The District of West Van has completed the work at 29th and Marine Drive and there are 3 brand new pickleball courts in that location. Our heartiest congratulations are extended to our sport’s ambassadors-Ed and Lilly Orlovsky, who have dedicated years of hard work towards acquiring some dedicated courts on the North Shore. The courts look great!
A huge congratulation goes out to all our club members who played in the Super Seniors Kelowna tournament – Petar U, Sharon V, Merilyn H, Joanne M, Bruce F and Walt K. We are very proud that Bruce and Walt won the Gold medal in the 65+ years of age in the 3.5 level play category. Well done!
Murdo Frazer hosted a special event to reinforce the notion that pickleball is a sport for all ages. 60 people attended the event which started at 9 am, and 55 of those in attendance brought their paddles and were ready to play.
It was an honour to introduce 7 of our SUPER SENIOR members. Our over-80 members in attendance were Ed and Lilly Orlovsky, Allan and Diana Marr, and John Kennedy. Two of our members playing on Saturday were 92 year old Elmer Helm and 90 year old Jack Hardy. One court at Murdo was designated for the super seniors and they played several games over a few hours. We also had one game where Elmer, at 92 years of age, partnered up with Connor B, a 17 year old club member. Imagine a sport where the age difference of the partners is an amazing 75 years, and they played against two 80 year old players!
Thank you to our Super Seniors for giving us with some good entertainment, and for the inspiration you provide us.
As part of National Pickleball Day, a very successful Learn to Play session was held at Murdo Frazer for family and friends. We introduced the sport of pickleball to 20 new players-4 under the age of 21, and 16 adults. A special thank you to the 10 regular players of our club who assisted on each court to teach and encourage these new players.
The North Shore Pickleball Club held a very successful one-day tournament on March 24, 2018. We had 78 entries in two separate formats: a rotating partner format, and a fixed partner format.
Thank you to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to help make this third annual tournament a success: on the food side – Georgia Hunter, Ann Hale, Ann Westwood, Diane Brothers, and Pat Crawford; on the registration desk, scoring desk and marshalling – Linda McIntosh, Paulette Cloutier, Lorinda Rawlings, Ed Orlovsky, Estha Murenbeeld, Anis Kanji, Chris Minions, Ginny Minions, Gael Hannula, Patty Tougas; and, for assisting with set up / take down, Jo-Ann Elliott and Ivy Hung.
We also would like to thank the tournament director, Charles Neufeldt, and the NS Pickleball Club President, Linda Sullivan who supervised the day’s events.
Thank you to all the sponsors:
- Manta World Sport
- Cono Sur by Authentic Wines
- Bean Around the World
- Parkgate Farm Market
- Rackets and Paddles
Thank you also to all the people who donated and collected the door prizes—15 in total, which included wine, coffee cards, pickleballs, a sport bag, and shirts. Thank you Dennis Hoffman, Patty Tougas, Pat Crawford, Georgia Hunter and Allan Gauthier.
Thank you to all the participants who entered our third annual Picklemania tournament at Parkgate; and thank you to all the spectators who showed up to cheer on their family and friends during the day.