Pickleball season a big success

Oceanside Pickleball Club membership jumps after City of Parksville offers use of community tennis courts

Another successful outdoor season wrapped up for the Oceanside Pickleball Club in October.

The club’s move to the Parksville community tennis courts this summer gave members access to more playing area than ever before. This resulted in membership topping out at 169 with a promise of even more players next season.

Pickleball is growing in leaps and bounds all over North America and the Parksville Qualicum Beach area is part of this explosion in popularity.

The introduction of a new daily play schedule to include both open play and level play was well received by members. This allowed for players of all abilities to mix with everyone and also offered players of like ability to compete at their own level.  This system is unique to the Oceanside Pickleball Club and was enjoyed by members as well as the 195 drop-in players from all across North America who joined local play this year.

“The Wacky Tacky tournament held in June is our craziest and most popular tournament which focuses on fun, fun, fun,” organizer Donna Turner said. “Players come dressed in the wackiest outfits and that seems to be as much a part of the enjoyment as playing the games.”

The club’s year-end tournament in September had a full slate of competitors in both men’s and ladies competition. This format gives players a much-needed break between their six games. The wind-up party that followed at Parksville Curling Club was a huge success, Turner said, with the “Picklebelles” providing a highlight with a rendition of their clever composition of a song, complete with pickleball necklaces and enthusiastically presented dance moves.

The club credits the City of Parksville for its co-operation in allowing members the opportunity to use the tennis courts this year.

“We are grateful for this assistance and look forward to working with them as we continue to expand our membership and attract visitors to our area at a venue that satisfies the needs of this community,” said Turner.

The Oceanside Pickleball Club extends its thanks to sponsors including Dairy Queen, which has been on board for three years; and Glen MacPherson of Royal

LePage Realty, and Todd Sjorgren and Keith Anderson of BMO Nesbitt Burns, who joined two years ago.

— Submitted by Donna Turner

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