Pickleball Association of Ontario president pays visit
Pickleball Association of Ontario president Jim Parrott, middle, presented Richard Sogawa and David Werry with the first Merrie Lee ambassador award for their work in establishing the 1st Pickering Pickleball Club. – Photo supplied by John Valera
PICKERING — Richard Sogawa and David Werry were recognized recently for their leading role in creating the 1st Pickering Pickleball Club.
More than 80 members of the club were on hand for the presentation, which occurred at the Melati Mas Sports facility on Bayly Street during the semi-annual fun tournament on Nov. 18.
Jim Parrott, president of Pickleball Association of Ontario, surprised the club members by presenting Sogawa and Werry with the first Merrie Lee Ambassador Award, for their work in establishing the Pickering club.
Kevin Ashe, deputy mayor of the City of Pickering, also delivered certificate of achievement awards to the two men.
“Richard and David have built the Pickering-area pickleball community into a model example of recreational play,” Parrott said. “They set up and prepare courts for play. They also send weekly email newsletters, provide instruction, run fun tournaments, are strong supporters of Pickleball Ontario and work to improve locations and options for players for the rapidly growing 1st Pickering Pickleball Club.
“Their friendly and inclusive demeanour has spread throughout the membership, and they provide a welcoming atmosphere for newcomers, whether a seasoned veteran or a rank amateur,” Parrott said.
Sogawa and Werry were also runners-up in the builder and community award categories from the Pickleball Association of Ontario. In 2017, they received Pickering’s civic award for amateur sports.
The club currently competes at various locations in Pickering but is hoping to have a permanent home in the future.