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October 2022

FAC: George Oko

Founding member of Westlock Pickleball Club, tournament organizer, and one of the early pioneers of pickleball in Alberta.

  • Pickleball Alberta welcomes the Northern Lights Pickleball Club (Calgary) and the Lacombe Pickleball Peeps! 
  • Membership hits 8000
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  • All back issues of Around the Post newsletter are now available on the PA website.
  • Pickleball Alberta Legacy/History Project underway for website.
  • Subscribe to PATV YouTube channel to help PA receive advertising dollars.
  • Power Rankings for the 65+ Division for Mens and Ladies.

September 2022

FAC: Doug Fogg

Past Director of the Edmonton Pickleball Club, past Pickleball Alberta Vice President, and current Director of Pickleball Canada.

  • Pickleball Alberta welcomes the Richmond Green Pickleball and Social Club, the Tees Pickleball Club, and the Westlock Pickleball Club
  • AGM held virtually on September 25
  • New Board members elected and brought in for 2022-2023
  • Provincial membership fee increase voted down for 2023
  • Power Rankings for the 60+ Division

August 2022

FAC: Brenda Feser

PA Junior Member Director and Past President of Red Deer Pickleball Club.

  • PA Junior Jamboree big success with large enrollment 
  • Provincial membership fee increase being vetted for 2023
  • All 1,600 matches for Red Deer and Parkland have Certified and Accredited referees
  • Power Rankings for the 50+ Division

July 2022

FAC: Lisa Loveless

Vice President and junior leader of the Grande Prairie Pickleball Club.

  • Provincials hosted by Medicine Hat resounding success!
  • Membership hits 7000
  • Pickleball Alberta sets another national first with Of the Year awards handed out
  • PA TV is branded on YouTube with live streaming and event videos
  • Power Rankings: Open Mens and Ladies

June 2022

FAC: Gordon Masson

First year President of the Medicine Hat Pickleball Club and top 70+ competitive player.

  • Welcome Bow Valley Pickleball Club
  • Pickleball Alberta Day Big Success 
  • NCCP Level I Learn to Play certification clinics scheduled
  • Seven Alberta Schools receive Pickleball Alberta School Grant
  • Alberta 55+ Games hosted by Mighty Peace Pickleball Club
  • Power Rankings paused for Provincials play

May 2022

FAC: Daryl Newman

Member of Red Deer Pickleball Club; 6000th Pickleball Alberta member.

  • Welcome Sundre Pickleball Association
  • Membership hits 6000
  • Pickleball Alberta Day June 11
  • Power Rankings: 65+ and Juniors

April 2022

FAC: Garand Jones

Club President, Pickleball Alberta Director, Referee of over 1300 games.

  • Welcome Elk Island Pickleball Club
  • 2022 Provincials
  • New Pickleball Alberta website launches
  • Power Rankings: 60+ Mens and Ladies

March 2022

FAC: Brenda Lea MacPhail

Tournament Director, 2022 Alberta Provincials.

  • Welcome Fort Saskatchewan Pickleball Club
  • Club President’s Season-Kick-Off Conference
  • Of-the-Year Awards
  • Power Rankings: 50+ Mens and Ladies

February 2022

FAC: Ernesto Fajardo

The recognized #2 player in Canada.

  • Welcome Yellowhead West Pickleball Club
  • Coaching Working Group Formed
  • Officials Clinics
  • Power Rankings: Open Division and Juniors

January 2022

FAC: Ted Sherback

Steward of Pickleball Canada’s insurance  program and long-serving PC Director.

  • Junior Training Equipment Grant
  • Club Competitions
  • Volunteer Needed for Grant Applications
  • Power Rankings: 65+ and Juniors

December 2021

FAC: Ilsa Wong

Director of Coaching, Pickleball Alberta.

  • Junior Pickleball
  • Coaching
  • Renewing Your Membership
  • Power Rankings: 60+

November 2021

FAC: Kim Layton and Brad Chapman

Number one Power Rankings male and female players in Alberta.

  • NCCP Coaching Program being rolled out with Coaching Training Sessions happening across Alberta 
  • Membership hits 5000
  • 2022 Nationals: Pickleball Canada announced for Kingston Pickleball Club
  • Membership shown by Sport Zone and Club
  • Power Rankings: For first time rank top 50+

October 2021

FAC: Brian and Julie Sribney

Spruce Grove volunteer-power-couple who have played a major role in the success of the Pickleball Alberta officiating program.

  • President Kirk visits with the Quebec Pickleball Federation in Montreal
  • Winner of Top Sport Zones Contest Announced
  • Pickleball Alberta AGM sees new bylaws passed and directors elected
  • Youth survey coming to clubs 
  • Medal Results charted by Club and Sport Zone
  • Power Rankings: OPEN Division

September 2021

FAC: Benn Gibb and Rafe Prince

Two up and coming Alberta youth players who won gold medals in the Youth Doubles Divisions at both the Provincials and Nationals.

  • Recap of incredible Nationals hosted by Red Deer
  • AHS Guidance lifted for events
  • Introducing the 8 Sport Zones as determined by Alberta Sport
  • Two of our finest our heading to Atlantic Canada this fall to share their expertise
  • AGM will be virtual event on September 28
  • Power Rankings: Open Mens and Ladies

August 2021

FAC: Marcel Letourneau

Vice President and Tournament Director of the Parkland Pickleheads, the host of the 2021 Provincials.

  • Provincials big success with over 300 competitors
  • Claudine Lemieux from Camrose interviewed by CBC Radio
  • YouTube channel setup for livestreaming Provincials
  • Pickleball Alberta Night set for Nationals
  • Power Rankings: Open Mens and Ladies

July 2021

FAC: Wanda Lazar

Passionate volunteer making an impact for the Medicine Hat Pickleball Club.

  • Leadership changes with Kirk chooses to continue as PA President and leave PCO Presidency
  • Officiating clinics happening across Alberta
  • Virtual social media tours continue across Alberta
  • Power Rankings: Open Mens and Ladies

June 2021

Kirk Jensen President PCO

The first newsletter was sent by PCO President to the entire Canadian membership through PCNS.

  • Path to Sport Eligibility
  • PCNS successfully launched in 10 provinces and territories 
  • NCCP Coaching Program moving ahead
  • Junior Program major focus
  • 2021 Nationals Announced for Red Deer
  • Club Emergency Action Plan

May 2021

FAC: Mike Cooper

Founding Director of Pickleball Alberta, Past Director of Pickleball Canada, highly regarded coach and National and Provincial champion at the 5.0 level.

  • Alberta launches the PCO National System 
  • Canadian Tournament Player Rating introduced
  • Pickleball Alberta has awarded the Parkland Pickleheads to host the 2021
  • Power Rankings Paused for Major Championships

April 2021

FAC: Judy Bohn

Barrhead Treasurer and Builder.

  • Pickleball Canada is launching a youth program.

  • Membership hits 4000
  • Pickleball Canada National Championships registration to reopen April 15

  • Officiating clinics well underway in Alberta

  • Power Rankings paused.

February 2021

FAC: Blair Morton

PA Technology.

  • National System rolling out with Kirk Jensen chairing the project

  • Beverley, Blair, and their team set Alberta to roll out on June 1

  • Level 1 Referees recognized

  • PCO Membership fees are being raised to $10.00

December 2020

  • President’s Holiday Message
  • 2021 Rule Changes

September 2020

  • 2020-2021 Board of Directors elected at AGM
  • Pickleball Alberta’s Year in Review

July-August 2020

FAC: Brady Hurshowy

Alberta’s Youngest Competitive Player.

  • Completing our Strategic Plan
  • National Cert. Coaching Program
  • Goal: 100 Certified Referees

June 2020

FAC: Marcel Latouche

Builder, Strategic Plan Consultant and Leader.

  • Pickleball Alberta Vision
  • Pickleball Canada AGM and Elections
  • New Outdoor Courts in Alberta

May 2020

FAC: Val and Gene Vollmin

Gene: Tournament Chair for 2021 Canadian Nationals.

Val: Past President RDPC and Pickleball Canada

  • Red Deer Pickleball Club Awarded 2021 Nationals
  • Kirk Jensen Appointed to Pickleball Canada Board

April 2020

FAC: Beverley Walker

Founding member of Calgary Pickleball Club and Pickleball Alberta.

  • Red Deer Pickleball Club Applying for 2021 Nationals
  • Canadian Officiating Standards Set
  • Competitions Cancelled

March 2020

FAC: Abed Dergham

2017 Lexus Winter Classic medalist; Founding member of Edmonton PC.

  • Welcome Lethbridge Pickleball Club
  • Steve Deakin Appointed Pickleball Canada Ambassador

February 2020

FAC: Cookie Drake

Elite Player and Builder.

  • New Pickleball Alberta logo unveiled
  • Pickleball Canada Policies and Guidelines
  • Competitions
  • Power Rankings: Men’s and Women’s Doubles

January 2020

FAC: Doug Thompson

Past President, Pickleball Canada.

  • Power Rankings: Men’s and Women’s Doubles
  • 2020 Memberships
  • Clinics and Competitions

December 2019

FAC: Ed Neuman

Brought Pickleball to Alberta.

  • Central Lions 10-Year Anniversary
  • Calgary Pickleball Club Clinics
  • Competitions

November 2019

  • Members Elected to Pickleball Alberta Board
  • Pickleball Canada Selecting Provider for National System
  • PC Investigating Alternative Official Ratings

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