Chetwynd – Report on Pickleball – June 6 – 10, 2013
Photos to follow
Four days of introducing the game by Chuck LaFaive, Head of the BC Pickleball Assoc. with instruction for Level One Instruction on Monday.
Held at the Recreation Centre in the Curling Rink using 20 Juggs Balls, 4 Manta paddles, 10 Diller paddles, and two portable nets purchased with grant money and seniors contribution. The Recreation Centre has purchased a portable net as well.
65 people signed in throughout the training period (this is a tremendous response to the introduction of a new sport at the Centre according to Tyria Plamondon, Rec. Centre Programmer), with 16 of the attendees over the age of 55.
Four people took the instructors course.
Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication with the Hudson’s Hope Seniors and they prepared for the instructor on the previous Thursday and were not interested in doing so again. An invitation was extended to participate in the Chetwynd sessions.
Made contact with the person whose number I was given from FSJ but she said instruction was not particularly their need, but a place to play in the city. One person did attend from Fort St. John though and that person is registered for the Seniors Games in another sport and is looking for partners in order to play pickleball as well. That person is Grant Spelsberg.
Did not receive a reply from the Tumbler Ridge contact and late in the day contacted the Rec. Centre there to make a connection and to promote the opportunity to join the Chetwynd sessions or for us to travel to TR on Monday. Did not receive a follow-up request.
Did not phone anyone in Dawson Creek but also did not receive a request following the invite that Keith sent out.
Also visited and played at Moberly School on Thursday afternoon. 18 students, one Aboriginal Intervention Worker, and one teacher had the game introduced to them and played.
The recreation centre in Chetwynd is super supportive and intends to have courts and equipment available to the public following this week after Graduation winds up and the Curling Rink is available again. While the final times and fees are not yet determined, they will be frequent and low. Still need to meet with Seniors and the Rec. Centre to finalize where equipment will be stored and how it will be accessed.
While Chuck was here on Monday, he and Keith marked the placement of four courts on the tennis court across from the Pine Valley Seniors. There is a bit of maintenance to be done on the court and the final lines need to be drawn but there is a good backboard on the court that can be used for practise.
So far am delighted with the interest shown and know that we must act soon in continuing to promote the game while interest is high.
We are presently over-budget by about $300.00 as the equipment came in higher than anticipated because we were unable to get the bottom line price because we did not meet the minimum order number in order to do so.
Our local sporting goods store owner (Lonestar Sporting Goods) ordered everything for us at no profit to him.
Marcie Fofonoff, Community Connections Project Manager, SD59
June 11, 2013