Sunday, June 17, 2018
Dear friends, members, fellow picklers throughout the sports fraternity, I tried to find a suitable time to retire from the sport I have loved and given so much to – but Fathers Day seemed appropriate. It is with a sense of pride that I have observed the
formation of the 4th largest program in North America – 430 + programs and 313 instructors certified.
As the first instructor in South Surrey rec – the largest program in Canada, Luba Jehovah and I trained some 350 players from may 2005 to December 2005. In May 2008, I founded, funded and ran Pickleball Canada for two years and the five founding members recruited 400 paid members – 100 more than the USAPA did in their first year.
In 2011 BC Pickleball assoc was formed and registered as a non-profit within the Province of BC as the official name for the province.
Now, this entity is being merged with the more recent Pickleball BC to form one provincial entity with Walter Knecht as the head. This will allow for continuity and for me to retire after 13 years at the helm of this non – profit “www.BCPickleball.com.
I believe that everyone will agree that the level of awareness of our sport has amazed many. How have they done it everyone says? No press – no newspaper coverage, no tv coverage but huge growth. Truthfully many played a big part especially those who took on the running of our many rec centers, outdoor facilities, private clubs etc.
Unlike other provinces, we have partnered with many sports and societies like badminton, basketball, lacrosse, curling, skating rinks, the dragon boat society, the dancing picklers tennis etc, to make new formations and welcome players from all walks of life. Also, we have invested 13 years teaching students in elementary as well as high schools. Our seniors have been key here as they came to the fore and helped us teach so that in one week of our time, one school was taught and had completed a tourney by Friday with some 500 attendees seeing the kids play amazing pickleball.
At this time, we will also join together the two national entities pickleball Canada and the Canadian Pickleball Federation to allow for funding to occur at the national as well as provincial level.
With our infrastructure almost complete we can now build the sport to a national and international level. I am very proud to see where the sport has come to and likely to progress to – so my departure will seem seamless – I hope.
I would like to thank all those (hundreds) who have helped to produce this result in and for Canada – including the snowbirds who were instrumental in getting it off the ground in 2008. Now our programs are self-sufficient and growing exponentially. Just yesterday
I was in Richmond teaching the golf and country club for the second year and learned that Steveston community center will introduce pickleball on July 11, 2018, at 6:15 to 7:45 pm. On the same day, little White Rock added four new courts to have 12 courts. Wow!
I shall always be available to those who wish to inquire, ask, or pick my brain for historical contexts or direction at my email address – It has been an honor to serve you all!
In this volunteer capacity. My retirement has been enriched by your involvement and acquaintance. I wish you all well!
Yours in sport and health,
founding director – www.Pickleballcanada.org (Ret)
founding director – www.BCPickleball.com (ret as of today)
ph – 604-536-9602