The 10th Pickleball Canada National Championship, held in Kingston, Ontario, wrapped up on Sunday, June 26th, with 954 athletes competing in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. Categories included Open, Skill and Age-based events.
Pickleball Canada President, Karen Rust, who also officiated during the event, said “the Kingston Pickleball Club and volunteers from across Canada are to be congratulated for providing this excellent Championship event. The level of competition, and camaraderie has been a delight to witness, with many special memories and new friendships made.”
From June 22-26, 2022, the Kingston Pickleball Club, in partnership with Pickleball Canada, hosted the event between the INVISTA Centre and their newly created indoor courts at the Kingston Pickleball Club. “I was extremely impressed by the way the Nationals were run this year, given the record number of participants, and the multiple venues”, said Andrea Blackwell, President of the Kingston Pickleball Club. Ms. Blackwell continued saying that “immense credit must be given to the organizers, volunteers, referees, runners, without whom a tournament of this size would not have been impossible”.
Competitors age ranged from 15 to 84 with the majority in the 55 – 69 age group. However, the trend for more younger players taking up the sport of pickleball was evident with the highest skill level, Open event winners all being in their 20’s and 30’s.
Competitors travelled to Kingston from all across Canada hoping to be crowned Canadian champions. Between the two host venues, 35 courts were used to hold a total of 2,445 matches.
Pickleball Canada would like to thank the Kingston Pickleball Club and the many volunteers that took part in ensuring that the 2022 National Championship was the success it was.
For more information, please contact:
Karen Rust, President, Pickleball Canada
Ryan Hanes, Tournament Director