It takes two to make a mixed doubles team click. Lissy Rauber of Campbell River and Rod Hamilton of Courtenay are on top of the play in tournament action. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Pickleball fever reaches a peak during 90-minute tournament

Plenty of game action at Fuller Lake Park over the course of an hour and a half in each division

It didn’t take anywhere near 90 minutes to sell out a 90-minute pickleball tournament at the Fuller Lake pickleball courts.

Available spaces in Sunday’s event were snapped up quickly. When registration for the mixed doubles division opened on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m., it was full by 6:02, with a waiting list.

There were also competitions for men’s doubles and women’s doubles teams and Fuller Lake Park was buzzing for nearly six hours straight.

Pickleball’s popularity clearly knows no bounds.

“This is a repeat of two similar tournaments we held last year, both of which proved to be extremely popular,” noted Vancouver Island Pickleball Association’s Ken Holman of Chemainus.

The 90-minute tournament differs from other tournaments in several ways, including: 24 competitors play continuously for 90 minutes regardless of how their team performs; teams are never eliminated from the competition; reporting of scores is not required; these events reliably wrap up in slightly more than 90 minutes every time; and participants never wait around to be called for games because every team plays continuously.

Women’s doubles went first followed by men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Results were as follows:

Women’s Doubles – Gold: Heather Hood (Victoria) & Gale Penner (Victoria); Silver: Mary Orme (Victoria) & Rea Casey (Victoria); Bronze: Jan Bergen (Victoria) & Lindy Arnold (Victoria).

Men’s Doubles – Gold: Neil Rich (Victoria) & Andy Daniel (Maple Bay); Silver: Thomas Rauber (Campbell River) & Rod Hamilton (Courtenay); Bronze: Scotty Davis (Victoria) & Peter Brix (Victoria).

Mixed Doubles – Gold: Gale Penner (Victoria) & Rob Turnbull (Victoria); Silver: Lissy Rauber (Campbell River) & Rod Hamilton (Courtenay); Bronze: Lindy Arnold (Victoria) & Bob Fish (Youbou).

The Vancouver Island Pickleball Championships are back at Fuller Lake Park this year after a one-year hiatus, running July 12-14.

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Fishing expedition is undertaken by Bob Fish of Youbou in mixed doubles pickleball tournament action, backed up by partner Lindy Arnold of Victoria. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Style points should be given to Lissy Rauber of Campbell River for making this return in mixed doubles pickleball tournament play at Fuller Lake Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Glenda Sharpe of Saltair takes a stab at the ball alongside partner Andy Daniel of Maple Bay. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Long reach helps Sally Meecham of Maple Bay to make contact with the ball. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Paul Bland of Maple Bay has to go low to reach the ball before it hits the ground. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Reaching out and touching someone ensures either partners Anna Edgar of Nanaimo or Pete Korvin of Nanaimo will manage to make contact with the ball. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Rob Turnbull of Victoria has his eyes on a certain spot on the court as he sends the ball back over the net. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It’s quite a stretch for Gale Penner of Victoria to reach the ball in her mixed doubles pickleball match. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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