Proceeds from Goderich, Ontario, Pickleball Tournament donated to Strong Kids Campaign

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Published on: May 2, 2019 | Last Updated: May 3, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

The Goderich Pickleball Club held it’s first tournament at the YMCA. Proceeds from the tournament were donated back to the YMCA’s ‘Strong Kids Program’. (L-R): Bob Riehl, Huron County Rep for PAO (Pickleball Assoc of Ontario) owner of Bob’s Racquets, Gina McDonnell, a volunteer referee, Travis Shelton, of Orr Insurance Goderich, sponsor and volunteer for the tournament, Anne Marie Thomson, General Manager of YMCA Goderich, Grant Shelton, organizer and volunteer for the tournament, Peter Shephard, Chairman of Board of directors of YMCA Goderich and Pickleball Club Member. Kathleen Smith / GS

In what was the first Pickleball Tournament held at the Goderich YMCA, 48 men and women entered to compete for gold.

The tournament was a fundraiser and proceeds of $610 were recently donated back to the YMCA for organization’s ‘Strong Kids Campaign’.

Partnered with Orr Insurance of Goderich and Bob’s Racquets of Benmiller as sponsors, six Goderich Pickleball Club members volunteered to run the tournament.

Pickleball is a paddle sport derived from the combination of several sports such as tennis, ping-pong and badminton. The game is played both indoors and outdoors, and in singles or doubles.

The tournament consisted of four divisions with golf medal winners from each division. The four division championship partners were: Sherry Marshall/Karen Kennedy, JoAnne Graf/Heather Mighton, Bruce Thomasson/Mark Coulthard and Adrien De Brun/Emilios Gergolas.

In addition to the game action on the courts at the YMCA, the tournament included donated doors prizes and an entire wall of spectators.

“The tournament was a great success in many ways – fundraising for a great cause, demonstration of skilled play, sportsmanship and community spirit,” admits Judy Shelton of the Goderich Pickleball Club.

The Club plans on hosting a local tournament each spring and the choice of recipient for donation of proceeds would be determined each year.

A grass roots club of more than 150 members, the Pickleball Club runs “Learn to Play” sessions regularly. The schedule for Pickleball is on the Goderich YMCA website.

“We are proud of our growing interest and we have members who have competed in tournaments throughout Ontario and have won medals,” adds Shelton.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in North America and the Goderich Pickleball Club invites others to join the wave.

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