Pickleball moves into spotlight amid sports cancellations

While summer sport clubs continue to cancel their 2020 seasons, it becomes harder to know what sports are actually available to play right now.

All golf courses are open, as are tennis courts and disc golf courses, but the Peace Country Pickleball Club is one of the best suited sports and clubs to thrive right now.

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While the club can't hold any competitions or even a regular drop-in night yet (not until B.C. begins Phase 3), it does have club members and new players playing at the Taylor tennis courts regularly on weekday evenings after 6:30 p.m.

"The courts are being used every evening and we're playing lots of pickelball. We're limiting a court to groups of four, and ask new players to contact a club executive to show them were cleaning supplies are located and what will be expected of them prior to heading to the court," said club president Robin Sipe.

The Taylor courts are one of the few ones in the Peace Region that have full pickelball lines, and the courts are fully useable for both tennis and pickleball.

Though the sport is thought of as a game for seniors, Sipe is quick to dispel that notion, saying only about a third of the club's 60 members are over the age of 55, and there are 10 kids who regularly play at the courts as well.

For those unsure of what exactly pickleball is, think of tennis but with a paddle and whiffle ball instead of a racket and ball.

If you'd like to play or at least give the sport a try, head down to the courts this week. Sipe said beginners and new players are always welcome, especially now that pickleball is one of the few sports that can actually be played. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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