On behalf of the City of Abbotsford thank you for attending the 2nd Annual Pickleball Canada National Open Championships on July 6th and 7th here in the City of Abbotsford. In follow up to our tournament I am forwarding a letter from Dave Shepherd, President, Pickleball Canada and Tournament Director, 2013 National Open.
Community Recreation Coordinator
Abbotsford Recreation Centre
On behalf of Pickleball Canada, I would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and sponsors for making this year's National another great success. The calibre of play was extremely high and although it was extremely competitive all matches were played in a spirit of friendship and fair play. It would be fair to say that we are seeing in Abbotsford some of the best play in the country. We welcomed participants from all parts of North America, from Ontario to Vancouver Island, from Alaska to Arizona. Other than local players in the Greater Vancouver area, all the other participants came to Abbotsford at considerable personal expense to play in the National, and we hope they enjoyed the event and their visit to Abbotsford. We are very fortunate to be able to have this wonderful venue at Abbotsford Rec. Centre and Yale Secondary School and most of all, the cooperation and support we receive from the City of Abbotsford and their entire team is immeasurable. Fortunately this is a city that has a great reputation as a welcoming host city for sporting events.
As Tournament Director for this event, I am certainly aware of some of the limitations when trying to fit in 21 events in 2 days. This year there were 228 registered participants compared to 163 last year.
Planning for next year's event will get under way in about 2 month's time.
I invite your comments and feedback on this year's tournament.
Again, a big thank you to you all.
President, Pickleball Canada
Tournament Director, 2013 National Open