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Pickleball popular among thousands of seniors

Pickleball popular among thousands of seniors
Giuliano Serrao from New Zealand returns a serve during a game at the Oliver Recreation Centre.                   Lyonel Doherty photo

Giuliano Serrao from New Zealand returns a serve during a game at the Oliver Recreation Centre. Lyonel Doherty photo

Pickleball has become so popular with people of a certain age, such as myself and thousands of seniors all over North America,

There is close to 120,000 people playing on a regular basis each and every day all over Canada and the US. In Canada there are more than 6,000 venues to play in every nook and cranny  across  this wonderful country of ours. It is very popular in Dubai but mostly India where there is no telling how many players play over there.

Most of the cruise lines in the world have started playing the sport because they find that older clients are no longer able to continue playing the strenuous game of tennis.

Pickleball is basically tennis on a badminton court indoors, with a little twist of table tennis and badminton thrown in. The court is now 44 feet by 20 feet as apposed to tennis, which is a lot longer and wider and somewhat harder on our poor old bodies.

Right now in the Okanagan there are many places to play this game including Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls.

Most all of these places offer paddles, balls and free instruction and literature.  Most people after two or three days of instruction fit right into the mold and then can decide what level they wish to play the game. If interested they join any or many competitions. But most are only there to have fun and that is the name of the game,

This game is one of the best cardio exercises you can do while having fun.

For more information about Pickleball, call me at 250-689-1940.

Michael Carter

Special to the Chronicle

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