Get ready for an epic showdown on the pickleball courts! The Ponoka Pickleball Club is hosting a tournament against their rivals, the Bashaw Pickleball Club, on September 16th, 2023. This clash of the pickleball titans is sure to be one for the ages.
The tournament will take place at the Ponoka tennis courts located by the local pool, beginning at 9:30 AM. Club member Shirley Turner says they are “pretty excited” to be hosting their first ever tournament in Ponoka. About 30 players from the two clubs are expected to participate in the round-robin style event.
“It’s going to be fun!” says Turner enthusiastically. As both a player and spectator, I have to agree – pickleball is one of the most social and engaging sports around. The positive energy and camaraderie on display at any pickleball tournament is infectious.
Players of all skill levels are welcome to join in the competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each division. The $20 registration fee per player goes towards court rental, balls, and other supplies to make the tournament run smoothly.
After the heated action on the courts wraps up, players can look forward to relaxing and recapping the day’s highlights over a shared meal. As Turner notes, the social aspect of pickleball is just as integral as the athletic competition. Gathering together and swapping stories is the cherry on top of every pickleball event.
For newcomers curious about pickleball, Turner encourages community members to stop by the tournament on the 16th. Watching high-level play is one of the best ways to understand and appreciate this rapidly growing sport. Within minutes, any observer will be able to pick up on the basics – the paddle, the whiffle ball, the double bounce serve. And they’ll surely notice the energy and camaraderie that pickleball naturally cultivates.
Turner assures that pickleball can be enjoyed at any age or skill level. As she says, “You don’t have to be a perfect athlete to do it.” The Ponoka club welcomes casual players looking for recreation and exercise, as well as competitive types eager to improve their game and test their abilities. The sport offers something for everyone.
As pickleball continues gaining popularity across Canada, communities like Ponoka and Bashaw are fueling the growth. Grassroots clubs and local tournaments provide a gateway to the sport. Not only that, they help build community in the process. Events like this upcoming showdown create lasting memories and connections.
So mark your calendars for September 16th! This pickleball battle is sure to be a highlight of the year for players and spectators alike. Let the games begin!