Updated Monday August 28th to include new open link to story in the Globe Sports section:
Today (Saturday Aug 26th) the Globe and Mail published an article titled "Pickleball in a pickle: Plan to form national organization thrown into disarray" by Simon Houpt.
Walter Knecht, President of Pickleball BC, stated "trust many of you have seen and read it. If not, it is worth the 5 minutes. The story is told from a slightly different perspective than the one I gave over the last 10 months but for the most part the article is factual. The G5 arguments were and still are - Pickleball Canada is about and for the members. I maintain frequent contact with several of the new Board members and have confidence that the value in and for our members is high on the list of criteria as a rebuild is carried forth. Your support over the last year is greatly appreciated. I believe the results will be beneficial to both us as players and the sport in general".
Flipboard posted the following Globe and Mail story intro and picture below also today: "Pretty much everyone involved in the Great Canadian Pickleball Revolt of 2023 agrees that things just kind of spiralled out of control. The problems began, as they often do in realms where the stakes are small and the personalities large, with personal sleights that are probably unintended...And before you know it, the governing elite of pickleball in this country has been thwacked, with 16 directors leaving the Pickleball Canada board – which currently has only 17 seats – over the past nine months, throwing into disarray a years-long plan to become a national sport organization (NSO) officially sanctioned".
Read the full article now posted in the Globe's Sports section here.
Steve Deakin plays at the Pickleball Canada National Championship at
Queen City Pickleball Hub in Regina on Aug. 23. HEYWOOD YU/THE GLOBE AND MAIL
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