It may have a strange name, but it becoming one of the fastest growing sports in North America. The sport is rapidly growing in Canada as the interest continues to grow.
If you combined tennis and badminton and added oversized ping-pong paddles, you have the latest sport - PICKLEBALL. The sport is perfect for anyone that has lingering injuries. For example, the serve is underhand so it's better for those with shoulder injuries. The court is smaller than a tennis court, so the knees and hips aren't tested as much. Like tennis, it can be playing in a singles or doubles format and it has its own list of definitions and rules. It's called a game for all: grandparents and parents can play with youngsters.
As the result of the popularity of pickleball, it has been introduced as an event in the Sask. Senior Fitness Association (SSFA), 55+ Games in all eight district games in the province. The Southeast Connection district games will be held in May, 2016. Qualifiers may choose to represent the district at the Provincial games in the Battlefords, July 5, 6 & 7, 2016. Check the website - www.ssfa.ca for more information.
You are invited to come and learn to play pickleball on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 a.m. at the Weyburn Tennis Club in Jubilee Park. There is no cost - only fun! If you are interested, contact Lois Watts at 306-842-5056.
Submitted by Margaret Gailing-Stepp, SSFA Prov’l President