PENTICTON MAYOR ANDREW Jakubeit completes a follow through during a pickleball match as the Penticton Pickleball Club held its grand opening last weekend.

PENTICTON MAYOR ANDREW Jakubeit completes a follow through during a pickleball match as the Penticton Pickleball Club held its grand opening last weekend.

Pickleball grand opening a hit

The Penticton Pickleball Club enjoyed a successful grand opening

The Penticton Pickleball Association celebrated its four new courts with a grand opening on April 30.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place under clear skies with 83 dignitaries, pickle ball members and guests in attendance. The mood was festive with balloons, flags, music and a genuine feeling of camaraderie, sportsmanship and accomplishment.

Penticton Pickleball president Mark Tamblyn reported a huge jump in membership and mayor Andrew Jakubeit’s opening remarks stated he was surprised and very happy by the large turnout.

The popularity of the sport has resulted in a successful initiative by the city to build designated facilities located at the Robinson Garden South Main Drop-In Centre on 2965 Main St.

The new courts were funded by the city which put up $59,000 along with the Southern Interior Local Government Association that provided a further $10,000, plus New Horizons for Seniors provided an additional $25,000.

All the courts were in use during the grand opening with club representatives playing the mayor, council and city employees.

Pickleball is not only one of Penticton’s fastest growing sports, but also becoming strong in B.C. and North America.

It’s a court game that’s become very popular with the 55-plus community due to the fact that it’s fun, energetic, and has a positive social aspect for everyone.

Highlighting the ceremony was the presentation of a lifetime membership award to Jack Byron for his service to the pickleball community over the past several years.

The Penticton Pickleball club welcomes everyone. Those interested can sign up at pentictonpickleball.blogspot.ca. Lessons are offered weekly and open court times are listed on the website.

Highlighting the ceremony was the presentation of a lifetime membership award to Jack Byron for his service to the pickleball community over the past several years.

 

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