Some of our members recently competed in the Kimberly/Cranbrook 2018 55+ Games and were very successful!
2018 Duncan Dazzle Fun Tournament
Thanks to Ron and Dee for another successful tournament.
2018 Mexican Madness Fun Tournament
Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at Oliver Woods Community Centre
Thanks to Ronnie and Dee for another successful Tournament!
Members can now renew their membership online. Please click here to go to the Payment page. Membership renewal is $10 and is valid from May 1st to April 30th.
Be introduced to the fastest growing sport in North America in a fun and friendly environment.
Open to all skill levels.
Where: Oliver Woods Community Centre
When: 12:30 til 2:30pm
Make sure you wear gym clothes and indoor sneakers as you will be learning the basic rules & skills while playing games.
To register, call Nanaimo Parks and Rec at 250-756-5200. Space is limited so register early.
Congratulations to Clive Jones from our club who won Men’s 3.5 80+ age group singles Gold Medal at the USAPA Nationals in Casa Grande Arizona! He also competed in Men’s and Mixed Doubles. Inga Makepeace, also from our club, competed in 3 events there and did very well in all three!! Congrats to Clive & Inga and all the other Vancouver Island players competing at this high level pickleball competition.
We would like to thank everyone who participated and volunteered in this year’s Madness – we would like to especially thank Senor Ron Pitcher and Senoras Dee Pitcher and Nancy Stern for all their organizing efforts.
Pickleball players will now be serving at Beaufort Park thanks to work by Nanaimo Pickleball Club and City of Nanaimo Parks and Recreation.
The club and city hosted a grand opening event Saturday, which saw six courts officially unveiled to players. It was the culmination of a number of years of work by the two groups.
Dave Eaton, Nanaimo Pickleball Club president, said pickleball is increasing in popularity. Plans started three years ago when he began meeting with Richard Harding, city director of parks and rec, and Al Britton, city manager of parks operations.
“We worked out a plan to convert one of the tennis courts at Beban Park into two pickleball courts,” said Eaton. “That went very well and two years ago last May we opened those courts and it was just a huge success. The problem was there was only two courts and a lot of players wanting to play.”
Beaufort Park was decided on as a site for more courts to help alleviate the glut of players.
Coun. Bill Bestwick, parks, recreation and wellness committee chairman, said if there is demand, more pickleball courts could be added.
“I’m certain if the popularity of this venue here proves to be as successful as we think it will, I have no doubt that there will be a third request for another facility and time will tell, but certainly by all the activity that’s going on here … and at the one at Beban Park, I won’t be surprised to see another one in the near future,” said Bestwick.
Dwight Lobson, a pickleball player, was impressed with the new courts.
“It’s awesome,” said Lobson. “It’s a very good court. Nice and even. Lots of people coming out. Last week or so, it’s been just packed like this every morning.”
Karl Yu, reporter, Nanaimo News Bulletin
Check out the 6 new outdoor pickleball courts at Beaufort Park. Thanks to City of Nanaimo Parks and Rec and the efforts of our Club President, Dave Eaton, for making this happen. To find where the courts are go to the ‘Places to Play’ tab.