Monday, April 23, 2012

Alex Gendron, Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador, Central Island Area, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Alex Gendron has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's Area Ambassadors for Central Island Area, B.C. effective April 23, 2012. Congratulations Alex on your appointment !!! Pickleball Canada now has 17 Area Ambassadors in B.C.

Alex plays pickleball in Nanaimo and Ladysmith, B.C. and sees the need to promote the sport to Parks and Recreation facilitators in a way that will attract new and experienced players. He has started a web page that promotes pickleball in their area and atttached resources, events, places to play and a blog open for all players to have their voice heard. He is participating in the formation of a Pickleball Club which is just getting off the ground, to assist in dealing with facilitators for space and fee structure to allow affordable play locations in the community and development of outdoor places to play from unused tennis courts.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Information on Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7th and 8th

Mayor Banman of the City of Abbotsford will give a welcome speech to the participants on July 7th at 8:10 am at Abbotsford Recreation Centre. Having heard his superb singing talent, he will lead us to sing the National Anthem at our Pickleball Canada National Open Championship.

Most Mens events are full, we have some spaces for Womens events, especially 65+ Womens Doubles. If you know some ladies in that age bracket, please let them know.



As the recognized leaders of Pickleball in Canada, Pickleball Canada is proud to sanction this landmark event. More than 150 players from 8 Provinces as far away as Nova Scotia and the U.S.A., will attend.

Basic categories are:
July 7th: Men’s and Women's Doubles: 55+, 60+, 65+ and 70+, OPEN and Under 55.

July 8th
: Mixed Doubles (55+, 60+, 65+ and 70+. OPEN and Under 55), Men’s & Women’s Singles.

Accommodations in the Abbotsford area: Super 8, Sandman Inn, Coast Hotels & Suites, Best Western Regency, Ramada Inn, Sweet Dreams Luxury Inn and RV Accommodations at Aloha Trailer Park & Campsite.
Shirley's Photo at Abbotsford Recreation Centre

ARC Volunteer Appreciation Brunch April 18, 2012

Dino, Jenny, Mandy, Dave
Jenny, Shirley, Mandy
Since this is Volunteer Week, we would like to thank all those players who go out of their way to help new players learn the basics and develop their skills of pickleball at ARC. When an experienced player plays even one game with a new player, you have no idea how much the new player appreciates it and how valuable it is to the way they feel about our group. It really helps their game and brings them back. It also makes the experienced players feel good about themselves.

Dave, Shirley, Mike, Herb, Catherine and 45 other volunteers were invited to ARC Volunteer Appreciation Brunch April 18 and received Volunteer Appreciation awards from the City of Abbotsford. The speakers were Mayor Bruce Banman, Mark Taylor, General Manager Parks, Recreation & Culture, Jenny Thornton, Facility Manager, Mandy Hadfield, Recreation Manager, Ryan Coreau, Recreation Coordinator and Dino Tsembelis, Volunteer Coordinator.

The Mayor's hair is all shaved off for cancer research: The Abbotsford Times 1 day ago – Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman and Heat goalie and cancer survivor ... see him sacrifice his locks and set a $30000 minimum for his head shave. ... funds raised will support cancer patients and research at Abbotsford's B.C. Cancer Agency. ... The mayor sang "The Man of LaMancha" beautifully with a strong perfect voice. The Happy Gang singers entertained with some traditional songs and then we had a slideshow featuring all the volunteering activities. There was plenty of delicious food: quiches, scones, muffins, yoghurt, fresh fruit, a large cake, coffee and tea. All of us had a wonderful time !!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wayne King, Pickleball Canada Area Ambassador Comox, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Wayne King has been appointed as Pickleball Canada's Area Ambassadors for Comox, B.C. effective Apirl 16, 2012. Congratulations Wayne on your appointment !!! Pickleball Canada now has 16 Area Ambassadors in B.C.

Wayne has started a league in Comox, BC. He will be opening 6 new outdoor courts this summer. He will invite teams from lower island to play. He wants to increase the numbers so having fun is more important than only the best can play.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


The Times
Posted on April 10, 2012

The Pickleball Canada National Championship is coming to Abbotsford July 7 - 8.

There will be 150 players coming from all over Canada and U.S. to attend the event, the largest pickleball tournament in Canada.

Action goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd., Abbotsford, B.C.

© Copyright (c) Abbotsford Times

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Surrey School District Spring Break DREAM Camps

We are very glad that 99% of students enjoyed our pickleball instructions during spring break DREAM Camps in Surrey:
Thank you for the participation of Pickleball Canada volunteer instructors, coaches and administration in Surrey School District Spring Break DREAM Camps. More than 500 at risk children with few opportunities and who often face multiple barriers on a daily basis, had the special opportunity to try a wide variety of new and interesting activities led by experts in their field including: art, dance, circus, science, robotics, gymnastics, cycling, martial arts, soccer, basketball, volleyball, pickleball, tennis and animal care. Without the more than 30 partner groups who lent their time, patience, energy and knowledge to the camps, we could not have offered this enriching and eye opening experience to children from across Surrey. We very much appreciated the time and dedication that your volunteers put forward, and the commitment you have demonstrated to our students. We hope that you too found the time rewarding and impactful – and very clearly made a difference in your work with the students over spring break.

Some statistics will give you a small idea of the important effect DREAM Camps have on vulnerable students in Surrey.

99% of students said they had fun at camp
53% of students said that if they were not at camp they would have been watching TV
58% of students said that if they were not at camp they would be playing video games
80% of students said they enjoyed making new friends

The goals of the spring break DREAMS Camps are:

1. To provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for students who might otherwise engage in inappropriate activities over this two week break
2. Extend and enrich learning opportunities
3. Give children with few opportunities the chance to try a wide variety of interesting and exciting extra-curricular activities
4. Allow students to engage with and learn from a variety of adult mentors with different and diverse backgrounds and perspectives
5. Keep children connected to and engaged with school and to re-ignite passion for learning
6. To encourage participation in school and community extracurricular activities and events after the camps where possible

Thanks so much for everything you did to make DREAM Camps a reality and we hope to have you back again next year!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bruce Simpson, Walter Herrmann, Pickleball Canada Area Ambassadors Vernon, B.C.

We are very pleased to announce that Bruce Simpson and Walter Herrmann have been appointed as Pickleball Canada's Area Ambassadors for Vernon, B.C. effective Apirl 12, 2012. Congratulations Bruce and Walter on your appointments !!! Pickleball Canada now has 15 Area Ambassadors in B.C.

Bruce and Walter have been playing and teaching pickleball for many years. They plan to help pickleball grow in the Vernon area by investigating areas to advertise, putting on clinics and communicating with the Vernon group to keep everyone's interest in the game. They will be searching for outdoor places to play and will continue to promote and grow the game recruiting new players and places to play.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pickleball Canada and Pickleball Canada Westcoast

Hi All Pickleball Players.
Pickleball Canada (PCO) is a Canadian registered non-profit organization (Registration No. 777671-3) with an elected Board consisting of members from across Canada.
PCO presently has Provincial Ambassadors in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with Area Ambassadors within these provinces.
PCO plays in accordance with the International Federation of Pickleball Rules (IFP). This is convenient and promotes the game, because wherever you play you will not use foreign rules. The IFP currently consists of the USA Pickleball Association, the All India Pickleball Association and the Pickleball Canada Organization.
PCO website has an Application for Membership Form. Come join us on our journey across Canada promoting and growing pickleball. Membership is $12.00 for one year and $32.00 for three years.
Pickleball Canada Westcoast Association (PCWA) is a registered British Columbia non-profit society that was incorporated on Oct.31/2012 in Victoria, B.C. Registration Number: S-0058995. PCWA is an affiliate of PCO which represents and supports all PCO members and non-members who are residents of British Columbia. PCWA follows IFP rules.
For further information please visit and and
You may also contact and if you have any questions regarding pickleball in your area.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

140 Players Registered Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7 - 8, 2012

140 Players Registered in Pickleball Canada National Open Championship July 7 - 8, 2012. Some events are full so some players are put on waiting lists. There are still many spaces left but they are filling up fast. Please register as soon as possible.

Pickleball Canada will have about 6 Directors and 14 Ambassadors in attendance at our National Tournament. Some of them I have never met so I look forward to meeting them. I also look forward to meeting our pickleball friends from all over N.America!!!

Our National Tournament will have 14 indoor courts (8 courts at ARC and 6 courts at Yale Secondary School next to ARC).

We will have 20 events of Mens and Womens Singles and Doubles. Each player can play in a maximum of two events. There are about 300 event entries in total.

Players are coming from all over Canada and the USA to attend our National tournament. There are teams coming from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Washington, California, Arizona, Texas etc. This will be the largest pickleball tournament in Canada!!!