The Pickleball Canada National Championships began yesterday and run until Sunday, August 27th.
“A Fun Time For Sure”
Over 600 players from all across Canada are competing for the title of the country’s best pickleball player in age categories ranging from 16 to 75.
The tournament categories consist of men’s and women’s singles as well as doubles and mixed doubles as well.
Pickleball Canada president Val Vollmin told CTV Morning Live: “Everybody is looking forward to the tournament; it’s going to be a fun time for sure,”
“Some Fantastic Pickleball”
CTV News Regina report that a total of 32 courts will be set aside for the tournament at the Viterra International Trade Centre and Queen City Hub in the town of Regina.
Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan, Canada, and is about 300 miles northwest of Bismarck, North Dakota.
Vollmin continued, “There’s lots of parking and lots of room for spectators and no charge for spectators as well. We’d love to have you come down and check it out. If you want to see some fantastic pickleball, this would be the place to be this week,” she said.
Inspiring More To Embrace The Sport
According to Vollmin, the choice of host city for the national pickleball championships in Canada alternates between the eastern and western regions. Regina was selected as this year’s host due to the successful Western regional event organized by Pickleball Regina.
“They felt ready to take on a national championship; they have 1,000 plus members and lots of volunteers, and we’re thrilled for Pickleball Regina,”
She added that witnessing top-tier Canadian players in action during this competition could inspire more individuals to embrace the sport.
“We had a survey done, and we believe about 1.37 million people in Canada are playing pickleball. The growth is phenomenal; everybody loves the game once they’ve tried it.”
Pickleball’s Inclusive Nature
This growth, Vollmin noted, can be attributed to pickleball’s inclusive nature, making it accessible to a wide range of people for both recreational and competitive play.
Reflecting on the evolution of pickleball in Canada, she mentioned how the sport was relatively unknown in 2010, making it challenging to find courts and fellow enthusiasts.
However, the game’s universal appeal has played a pivotal role in its explosive popularity, offering exercise and social interaction.
Volunteers form an indispensable part of the Myoflex 2023 Pickleball Canada National Championships. With over 500 shifts to be filled and assistance required for takedown between August 27 and 28, the organizers are actively seeking volunteers.
Whether participants, non-players, supporters of players, or referees, anyone interested is encouraged to sign up and contribute.
Pickleball Regina Inc.
Pickleball Regina Inc., established in 2017 as a non-profit membership corporation, is dedicated to fostering the growth of pickleball for all age groups in Regina. Their approach involves offering structured recreational and competitive play opportunities, promoting player development, and supporting the enhancement of pickleball facilities within the city.
Membership with Pickleball Regina Inc. grants access to exclusive programs, ball machine rentals, and discounts at the Queen City Pickleball Hub store. A partnership with them facilitates organized pickleball programs at the Queen City Pickleball Hub, catering to various skill levels.
Programs range from recreational open play for all skill levels to specialized formats like “Recreational No-Slam,” tailored for beginners.
Individuals are encouraged to explore the Pickleball Regina Inc. website for detailed information on program enrollment and participation.
The collaboration between Pickleball Regina Inc. and the Queen City Pickleball Hub underscores their commitment to promoting and facilitating pickleball engagement for the community.
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