The Lower Mainland Team League got underway on Monday, September 4th with matches between the Banzai Boomers A & B (Vancouver) against the (Maple Ridge) Dink Warriors A & B, played at Burnaby Heights Park. For a list of registered teams and results check the Lower Mainland Pickleball League web page here.
Read Glen Peterson's thoughts on "the inevitable rise of younger players to the top of this sport" here.
Here's a report from Joe McNeil of the Comox Valley pickleball community on Vancouver Island:
"The Comox Valley Pickleball Association celebrated National Pickleball Day on Sunday August 13th. It was a huge success for its first year. There is a short article and pictures on the home page of the Comox Valley Pickleball website: http://cvpickleball.ca/."
The Carnarvon Park Pickleballers will be hosting a community pickleball family fun day at Carnarvon Park to celebrate the completion of four new public pickleball ball courts in Oak Bay (Victoria). All welcome. Media coverage of the event from Oak Bay News here.
Here's a report from Peter Darvill of the Delta Pickleball Association about the grand opening of their new courts on August 12th:
"Outdoor Ladner Pickleball has arrived big time!! "The Greatest Game with the Strangest Name" now has 3 Outdoor Courts in beautiful Delta, B.C. These are the first dedicated pickleball courts to be built in the Lower Mainland, following suit with such other B.C. towns as Abbotsford, Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Trail, Penticton, etc. And 6 courts now open in Nanaimo! But we have bragging rights for the Lower Mainland!
The opening on August 12th attracted our highest ranking officials including Lois Jackson, our wonderful Mayor, Carla Qualtrough, our wonderful MP who is also Canada's Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities, our wonderful Councillors, Robert Campbell and Sylvia Bishop, and many more wonderful elected officials, Parks Board Representatives, etc. I estimated a crowd of 120 with a low key announcement of the event. We don't like too much hoopla in Ladner!
We had a demonstration of high level play by 4 top level local players and I even got to hit a few balls with Lois and Carla! Carla is legally blind, but was able to pick up the ball very well and return it, something she is not able to do with tennis. Just shows how this game is for all, from 9 to 99 and beyond. You don't have to be a chiseled athlete to play this game and it doesn't take years to become good at it unlike tennis, golf etc. The learning curve is rapid. Just get off the couch, off the cell phone, off the laptop and enjoy!
Our volunteer gang have formed a club, Delta Pickleball Association. We even have a website already... how's that for a group of geezers!! www.deltapickleball.org
You can find our play times on there, as we move forward in promoting the game. We will be having beginner lessons, a lock box for folks to access free paddles, balls, etc. Mini Tournaments too. As we evolve, we will have equal level play times throughout the week, but right now come out and enjoy.
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in North America. We applaud Delta Council and Delta Parks and Recreation for their foresight."
Report from Walter Knecht, BC's Pickleball Ambassador:
"Following the model and success of the Vancouver Island Pickleball Team League, NorthShore Pickleball initiated a Lower Mainland Pickleball League. As of August 1st registration opened, with a target close of August 15th. This early cutoff would hopefully enable all league matches to be completed by late October before we are chased inside by inclement (wet) weather.
The name suggests Lower Mainland and it has been advertised in the Lower Mainland so far. There is no geographical restriction though - just be cognizant of travel requirements - we would welcome any team from any place.
Details of the rules, registration form, etc. available on the NSPB website.
At the time of writing this there are two teams already registered (one at the 5.0 level and one 3.5+) plus I know of significant conversations in both the Pitt Meadows area and the Sunshine Coast.
Any questions please do not hesitate to email or call: firstname.lastname@example.org (604.218.9424)."
On National Pickleball Day, Saturday, August 12th, the recently formed Delta Pickleball Club will be holding a grand opening of 3 dedicated pickleball courts located at Memorial Park, 5010 47th Avenue. The Mayor and other dignitaries will be holding an official opening ceremony at 10:00 am. The plan for the 5 hour day is, after the opening, to show folks what the game is about and have teachers, paddles, balls, etc. for everyone to try out this great sport. More information, and how to contact the club, at their website here.
On Tuesday, August 1st North Shore Pickleball hosted a group of seniors from the North Shore Summerhill Parc Retirement Residence. Doug Perkins, a NSPB regular and bus driver/entertainment guy (?) for the Residence, as part of his work organized and brought a group of seniors, to Myrtle Fraser Park North Vancouver, to play pickleball. Average age was not discussed but Gerda Thrane (pictured above) claimed to be the 'senior' at just shy of 99 (that is not a typo)! More details and a couple pictures on the NSPB website.
For links to images and videos of the 2017 Canadian Nationals visit our Tournaments Photo Gallery page.