The asphalt is down, the lines are painted and the nets are in place, as construction is almost completed on the four courts at the Cricket Club site at 1722 Elford Rd. Shawnigan Lake. This private club is now accepting membership applications. More information here.
From Chicago TV station WGN9 News comes a report "Popularity of pickleball also means more injuries: Here's some tips to play it safe".
Pickleball exploded in popularity during the pandemic, and that has some tennis players upset about sharing court time. View this recent report from CTV News (Vancouver Island):
2021 Pickleball Canada National Championships, played in Red Deer, Alberta, attracted a number of players from Vancouver Island. Many returned with medals. Full results available here. Congratulations to all medal winners and in particular to the Gold medal winners:
Gavin Maxwell (Victoria) Men's Singles Open (10 - 49)
Peter Brix (Victoria) Men's Singles Open (50+)
Marilyn Oldfield (Port Alberni) Women's Doubles 3.5 (60+) w/Helen Tidder (Osoyoos)
Barbara Lawrie (Ladysmith) & Damaris Brix (Victoria) Women's Doubles 4.5 (60+)
Damaris Brix (Victoria) & Peter Brix (Victoria) Mixed Doubles Open (50+)
Peter Brix (Victoria) Men's Doubles Open (50+) w/Barry Mah (Port Moody, BC).
Congratulations to the following 'Island' players who competed in the Men's 4.0 Singles event at the Mid-Summer Slam tournament (Surrey) on July 23-25:
Gold - Rod Hamilton (Courtenay)
Silver - Tony Toledo (Cortes Island).
Full results here.
Read the July edition of Pickleball Fire magazine here.
Includes articles on:
• How to Beat Bangers
• How to Hit a Roll Volley
• Should You Switch Hands?
Plus much more.
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