Pickleball players Marc Sommer and Bev Anderson moved to Chemainus in part because of the sport’s prominence here. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Pickleball players Marc Sommer and Bev Anderson moved to Chemainus in part because of the sport’s prominence here. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Pickleball players, pick up your paddles

Beginners clinic Sunday at Fuller Lake courts

Organized pickleball is about to make a comeback in Chemainus from COVID.

Casual games have still been going on at the Fuller Lake Park courts, but with many limitations, including singles play only. That’s all about to change with the return of clinics and tournaments.

Ken Holman of Chemainus, the president of the Vancouver Island Pickleball Association, indicates a beginners clinic is being held at Fuller Lake from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 27.

The beginners clinic has a maximum of eight participants and is tailored to giving people a chance to learn how to play the fastest growing sport in North America.

Participants will learn how to grip the paddle, hit ground strokes, volley, serve, keep score, the rules and – most importantly – to have fun.

Holman noted paddles and balls will be supplied. For more information and to sign up, go to https://www.vipa.ca/clinics.html.

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North Cowichan has also given approval for a pickleball tournament to be held at the Fuller Lake courts on Sunday, July 18. It will be the first tournament on the Island since February, 2020.

A unique skinny singles format will be utilized as a start. More information can be found at https://www.vipa.ca/2021-skinny-singles-shootout.html.

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Chemainus boasts many top-notch pickleball players like Claudia McLean and numerous others in the community are anxious to give the popular sport a try. There’s a clinic coming up for beginners. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus boasts many top-notch pickleball players like Claudia McLean and numerous others in the community are anxious to give the popular sport a try. There’s a clinic coming up for beginners. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Sue Fraser plays the ball at the net in pre-pandemic pickleball at the Fuller Lake courts. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Sue Fraser plays the ball at the net in pre-pandemic pickleball at the Fuller Lake courts. (File photo by Don Bodger)