Last Sunday marked the sixth annual Arena Bowl Pickleball Challenge at Gibsons Community Centre.
The Sunshine Coast Pickleball Association’s tournament once again featured the talents of several of its 200+ members. When the whiffle-type pickleballs finally fell silent, gold and silver medals were awarded to 14 doubles teams in seven skill-based events.
Arena Bowl Winners: 3.0 Women: Carmen Brown & Pam Iwaskiuk (Gold), Sharon St. Laurent & Diane Hatch (Silver), 3.0 Men: Mark Slater & Al Bowman (Gold), Steve Forgacs & Brian Chipman (Silver). 3.5 Men: Rick Kenward & Russ Drake (Gold), Aare Kuusk & Ross Miller (Silver). 4.0 Men: Kirk Exner & Pete Grassmann (Gold), Par Noren and Neil Hendren (Silver). 3.0 Mixed: Lynn Smith & Brad Ivens (Gold), Lynnette Robinson & Andy Green (Silver). 3.5 Mixed: Tom Pinfold & Nely Sepy (Gold), Carol Brophy & Tim Dayton (Silver). 4.0 Mixed: Kirk Exner & Lin Buckler (Gold), Ceilo Lyle-Shortt & Par Noren (Silver).
More events such as fun skills competitions, family days, youth pickleball, and a float for Canada Day are planned for the summer months by the Sunshine Coast’s thriving pickleball community.
– Submitted by John R. Bell