Monday, October 28, 2013

Pickleball Canada Accomplishments 2013

Pickleball Canada (PCO) has had great accomplishments in 2013.  The number of players, members (700+), Places to Play (number of Places to Play in Ontario 98+, B.C. 80+), number of indoor and outdoor courts, Ambassadors (100+), number of tournaments have all increased in Canada.

We have had requests from Global News, Toronto Star and CTV who wanted to write newspaper articles of Pickleball's popularity and made videos of pickleball in varous community and recreational centres. Many schools have implemented pickleball in the P.E. curriculum.  Many thanks go to our hard working Ambassadors and supporters in promoting Pickleball in Canada!

The 2nd Pickleball Canada National Open Championship was successfully  held in Abbotford, BC with a record 230 players on July 6 - 7, 2013.   Players came from all over N. America to compete.  Canadian Top players included Luba Zhekhovskaya, Denis Zhekhovskiy, Brian Lam, John Kusch, Teresa Orcutt.  Top USA players included Chris Miller, Billy and Darcie Jacobsen, Jennifer Lucore, Christine Barksdale, Kimberly Bennett.......

Skill rated tournaments are getting popular in Canada:  Aug/13- BC Seniors Games (100+ players), June/13 - Kelowna (80 players), Sept/13 - Vernon (72 players) ....

Pickleball Canada has successfully sanctioned 4 tournaments this year:  Nationals II, Ontario, Nanaimo and Osoyoos.  Winners of sanctioned tournaments will receive PCO Tournament Points. Pickleball Canada will announce the 2013 top players who received PCO Tournament Points at the end of each year.

Pickleball Canada New Website in November

Great news: We are excited to announce that Pickleball Canada will be launching a new website in the middle of November. Our new website will have new features and improvements. So, please come to visit our new website in November!   Photo of Dave and Shirley Shepherd (PCO President and Secretary)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Registration Form Pickleball Tournament Osoyoos, B.C. Nov 30-Dec1 /13

Osoyoos Pickleball Tournament, Sonora Recreation Centre, Osoyoos, B.C. Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2013
Registration and payment must be received by Nov 24, 2013..All players must be members of Pickleball Canada.There is no added membership fee as it is included in the entry fee of $20.00. Add $5.00 for each event entered for a maximum of $30.00 if entering two events i.e. Men's/Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles. Players who are already members of PCO deduct $5.00 from your total cost. For further information contact: Mike 250-485-0245 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Global News and Toronto Star videos Pickleball netting a growing number of fans across North America By:Barbara Turnbull, Toronto Star. Living reporter, Published on Tue Oct 15 2013 Pickleball netting a growing number of fans across North America. Pickleball is offered at Milliken Park community centre in Scarborough twice a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On average, 80 people play throughout the five-hour span. Global News video:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pickleball in Costa Rica, Bora Bora and St. John's Newfoundland

From Costa Rica to Bora Bora and St. John’s Newfoundland Submitted by Audrey Phillips, USAPA Ambassador, Southern CaliforniaI just received an e-mail from the General Manager of the Westin Golf Resort and Spa, in Playa Conchal, Costa Rica that their property has opened the first dedicated pickleball court in the country.
Also, during a recent trip to Bora Bora, French Polynesia this group of USAPA members taught French guests the game of pickleball on a grass court. We are now sending paddles, balls and nets to them in Paris. And lastly, these pickleballs were sighted in the window of a sporting goods store in St. John’s Newfoundland.