Douglas Farrow/Contributor Dave McLure and Brenda Martel (right) play a mixed doubles match Saturday at the Parkinson Rec Centre courts during the Pickleball Canada National Tournament.

‘Good run’ for Kelowna as national hosts

Kelowna hosts Pickleball Canada National Tournament for fourth straight year at Parkinson courts

With the number of registered players more than doubling in the last year, pickleball is among the fastest growing sports in Canada.

There are now more than 13,000 people across the country taking to the courts on an annual basis, including more than 400 of those who make their home in Kelowna, often recognized as a hotbed of pickleball.

Last weekend, the game was front and centre in the Okanagan as Pickleball Kelowna played host to the Pickleball Canada National Tournament—featuring 430 players from across North America—at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Kelowna’s four-year run as hosts for the national event has come to an end—at least for now—as Kingston, ON has been chosen by Pickleball Canada to host the 2019 tournament.

The 2018 event was played on 12 dedicated pickleball courts at Parkinson, along with 16 more temporary ones on the Basil Meikle Tennis Courts.

If Pickleball Kelowna is to remain firmly on the map for future national events, club spokesman Wayne Pierce said a larger, dedicated pickleball facility will need to be built.

“It’s been a really good run for us, we certainly recognized going into this that Pickleball Canada wants to move this around the country and we understand that,” said Pierce.

“We would like to host this again one day, but with the tremendous growth the sport is enjoying all across the country, we need more facilities here, a platform where all the courts are together. It’s something we’ll continue to pursue with the city.”

Pierce said regardless of when the nationals return, Pickleball Kelowna will continue to host major annual events—perhaps a Canadian Open or Western Canadian championship.

As far as the benefits the community reaps from hosting such events, the nationals this year generated an estimated $1 million for the local economy.

On the court, the 2018 Canada National Tournament was temporarily hindered by rain on Friday afternoon, but Pierce said by mid-day on Saturday all matches were back on schedule.

Here’s a look at how local players fared at the national tournament:

• Men’s doubles senior open—Mike Schwarz and Jay Rippel (Issaquah, WA), gold

• Men’s singles Open—Jordan Renwick, silver

• Women’s Singles Open—Chantal Plamondon, silver

• Mixed Doubles Open—Roberta Meakin and Marco Jankowiak (Fraser Valley), bronze

• Men’s 4.5 doubles—Jordan Renwick and Andreas Wins-Purdy, silver

• Women’s doubles 4.5—Lorena McClure and Jillian Jackson, bronze

• Women’s doubles 4.0— Jillian Nicholls and Chantal Plamondon (Quebec), silver

• Women’s doubles 3.5—Beverly Shoaf and Margaret Kessler, silver

• Women’s doubles Open—Roberta Meakin and Jayna Mikuse (Kamloops), gold; and Laura Schwarz and Sue Fosbery, silver

• Mixed doubles senior Open—Laura Schwarz and Mike Schwarz, silver

• Mixed doubles 4.5—Karen Austin and Naveed Butt (Nanton, AB), bronze

• Mixed doubles 4.0—Stan Kuropatwa and Chantal Plamondon, bronze

• Women’s 3.5 singles—Anne Pettit, silver

• Men’s singles 3.5—Michael Botterill, silver

Just Posted

UBC Okanagan professor tasked with increasing diversity in science

Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology names new associate chair

West Kelowna begin flushing Lakeview Water System

Water service will not be interrupted but boil water notices will be in effect

Prospera Place gives credit union members a break on parking

Prospera Credit Union members will receive $2 off event parking

Growing Okanagan tech sector hailed in new report

Study shows sector employees 12, 474 workers and is worth $1.67 billion to regional economy

Kelowna mayoral candidates clash over Costco location

A tale of two mayoral candidates, and a Costco

Pavement Patty slows drivers near Rutland Elementary

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

VIDEO: Dozens line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

‘Hero’ kid fighting cancer helping with B.C. Children’s Hospital fundraiser

Penticton’s Wills Hodgkinson helping raise funds for B.C. Children’s Hospital

First Nations block roads to stop the moose hunt in B.C.’s Interior

Chief Joe Alphonse confirmed Thursday they’ve deactivated the Raven Lake Road and the Mackin Creek Road just before the Island Lake turnoff

Most Read