The 2019 Pickleball Canada National Championships are officially underway today and the Kingston Pickleball Club (KPC) is proud to host over 500 athletes from across Canada and the United States. This is the first time this event has been held east of Alberta and the KPG will not only host the Championships this year but in 2020 as well. It is also expected to be the largest pickleball tournament ever held in Canada and will offer the highest prize pool for a Canadian tournament.
The first day of the Championships will focus on providing registered tournament players and the general public the opportunity to attend intermediate skill development clinics offered by Catherine Parenteau, Canada's most successful female pickleball player. Catherine is orginally from Quebec but now calls Florida home. Her success at the highest levels of the game has included winning multiple National American Championships and U.S Open Championships. Catherine will also be assisted in her clinics by 5.0 level player Athena Trouillot.
The remaining three days of the Championships will focus on match play. The expected general schedule for each day is as follows:
- Women’s Doubles - Friday, June 28
- Men’s Singles – Friday, June 28
- Mixed Doubles - Saturday Jun 29
- Parapickleball - Saturday Jun 29 at around 4:00
- Men's Doubles - Sunday, June 30
- Women's Singles - Sunday, June 30
Opening ceremonies will be held at 8:00 am each day and the first matches will begin at 8:15 am. The general public is invited and encouraged to come out and watch the weekend's action and see first hand why this sport is the fastest growing game in North America. All matches will take place at the Invista Centre.
Head to the article below for more detail on the competition structure of the 2019 National Pickleball Championships.
Pickleball is a court sport played with a plastic ball and a paddle about twice the size of ping-pong paddle. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball has developed a passionate following with its friendly, social nature and multi-generational appeal.