Beauties, Beasts, And The Canadian Nationals… cont’d

Last week in part one of this edition, we heard from some of the top Canuck players who competed at last month’s tournament in Kelowna. There are some good developments happening for individual players and for pb communities in our country and that was evident by the strong showing by some of our Canadian pickleheads. We also had an interview with Seattle player Chris Miller, who has been coming to the Canadian Nationals since the inaugural tournament at Abbotsford in … Continue reading

Beauties, Beasts, And The Canadian Nationals

Friday, July 8th was a ”first” for me. I had never been to a big pickleball event and that day was the start of Canada’s National pickleball tournament in Kelowna…It was a chance for me to talk with many of the YouTube players that I had corresponded with but never met in person. I was nervous to start with, but soon discovered that ”picklenuts” are ”picklenuts” whether we are ranked 3.0’s or 5.0’s…The top players are happy to meet their … Continue reading

The Three Bees – Chapter 2

When you attend a major pb event like the Canadian Nationals, you get to see the rare species of pickleballers that can be competitive in the 5.0 tournament level…These are the .01 percenters – the small group of individuals that win medals in open play. Within this group, there is an even smaller number of doubles players that are capable, with the right partner, of capturing gold – and then there is someone else….someone unique….there is Sarah. In this edition … Continue reading

The Three Bees

I am at a deluxe pickleball clinic and life is beautiful…Six of us are sharing a three bedroom resort suite that has a view of Lake Okanagan. The grounds are extensive with hiking paths and old  Ponderosa pine trees. The company is compatible, and as a bonus, we are learning things about pickleball. For me, that is the best part of all…I have hundreds of questions for two of my roommates. They are the reigning women’s doubles champions from last … Continue reading

Eh, Canada…We Stand On Guard For Pickleball

So here we are….Only a week or so from the start of the Canadian National PB Tournament in Kelowna! This edition is pre-event info, with comments from some of the top players making their way to our fair country. I’ve got quite a bit to blog about, so without further palaver, let’s play…. Let’s get a good rally going with: Brian Ashworth (alias The Beard) 1. Hi Brian, where do you live (still in Kent, Wa), and what is the … Continue reading