Terry Rogers of Victoria in action at the skinny singles pickleball tournament at Fuller Lake Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Terry Rogers of Victoria in action at the skinny singles pickleball tournament at Fuller Lake Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Pickleball players pick up the pace

Skinny singles gets everyone back into the swing of tournament action

It’s been a long time coming for the Vancouver Island Pickleball Association.

Players were rejoicing about the return of tournament play during the 2021 Skinny Singles Shootout at the Fuller Lake Pickleball Courts Sunday.

“It’s been 18 months since we last had a tournament,” said Ken Holman of the VIPA.

“They’ve been looking forward to it. For a lot of these people, they’re seeing a lot of their friends for the first time in 18 months.”

Holman was grateful to the Municipality of North Cowichan.

“They’ve allowed us to put this on,” he said. “They’re pretty supportive of us here which really is good.”

Since last March, pickleball has also been confined to singles play but the reinstatement of doubles is on the horizon.

The majority of players are geared toward doubles, but there was still a great turnout from around the area – including Cortes Island and Victoria – for the revised singles event.

“Skinny singles, we’re only using one-half of the court,” Holman explained. “To play singles on a full court is asking too much of too many. It becomes more manageable.”

Two Chemainus players were victorious in their respective categories, Holman in Men’s Flight A and Janet Ruest in Women’s Flight B.

Andy Daniel of Duncan came second and Tony Toledo of Cortes Island third in Men’s Flight A. Deana Nickerson of Duncan (second) and Marj Wilder from Victoria (third) rounded out the top three in the Women’s Flight B.

In Women’s Flight A, Kerry Savory of Victoria placed first, Kirsten Vinge of Nanoose Bay second and Becca Stuve of Victoria third.

The top three, in order, for Men’s Flight B were: Clemens Smienk of Mill Bay; Wayne French from Nanaimo; and Victoria’s Robert Cullen.

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Steve Mawdsley of Cortes Island puts the ball in play at the skinny singles shootout at Fuller Lake Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Steve Mawdsley of Cortes Island puts the ball in play at the skinny singles shootout at Fuller Lake Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The play of Paul Bland of Maple Bay is anything but bland in the skinny singles shootout for pickleball players at Fuller Lake Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The play of Paul Bland of Maple Bay is anything but bland in the skinny singles shootout for pickleball players at Fuller Lake Park. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Wayne French of Nanaimo lofts the ball skyward back toward his opponent. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Wayne French of Nanaimo lofts the ball skyward back toward his opponent. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Clemens Smienk of Mill Bay makes precise contact on the ball with his pickleball paddle in skinny singles shootout tournament action. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Clemens Smienk of Mill Bay makes precise contact on the ball with his pickleball paddle in skinny singles shootout tournament action. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Keeping your eye on the ball in pickleball is always a good idea, but Terry Rogers of Victoria takes it to the extreme with an intense glare. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Keeping your eye on the ball in pickleball is always a good idea, but Terry Rogers of Victoria takes it to the extreme with an intense glare. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The women’s skinny singles shootout pickleball tournament final features eventual winner Kerry Savory of Victoria on the near side and Kirsten Vinge of Nanoose Bay on the far side. (Photo by Ken Holman)

The women’s skinny singles shootout pickleball tournament final features eventual winner Kerry Savory of Victoria on the near side and Kirsten Vinge of Nanoose Bay on the far side. (Photo by Ken Holman)