent things to an extra period, but the one they call Sid the Kid responded with a goal that will go down with Paul Henderson’s as one of the most memorable in a hockey-mad nation’s history.

The win gave Canada a record 14 gold medals; double the previous high by a Canadian winter Olympic team (seven in Turin in 2006 and also in Salt Lake City in 2002) and the most-ever by any country at a single Winter Olympics.

Canada finished with 26 medals overall; 14 gold, seven silver and five bronze. That’s two more than the previous high of 24, collected in Turin four years ago.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Canada Wins 13th Gold Medal at 2010 Olympics

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Canada added three more Olympic titles in men’s curling, team speedskating and snowboarding to tie a record for the most gold medals in a Winter Olympics.

Canada can set a record for gold medals by beating the U.S. tomorrow’s men’s hockey, the final event of the Games. Germany ranks second with 10 gold medals after it won the women’s team pursuit speedskating race today. The U.S. has nine golds after capturing its first Olympic title in the four-man bobsled since 1948.

The U.S. now has 36 medals, tying the Winter Games record set by Germany in 2002. The U.S. is guaranteed to break the tie tomorrow in the gold medal hockey game.

Germany is second with 29 medals, followed by Canada with 25 and Norway with 22.

Canada’s 13 gold medals are also the most by an Olympic host, topping the 10 by the U.S. in Salt Lake City eight years ago and Norway at the 1994 Lillehammer Games.

Canada's Anderson wins snowboarding gold medal.

Canada wins gold in men's speedskating pursuit.

Canada wins gold in men's curling with a 6-3 win over Norway.

It was Canada’s 25th medal of the Olympics, surpassing its Turin total of 24, and making it Canada’s best-ever Winter Olympic performance.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Canada Climbs to Olympics 10 Gold Medals

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Canada won two speedskating titles to jump to the top of the standings at the Vancouver Winter Olympics with 10 gold medals.

Under heavy criticism for underperforming at the Vancouver Games, the Canadian men's short-track team responded on the final night of competition at Pacific Coliseum with gold in the 5,000-metre relay, and gold and bronze in the 500 metres.

Charles Hamelin won the men’s 500-meter gold medal and then was part of Canada’s four-man team that raced to victory in the 5,000-meter relay at the Pacific Coliseum.

Canada now has 21 medals overall, moving into third place behind the U.S. and Germany. The 10 gold medals for the Olympic hosts are one more that Germany and two better than Norway and the U.S.

The U.S. has a Games-best 34 medals, while Germany is second with 27.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

2010 Olympic - Canada Wins 8th Gold Medal

Vancouver, B.C. - The Canadian Women's Hockey team has given the country a record-setting 8th gold medal, with a 2-0 victory of the United States this evening.

The win is the women's 3rd consecutive gold at the Olympics and avenges losses to the United States at the past two World Championships.

The country's 8th gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Olympics beats earlier records of 7 set in 2002 in Salt Lake City, and matched at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

BC Premier Gordon Campbell, was seated next to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Wayne and Janet Gretzky at tonight's gold medal game.

The Premier says, "Achieving a record gold-medal count is another history-making accomplishment for an Olympics that has been marked by moments that
have lifted spirits and thrilled Canadians. All of our Team Canada athletes can take pride in this incredible achievement and for working hard to make these Games an event Canadians will remember for generations."

Canada's Seventh Gold and Silver Medals in Women's Bobsleigh 2010 Olympic

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse take women's bobsleigh gold to hand Canada their seventh gold medal of Vancouver 2010 Olympic.

Humphries and Moyse, second in the World Cup standings, broke the track record at the lightning fast Whistler track three times in her four runs to complete an emphatic victory.

They clocked a combined time of 3:32.28 minutes while compatriots Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown leapfrogged their American rivals to take silver medal. Canada now has 15 medals including seven gold, six silver and two bronze and currently stands in fourth place in the medal count.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ski Cross McIvor brings Canada sixth Olympic gold

WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Ashleigh McIvor has won Canada’s sixth gold medal of the Vancouver Games, defeating Hedda Berntsen of Norway in the final of the Olympic debut of women’s skicross.

McIvor, who grew up in Whistler and is ranked second in the world, stayed out of trouble on the snowblown course at Cypress Mountain on Tuesday and won the final going away.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Canada Wins Fifth Gold Medal in 2010 Olympic

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont. captured Canada's fifth gold medal of the Vancouver Olympics on Monday, Feb. 22, winning the figure skating ice dance in spectacular fashion.
VANCOUVER — Canada added a fifth Olympic gold medal to its coffers Monday on the same day that team officials announced the host team couldn’t reach its target of topping the medals standings at the Vancouver Games.

The country’s first Olympic gold in ice dancing by Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., put Canada alone in fifth place in the medal standings with 10 (5-4-1).
The U.S. slowed its torrid pace from the first week of competition, but still topped the table with 25. Germany had a big day with four medals to break the 20-medal barrier and sit second with 21. Norway was third with 14 and Russia recovered from a slow start to reach 11 Monday.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

2010 Olympic - Canada Wins Fourth Gold Medal

Jon Montgomery of Manitoba has won Canada's fourth gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics.

30-year-old Montgomery came in first in the men's skeleton ahead of Latvian Martins Dukurs who settled for silver and Russian Alexander Tretyakov who won bronze.

Montgomery was in second place going into the final.

Canada now has 8 medals including four gold, three silver and one bronze and currently stands in fourth place in the medal count.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Canada's Third Gold Medal in 2010 Olympic

Christine Nesbitt captured Canada's first speedskating gold medal of the Vancouver Games on Thursday at the Richmond Oval, winning the women's 1,000 metres.

The result gives Canada three gold medals, three silvers and one bronze at the Games.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

2010 Olympic - Canada Wins 2nd Gold Medal

VANCOUVER – A day after running away with Canada’s second gold medal of the Vancouver Olympics in downhill snowboard cross, Whistler’s Maelle Ricker faced the media during a cordial press conference in downtown Vancouver on Feb. 17.

When Ricker won a snowboard cross gold to go with Bilodeau’s moguls gold, Canada had two athletes on the top of the podium in the first four days.

Monday, February 15, 2010

2010 Olympic Canada Wins First Gold Medal

WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- CANADA'S FIRST GOLD MEDAL - Canada's 22-year-old Alexandre Bilodeau moguls skier from Montreal whisked down Cypress Mountain's meringue-topped hillside and into the books by winning the Canada's first-ever 2010 Olympic gold medal.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

2010 Olympic Russian Figure Skaters in Abbotsford

2010 Olympic Russian Figure Skaters signing autographs in ARC.
2010 Olympic Torch Relay, passing the flame to another torch bearer, on its way to ARC. (Click photo to enlarge, click back arrow to return to this page)
Thousands of people lined the streets to see the Olympic Torch. 20,000 people cheered the 2010 Olympic Torch at Abbotsford Exhibition Park in Abbotsford!!! (Click photo to enlarge, click back arrow to return to this page)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Russian Figure Skaters in Abbotsford ARC

Russian Olympic figure skating pairs Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov work on a death spiral element during a training session at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre on Wednesday. Mike and I got their autographs, it was exciting to meet them up close in person and speak to them.

Russian Olympic figure skaters hit the ice at Abbotsford Recreation Centre to a chorus of oohs and aahs from spectators Monday morning.

A trio of Russian pairs skaters – Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov, Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov, and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov – spent most of their time ironing out details of choreography and footwork, but wowed local fans with occasional jumps, lifts and spins.

The Russian team will train at ARC for more than two weeks (Feb. 1-17), and arriving in Canada in advance of the Olympics holds several benefits for the athletes. Adjusting to the 11-hour time change and the local climate is important, and the training camp also offers the skaters a chance to decompress following the stress of recent European championships.

Spectators can expect the cast of Russian figure skaters at ARC to expand every couple of days. Three more groups of ice dancers and men’s singles competitors are slated to arrive on Feb. 3, 6 and 11.

The Russian athletes will participate in a public meet-and-greet event on Sunday, Feb. 7, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at ARC.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

New Pickleball Time at ARC

New Pickleball time Sundays 5:30-7:30 pm @ Abbotsford Recreation Center.
That's right due to the growing popularity of Pickleball in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley, another Pickleball time has been added. We will have access to both gyms (8 pickleball courts) What a great time to bring friends, neighbors, and family as this will be an age 11+ time slot.
Watch 2010 be the year that Pickleball explodes in Abbotsford!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Pickleball Canada Logo Shirt Bev Butt

Pickleball Canada Ambassador Bev Butt wearing Pickleball Canada logo shirt on September 5, 2009.

Pickleball Canada Bev Butt PB Demo

Pickleball Canada Ambassador Bev Butt holding a demo poster of Pickleball demonstration in Bala Community Centre on September 5, 2009.