More than 300 pickleball players from five Canadian provinces and territories converge in Regina for the inaugural Western Canadian Regional Pickleball Championship.
“It’s a great feeling to be back after a long time, it’s to come back and see a lot of people play and watch a game of pickles,” said Pickleball Regina board member and co-chair Alan Carpentier.
The championship tournament takes place inside the Vitera International Trade Center, bringing together pickleball aficionados from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.
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The sport is becoming increasingly popular in the Queen City. Pickleball Regina’s membership declined from thirty-five in twenty-seven to over nine hundred members by June 2022.
The tournament runs through the weekend and ends on Sunday night.
“Well, we’re here because we’re hosting the inaugural Western Canadian Regional Championship that’s been delayed for the past few years. We were supposed to host it in 2020. So we’re here today. So that’s great, says Carpentier. Huh.
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291 participants are registered and 45 are referees. They have more than 150 volunteers.
“Participants are excited to be here. The volunteers were just happy, loving it,” he said.
He said the event was attended by Laura Ross from the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, Ward 4 Councilor Lori Bresciani and the President of Pickleball Canada.
“This game is a social game, anyone can play it but the biggest group of people who play this game is probably over 40. We’re really trying to encourage young people to come and play, said the carpenter.
He said that they are faced with the challenge of not having proper facilities to accommodate the games throughout the year. “We have 21 courts here that we can play on this weekend. So it’s fantastic.”
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