A SPECIAL DAY
Once in a lifetime a person has the opportunity to experience a total eclipse of the sun in their own area. Such excitement their was yesterday when 22 hardy souls met on our favorite pickleball courts at Centennial park for two hours including the time designated for the darkness to envelop us . Prior to this many had tried to buy special glasses to protect from the Sun’s UV rays . Others like my wife built boxes out of Christies cracker boxes replete with aluminum pinholes and peep holes to see the reflection of the sun . Jacquie Gray Pictured above found out she did a selfie pose and catch the reflection of the Eclipse on her cell phone. While doing that she figured she might as well take a picture . This is what came out.
While playing our games of Pickleball , we noticed that the surface became a little spotty , then darkened but not totally – so overall this Eclipse was not quite what it was touted to have been. Everyone had a good time , attempting to keep as fit as we can – thus helping in our small way to fulfill the BC gov’t target of a 20% fitter provincial polulace by 2020 . What a great worthwhile objective which fits right into healthier life styles and less of a burden on the health care system. No wonder Pickleball ” a game for all ” is the fastest growing sport in North America. Many more countries are hoping on the bandwagon to get a new income stream for their communities . At South Surrey , next door to Centennial Park, activating the 12 courts adjacent to the 10 indoor courts plus centennial puts us at 26 courts in total – with hopefully 4 more to come at Centennial = 30 courts. That is a huge complex of courts and has allowed Pickleball to double
its numbers per week in this area. Hence, if Rec centers will not provide times for Pickleball at convenient times for Seniors, adult, families and youth – we have no alternative than to move outdoors
which may cost them some income. That is the tradeoff .
As we move into dedicated courts and better spring, summer , fall weather, more people will move outdoor to play. In a way this is a shame as the Rec centers are air conditioned in the main, heated in winter and have staff trained in kinesiology, etc, and are quite qualified, or with a short course could teach in the Rec centers but the centers have been slow to pick up here , so the sanctioned players will fill in the gap. Anyway, our special day on the courts will be remembered by many for years to come. Thanks to all who showed up and braved the UNKNOWN .
Yours in sport and health,
bcpickleballAssoc ( active)
Founding director – pickleballcanada ( ret)
ph – 604-536-9602