The first ever Canada Nationals East at RIM Park, Waterloo, ON, Canada has ended and fun was had by all. It started on Friday, July 10 and singles wrapped up around 6pm on Sunday, July 19. 215 players participated in mostly pool play, and to help kick off the event an exhibition men’s doubles game was held with Brian Staub / Phil Bagley (Florida team) versus a local team!. Video clips of both the exhibition and various players will be posted soon.
Players came from all over: 161 from Ontario, 8 QUEBEC, 1 Virginia, 8 New York, 1 Nova Scotia, 2 Michigan, 2 Georgia, 13 Florida, 1 California (that’s me!), 2 British Columbia, 2 Arizona and 13 unidentified – another unsolved pickleball mystery 🙂
11 juniors competed and WOW there were some great points from those kids, age 18 and younger. William Sobek from Key West, Florida took gold, Josh Elliott took silver and his sister Rachel Elliott took bronze both from near The Villages, Florida.
Youngest player in the tournament was 11 years old and the oldest was 77.
Patricia Archambault and Paul Leeder were the tournament directors and they did a great job. I just received a group email from them:
I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know of the overwhelming feedback that I have gotten from Canadian Players:
1. The American players were so welcoming and fun to play with/against
2. The American players were very friendly
3. We learned so much from the Americans who showed us different skills from the clinics and through play
Isn’t that so cool? Americans can now come back again 🙂 Both Americans and Canadians know how to have fun and play some awesome pickleball together – Cheers!