Pickleball gets $1,500 boost

Fun, fast-growing game goes twice a week in 100 Mile

Canlan Ice Sports was awarded a $1

Canlan Ice Sports was awarded a $1

New paddles, balls, and nets should help expand the already fast-growing pickleball program in 100 Mile House.

Canlan Ice Sports was awarded a $1,500 grant from ViaSport’s Local Sport Development Fund and used it recently to help out this popular local game and its dedicated players with the donation of new equipment.

Pickleball is a growing sport among seniors; it’s a low-impact, but fast-paced game that is quick to learn. The game is played on a badminton-sized court with rules similar to tennis with a few modifications.

“Pickleball is an excellent sport for anyone who wants to work on, or show off, their hand-eye coordination skills, get moving indoors with the cooler weather, and do a little socializing,” says Kimberly Vance-Lundsbye, the community programs and events coordinator with Canlan Ice Sports. “New players are always welcome and no experience is necessary.”

Court times in 100 Mile House are Tuesdays at the 100 Mile House Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School at 7 p.m.

There is a drop-in fee of $2.50 with a recreation pass or $3.50 without.

Local player Lorne Landry encourages new players to give it a try, even if they have never played a racquet sport before.

“You will always feel welcome and will hopefully have a good time while getting some exercise. Come out and see why it is such a popular game.”

Call 250-395-1353 for more information about pickleball or other local drop-in sports.


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