Volunteers Needed!

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The upcoming Canadian Mental Health Association tournament in Penticton is looking for volunteers.

The tournament runs Sept 16 – 18, 2022. See the attached poster for details.


Vernon Tournament Results

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Congrats to the following Penticton Pickleball Club members for bringing home medals from Rally in the Valley in Vernon Aug 12-14, 2022.

Rolf Ryback and James Pye – Bronze in 3.0 MD

Leanne Barnes and Donna Hammerquist – Bronze in 3.0 WD

Lori Burgoyne and Karen Heinrich – Silver in 4.0 WD

Carol McCabe and Dave Burgoyne – Bronze in 4.0 MXD

Gord Barnes and Dave Burgoyne – Silver in 4.5 MD

Kim Coleman and partner – Silver in 4.5 WD

Kelowna Tournament Results

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Penticton Pickleball Club was well represented at the Kelowna Regency Retirement Resorts Tournament this past weekend (July 15-17, 2022). Congratulations to the following medal winners:

Rob Ferguson, Bronze 4.0 Men’s Singles, 50+

Denise Milne/Sue Hatfield, Bronze 4.0 WD, 60+

Leah Schulting, Gold, 4.5 WD, Any Age

Stephane Delisle/Julie Cornett-Ching, Silver, 3.0 MXD, Any Age

Mary Wu, Gold, 3.5 MXD, 60+

Helen Tidder, Bronze, 4.0 MXD, 60+

Kham Douangpanya, Bronze, 4.5 MXD, 50+

Leah Schulting/Sunny Sidhu, Bronze, 4.5 MXD, Any Age

Mary Wu and partner, Gold, 3.5 MXD, 60+

Media Launch at Boston Pizza

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Canadian Mental Health Association’s Pickleball Tournament Media Launch

Calling on all Pickleball Players and Supporters of Mental Health! Our Pickleball for Mental Health tournament Media Launch is on July 22 at Boston Pizza from 7 pm to closing.

Tickets are $30 and include a 50/50, silent auctions, raffles and other FUNdraising activities.

An anonymous donor will match all funds raised at this event.

For tickets, call Mary (250) 493-8999, Diane (604) 990-9886, or see Leah (778) 931-0023.

Congrats to PPC winners!

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Congrats to Penticton Pickleball Club members receiving medals at the Hook, Line and Dinker Tournament in Christina Lake on June 24-26, 2022:

Men’s Doubles 4.0 – Silver to Don MacIntyre/Ian Brown

Women’s Doubles 4.0 – Gold to Helen Tidder/partner (sorry, no pic)

Women’s Doubles 4.0 – Bronze to Carol McCabe/Lori Burgoyne

Women’s Doubles 5.0/4.5 – Gold to Christine Hammersely/partner
Women’s Doubles 5.0/4.5 – Bronze to Leah Schulting/Kim Coleman

Mixed Doubles 5.0/4.5 – Silver to Leah Schulting/partner

Curling Club Tries Pickleball!

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BIG thanks to Brian Hodson and Bob Craig for providing instruction to 13 members from the Penticton Curling Club last Friday evening.

Judging by the laughter, the curlers-come-pickleballers had a great time! None of the participants had played pickleball before, but were doing well after only a short practice. By the end of the clinic they were playing games with smiles and new-found skills.

Thanks also to Terri Draude (PPC Secretary extraordinaire) for organizing and administering the session and to Sharon Romank for taking pictures and helping out with tips for the new players.

Eye Protection Recommended!

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A reminder from Walter Knecht of Pickleball BC  that wearing eye protection when playing pickleball is highly recommended.

Yesterday I was informed of quite a serious pickleball accident here in BC!

The player, now patient, suffered what appears to be a direct hit – ball to one eye. Even with corrective emergency surgery the player may not ever have vision in that eye again.

This is the worst injury I am aware of but not the only eye injury this year.

In 2019 we had a round of discussions, some investigations into protective eyewear, and some let’s say ‘warnings’ to get or be protected when playing. I was made aware of a company selling pretty decent eye protective wear. A couple BC players had their product and were real happy with the glasses provided. Those glasses were not rated for pickleball so probably many of our inquires did not result in an uptake. I have sent a reopening email to that company minutes ago – let us try round 2.

If anyone has sourced good protective eyewear – please let me know so I can spread the word!

We need to be proactive!

When I get more information on equipment available – I will send another email blast.



Clinic! July 23 Steve Deakin Pickleball

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On Saturday, July 23, 2022, your PPC is hosting two clinics with instructors Robin and Dana D’Abreo from Steve Deakin Pickleball. 

The 8:00-10:00 a.m. clinic is designed for players playing at the 3.0 to 3.5 level, and if you are a 3.5 to 3.9 player then sign up for the 10:00-noon session.   

Registration is directly through the website stevedeakinpickleball.com.  Cost is $75.  Registration is limited to 16 participants per session.

Since the registration is not on our PPC website or Court Reserve, anyone from anywhere can register, so get your spot booked early!

PPC at Seniors’ Week

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Penticton Pickleball Club was well represented during Seniors’ Week by Debbie Wagar and Shirley Persson.  A Community Groups exhibition was held at the Penticton Seniors Drop-In Centre as the wind-up for Seniors’ Week.

Debbie reports there was quite a bit of interest in our club.  Most people knew about pickleball, and some had even played before.

Many thanks to Debbie and Shirley for hosting the table!

Congrats to Our PPC Members!

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Congratulations to our Penticton Pickleball Club members who medaled in the Kamloops Tournament this past weekend. Way to go!

Kim Coleman and partner, Gold, Mixed Doubles 4.5

Leah Schulting, Bronze, Women’s Singles 4.0+

Gord Barnes, Leah Schulting, Pat Meyer representing Penticton Pickleball Club in fine form!

Pat Meyer & Gord Barnes, Gold, Men’s Doubles 4.0

Pat Meyer, Bronze, Men’s Singles 3.0/3.5