Pickleball season opens with clinics Monday

Paul Leeder, right, of the KW Badminton Club, gave instruction and demonstrations Monday at the Pyramid Centre during a series of three Pickleball clinics for seniors from around the area interested in learning about the racquetball sport.

Ron Mayer, left, of Exeter, and Paul Evans of London were among the 60 seniors who attended Pickleball clinics at the Pyramid Centre on Monday.
Ron Mayer, left, of Exeter, and Paul Evans of London were among the 60 seniors who attended Pickleball clinics at the Pyramid Centre on Monday.

By Dan Rankin

60 seniors from around the region came out to the Pyramid Centre on Monday to take part in a series of instructional PIckleball clinics organized by Town Senior Services Program Coordinator Vanessa De Groot and led by Pickleball champion Paul Leeder, of the KW Badminton Club. Leeder, along with his doubles partner Looey Trembay, have won medals at numerous tournaments across Canada and the United States, including a silver last month at the US Open Pickleball Championship in Naples, Florida.

Pickleball, which has been called the fastest growing sport in North America, is a racquet sport with rules blending tennis, badminton and table tennis and can be played in doubles or singles matches.

Throughout the summer, the Town will be hosting Pickleball games for seniors at the tennis courts from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Mondays, and then on the concrete pad of the Blue Rink at the Pyramid Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The events are free for the summer. “It’s for any skill level,” De Groot said. “We’re encouraging everyone including beginners to come give it a try.”

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