The sport of pickleball continues to grow! This is reflected by the growing online presence of the sport. Whether it be discussion forums, club websites, social media sites (including Facebook sites and YouTube videos) and equipment marketing sites.
Some of the online tools used by our club are being improved… check them out:
We had a great turnout and a lot of fun on Nov 12 at our Member’s Tournament.
Here are the winners: Group 2.5: 1st Place: Reg E.; 2nd Place: Kevin Dr.; 3rd Place: Rebecca H. Group 3.0: 1st Place: Yvon L.; 2nd Place: Linda S.; 3rd Place: Rodger F. Group 3.5: 1st Place: Kevin Du.; 2nd Place: Dave B.; 3rd Place: Peter K.
THANK YOU! to all the participants, the organizing committee, and those who brought dessert!
On Monday, October 15, 2018, Claudine, President of our Club did a presentation to City Council. The purpose of the presentation was to explain the benefits of future Outdoor Pickleball courts for our members, the Community and the City of Camrose. We had great support from our Club with 16 Pickleball players in attendance.
There was lots of positive interest and many comments and questions from the counsellors. As well Ryan Poole, General Manager of Community Services answered many inquiries as to the feasibility of the proposal, discussing cost and location. He seemed very positive and hopeful mentioning that it would be cost effective to have a structure (hockey rink style) that could have both Pickleball in summer/Skating in winter and it could be utilized year round. Council also stated that it was good timing for this proposal as the City’s Budget is currently being established. The counsellors seemed impressed by the fact that the Club is willing to explore the possibility of applying to funding programs to support this endeavour.
Thank you Claudine for all the research, hard work, and energy you put into this proposal. Hopefully there will be outside Pickleball Courts beside the Recreation Centre in the near future. Regardless of the outcome, it gave the Club the opportunity to promote Pickleball to our City Council. We will continue our ongoing quest for more Pickleball courts for the benefit of our members and the Community.
Keep an eye out for an article and photos in the Camrose Booster regarding our recent proposal. Fingers crossed.
Two Skill Development Sessions were recently conducted by Kevin Duff, a 4.5 player. It was great to see so many members attending and taking the opportunity to improve their games. It was well received. Thank you Kevin!
On Friday, September 14, 2018, our Club had it first Beginner Session which attracted 15 participants, 6 of them were new players that just showed up that morning. We also had 4 new players become members. Watch the Our Play Times Calendar for new Beginner Sessions coming in the near future.
Our last days of summer found us on the courts of the Max McLean Arena contending to find the best of the best. We had 32 players, 17 men and 15 women in 4 groupings. Most points would determine the best 3 players in Mens and the best 3 players in Womens. Hard fought battles in each group left the following as victors:
First – Sandra F. with 71/77 points
Second – Darlene S. with 69/77 points
Third – Marina O. with 68/77 points
First – Lorne S. with 76/77 points
Second – Lin L. with 74/77 points
Third – Dean E. with 72/77 points
We all headed upstairs to feast on delicious hamburgers prepared to perfection by celebrity cooks Sandy and Dave B. Everyone selected from the variety of scrumptious side dishes and desserts to supplement their hearty hamburger. Volunteers are the backbone of our club. We are thankful that we have such great members.
As a special treat we had door prizes (that were left over from our Spring Tournament).
Two $25 gift cards from Smitty’s Restaurant were chosen in a draw.
Women’s draw: Brenda W.
Men’s draw: Richard D.
One gift card from Battle River Sports:
Won by Rebecca H.
If laughter and smiles and ooohs and aaaaws determine the success of our tournament, then we can declare this tournament to be a huge success.
The Camrose Pickleball Club annual general meeting (AGM) for 2018 was held on May 9 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Camrose Recreation Centre. Presentations and discussions were made on various topics affecting the Club following a pot luck supper for all those members in attendance. Additionally, elections were held for vacant positions on the executive and those positions were filled.
Thank you to the outgoing executive members for their past contributions. A special thank you to the outgoing president, Dean E., for all his hard work which has been key to the growth of our club and it’s current operation – which is now being enjoyed by more people than ever before!
Welcome your new Executive:
President- Claudine L.
Vice President- Roy F.
Secretary- Fay E.
Treasurer- Susan N.
Back-up Treasurer- Sandra B.
Membership Coordinator – Jim K.
Money Collector Coordinator – Linda S.
Activities Coordinator- Sandra B.
Organized Play Coordinator- Claudine L.
Material/Equipment- Lorne E.
Our May 05 One Day Open Pickleball Tournament is over and it looks like we can check it off as a success! All of the 116 participants enjoyed their games – and playing with new partners / opponents from far and wide!
Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated door prizes and supported our efforts:
Special Thanks to Red Deer Pickleball Supplies for having their Sales Desk at our tournament! Thank you to all the participants – some who came from far away and endured the travel to get here. Thank you to all of our club members for donating their time to make our first open tournament such a success! And thank you to all those other people who contributed behind the scenes and like to remain anonymous – you know who you are and WE KNOW who you are – and we appreciate your efforts too!