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.

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