Pickleball goes to Whistler

PICKLEBALL GOES TO WHISTLER

20140501_112705ALL ARE WELCOME TO PLAY ON THE OUTDOOR FREE PUBLIC COURT??CHEAKAMUS ( FIRST EXIT ) AS YOU COME INTO WHISTLER

???? Dear members,

?? ?? ?? This past week, April 30 to May 1st- 2014, after?? eight months of medical appointments, Rita and I decided to take a holiday to Whistler – which was predicted to have temperatures in the 80’s for the next couple of days. Only the upper reaches were functional as the snow was dissipating.

???? ?? ?? We opted for some driving range activity, ( golfing not being open for another week ) and some trail hiking as well as just bumming around the village taking in the ambiance and the huge number of young people there. On a lark, we called into the Whistler Tennis/Racquet Club – five outdoor as well as three indoor courts and more to come. They also have a court with stands and lights. As luck would have it, they were just talking about introducing Pickleball as a new income stream both indoor,?? and outdoor. By appointment,the next day, we did a demo with two pros , and answered many questions about the sport in BC . As a result, they are on board to work out a plan with BC Pickleball to introduce the sport at this destination place – with attention to noise abatement – as adjoining hotels might object if the sport presented a noisy front.

???? The red foam ball and noisier small red tennis balls were tried ( we call them foam Pickleball balls ) and discussed as well?? the softer, quieter, Apike paddles, the list of ” too noisy traditional paddles ” from the USA to be published here soon . Other noise abatement strategies were also discussed including the recommendation from Surrey?? that all paddles be welcome for indoor play.

???? While there , we called on the Rec. Centre and elementary schools and high school who may also wish to introduce this kid and adult friendly sport. The Sports Centre is to look at introducing Pickleball to their squash court using a half size Sportime portable set. This would introduce a hybrid game using the back and side walls( like paddle ball).)

?? ?? Last but not least, as with the Richmond Golf Club , the Whistler Golf Club could look at at an introduction in the village itself, at its driving range,providing at the same time a new income stream for golf. So the benefits for Whistler Parks and Rec.,?? as well as tennis, golf, the Sports Complex , the training centre at Cheakamus and schools point to a win win situation for all, including all the young people who come here from all over the world. This will be one more step?? forward for the provincial goal of making our bc population 20% more fit by 2020.

???? We at BC Pickleball wish them well and are willing to help in any way we can. Please let us know if you go to Whistler and would like lessons from the pros at the tennis club, or have taken advantage of the free court shown above.

?? ?? Thanks to Rarks and Rec. Whistler for the new court !

?? YOURS IN SPORT AND HEALTH,

?? CHUCK lEFAIVE

?? FOUNDING DIRECTOR

?? WWW.BCPICKLEBALL.COM


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