PICKELBALL CANADA SEARCHING FOR A SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Are you looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity? Pickleball Canada is looking for a Social Media Manager.

Pickleball Canada is a Not-for-Profit organization and the National Sport Organization for pickleball in Canada. Pickleball Canada was incorporated in 2011, and now pickleball is the fastest growing sport worldwide, with over 350,000 people playing pickleball in Canada. This number is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. As an emerging sport, Pickleball Canada is very busy with new programs, new partnerships, and tremendous growth, making for a fast paced environment. Pickleball Canada is a mostly volunteer driven organization and we are looking for a Social Media Manager who will assist us in reaching our members, our followers and pickleball players throughout Canada and the world.

The Volunteer Social Media Manager responsibilities are as follows:

  • Execute a results-driven social media strategy.
  • Create engaging content for Pickleball Canada’s social media platforms – written, graphics, video, and photo content.
  • Research events and opportunities for live social media content.
  • Maintain unified brand voice across different social media channels.
  • Collaborate with marketing team to create a social media calendar.
  • Monitor social media channels for industry trends.
  • Interact with users, and monitor and respond to social media messages, inquiries, and comments.
  • Review analytics and create reports on key metrics.
  • Assist in the development of a social media marketing and influencer marketing strategy.

Social Media Manager Qualifications / Skills:

  • Passion for pickleball.
  • Passion for social media and proficiency with major social media platforms and social media management tools.
  • Excellent social listening skills.
  • Ability to understand historical, current, and future trends in the digital content and social media space.
  • Content writing and editing skills.
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to multitask.
  • Detail-oriented approach with ability to work under pressure to meet some deadlines.

Join Pickleball Canada and become a key volunteer in our exciting, fast growing sport as Pickleball Canada moves from an emerging sport to a fully developed sport.

Please send your cover letter and CV to Pickleball Canada Executive Director, carla.anderson@pickleballcanada.org

Pickleball Canada is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

IS YOUR CITY NEXT TO HOST PICKLEBALL CANADA’S NATIONAL, REGIONAL OR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP?

Is your Pickleball Club interested in hosting a Pickleball Canada National, Regional or Open Championship?   Imagine the excitement within your club, your city, and your province when Canada’s pickleball athletes are competing in your city.  Athletes of all ages and levels will be competing to be the National or Regional Champion in their division.

This past August, the Red Deer Pickleball Club hosted the 2021 Pickleball Canada National Championship where there were 789 athletes in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in Open, Skill and Age-based categories. Competitors ranged in age from 10 to 80 and came to Red Deer from all across Canada for the right to be crowned Canadian champions. Other cities who hosted Nationals include the Kingston Pickleball Club in and the Kelowna Pickleball Club. Clubs who have hosted Regionals include the Kingston Pickleball Club, and the Ottawa Pickleball Association.

Just think of the excitement of potentially having athletes such as Steve Deakin, Mark Renneson, Charles Neufeld, Karina Michaud Ernesto Fajardo, Cookie Drake, Paul Clemens, and Michael Botterill competing for top spots in your city.

If you are interested in hosting, click here to learn all that you need to know to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

PICKLEBALL CANADA LAUNCHES NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WITH TENNIS CANADA

Pickleball Canada Organization (Pickleball Canada) AND Tennis Canada today announced a long-term agreement on pickleball coaching development across Canada. Pickleball Canada and the Tennis Professionals Association (TPA) — Tennis Canada’s coaching development arm — will collaborate in the development and implementation of a nationwide pickleball coaching education and certification program accredited by the Coaching Association of Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

Pickleball Canada is pleased that Mark Renneson has joined TPA to lead this initiative under the terms of this five- year agreement with Tennis Canada. Courses will begin in October 2021, with pilot sessions to be held in advance. Mark will work closely with Deanna Hanes, Pickleball Canada’s Vice-President of Sport Development and Competition to develop and roll out the program. With these two well qualified individuals working together, the emerging program is well positioned to provide excellent coaching for new and existing Canadian pickleball players for years to come.

“As one of the fastest growing sports worldwide, this collaborative agreement with Tennis Canada will only help the long-term development of pickleball in Canada”, said Karen Rust, President of Pickleball Canada. “We look forward to working with Tennis Canada to help build and strengthen both of these great sports in our country.”

“Our research clearly indicates that pickleball – while being a fast-growing, independent sport – can be part of the tennis pathway for life for some of the over three million frequent tennis players in Canada”, said Michael Downey, President and CEO of Tennis Canada. “These players include pickleball in their menu of recreation sports, so it makes sense that Tennis Canada assist an emerging sport that can be played on tennis courts and is included in the offering of many tennis clubs.”

Mark Renneson has built a strong reputation in the world of pickleball and pickleball coaching development. Through his business, Mark trains pickleball players and serves as a consultant to clubs and other pickleball organizations across North America. He is well known to pickleball fans in Canada and abroad and is a regular colour commentator at major pickleball tournaments.

Pickleball remains the fastest growing sport worldwide, with over 350,000 pickleball players across Canada. This number is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. As the number of players grows, so does the need for well-trained coaches. This agreement will allow Pickleball Canada to leverage Tennis Canada’s existing infrastructure and status with NCCP and the Coaching Association of Canada.

For more information, please contact:
Deanna Hanes
Pickleball Canada Organization
613-888-7968

PICKLEBALL CANADA RECOGNIZES VAL VOLLMIN

On Friday August 13, 2021, during the 2021 Pickleball Canada Nationals, President Karen Rust, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Pickleball Canada (and its 23,000 members) recognized Val Vollmin for her leadership in the development and growth of the sport in Canada. Through her vision, passion, spirit and tenacity, Val helped introduce pickleball to thousands of Canadians.

Val actively promoted the formation of Pickleball Alberta and also served as president of Pickleball Canada, as well as acting as an international ambassador for the sport. As president of the Red Deer Pickleball Club for five years, she delivered clinics in Ponoka, Drayton Valley and other central Alberta communities.

Remarkably, Val has been a pickleball leader and a feisty mover and shaker at four levels — local, provincial, national and global! Through her dedication and hard work, Val has played a big part in building the foundation for the growth and development of our sport.

Thank you, Val, for your outstanding contributions!

AUGUST 14, 2021 – NATIONAL PICKLEBALL DAY

We invite all Pickleball players to join us on Saturday, August 14, 2021, to mark National Pickleball Day in Canada. This is a special day to celebrate our sport and players to continue to help the growth of Pickleball across Canada. There are many ways to mark the day, including holding fun tournaments; providing free lessons, holding skills competitions, and inviting friends and family to join in playing a game that is the fastest growing sport in North America.

ONIX Pickleball Named Official Ball Supplier to Nationals

Pickleball Canada is pleased to announce that ONIX Pickleball has been named the official supplier of balls to the Pickleball Canada National Championship (the Nationals) taking place in Red Deer, Alberta from August 10-15, 2021. Since its founding in 2005, ONIX Pickleball has become the leading manufacturer of performance pickleball paddles, balls, and accessories and is dedicated to growing and supporting the sport at a professional level.

The ninth edition of the Nationals is being hosted by the Red Deer Pickleball Club and Pickleball Canada and being held at the Red Deer Pickleball Courts at Motorworks Fields. Ranging in age from 10 to 80, more than 800 athletes are competing over six days for the right to be crowned Canadian champions in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in Open, Skill and Age-based categories.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in North America, with over 22,000 registered players in Canada.

PICKLEBALL CANADA 2021 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RED DEER, ALBERTA – AUGUST 10TH – 15TH

In less than a week the 9th Pickleball Canada National Championship is coming to Red Deer, Alberta. From August 10-15, 2021, the Red Deer Pickleball Club in partnership with Pickleball Canada will host the Nationals at the Red Deer Pickleball Courts at Motorworks Fields. This Pickleball Canada sanctioned tournament will use the current IFP rules. This event has been held every year since 2012, except for COVID-19 impacted 2020.

Over the course of six days, the Championship will see more than 800 athletes compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in Open, Skill and Age-based categories. Competitors range in age from 10 to 80 and will come to Red Deer from all across Canada for the right to be crowned Canadian champions.

We know this is going to be an exciting event with top athletes such as Steve Deakin, Mark Renneson, Charles Neufeld, Karina Michaud Ernesto Fajardo, Cookie Drake, Paul Clemens, and Michael Botterill competing for top spots.

For those in attendance, don’t forget to purchase your ticket for the Pickleball Canada dinner on Friday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. The menu is mouth watering with a buffet including Chicken Divine, St Louis Ribs, Caesar Salad, Macaroni Salad, Broccoli Salad, Baby Carrots, Kernel Corn, Oven Roasted Potatoes; Assorted Rolls, Black Forest Cake, Tropical Fresh Fruit Cake; Coffee, Tea, Punch. And the entertainment will be performed by Dean Ray. The cost is $28.50. Please pre-order at Pickleball Brackets or eTransfer.

If you are not able to attend but are excited to see the results, please use the following link to Pickleball Brackets: https://pickleballbrackets.com/ptd.aspx?cpg=r&eid=e9cb2fe3-09ef-43bb-88f5-b0e696031f36

HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY PICKLEBALL CANADA!

On July 28, 2011, Pickleball Canada was incorporated through the Canada Corporations Act.  Pickleball Canada and pickleball in Canada have grown so much over these past 10 years with 22,183 registered members! Thank you to all those who have helped build Pickleball Canada to what it is today and will continue to make Pickleball Canada a stronger National Sport Organization! Thank you to all the volunteers over the years. We wouldn’t be where we are without you. Here’s to the next 10 years!

New Treasurer Appointed to the Board of Directors

Pickleball Canada would like to welcome Peter Milovanovic (Markham, ON) to the Board and the Executive Committee. Peter was recently appointed as Treasurer over the weekend, serving until the next Annual General Meeting. Currently, Peter is President of Markham Pickleball and has volunteered with Pickleball Ontario (PAO). Peter was on the Board of Directors from April 2018 to June 2021 and served as President of PAO from September 2020 to June 2021.

Peter began his teaching career with the Scarborough Board of Education and later joined the York Region District School Board, progressing from teacher to Principal, and ending his career with a secondment in Curriculum and Instructional Services. Following retirement, Peter joined York University’s Faculty of Education to coordinate online professional development courses.  As Principal of Rosedale Academy, Peter helped establish an independent online high school specializing in differentiated, blended and online learning. Along with Pickleball, Peter enjoys walking, reading and gardening. Currently, Peter is on the Board of Directors for the York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families. He is also a long-time volunteer with United Way Greater Toronto.

Newly Appointed Board Members

Pickleball Canada is pleased to announce the following appointments made during the Board of Directors meeting held the evening of July 6, 2021.

Pickleball Canada President

Karen Rust (Regina, SK) was appointed President, and will serve until the next Annual General Meeting. Karen, the former VP, Administration and Competitions, and Treasurer, of Pickleball Canada, brings extensive leadership and governance experience to the role of President. Karen’s experience with pickleball in Canada includes club development, tournament management, and officiating. Karen is a retired accountant with senior management experience in the financial services industry. “I am honoured to be asked to fill this leadership role as President of Pickleball Canada”, said Karen. “We have many important priorities to address for the advancement of pickleball in Canada and by working together, collaboratively, we will achieve them.”

PCO Board of Directors:

PCO would also like to welcome the following new members to the board and the Executive Committee.

Deanna Hanes (Kingston, ON) was appointed as VP, Administration and Competitions, and Treasurer, serving until the next Annual General Meeting. Deanna was the former Ontario representative on the Board of Directors. Deanna has been involved in pickleball for the last six years and was on the host committee of the 2019 Canadian Nationals. Born in New Brunswick she now calls Kingston, Ontario home where she is raising three wonderful boys. 3 words that describe Deanna are passionate, fun, and strong. She is currently working on her Yoga Teacher Training. When she reflects on this past year, she realized she cares about furthering and empowering women and girls through sport.

Karen Hill (St. Pauls, ON) is the newly appointed Ontario representative to the Board. Karen Hill has served on the Pickleball Ontario board for a few years and now as a director at large.  But day to day, Karen is the PAO Head Official, overseeing referee training and providing referees for local and high-performance tournaments.  Karen has served as the Head Official at many of the tournaments in Ontario.  She has served on the PCO National Officiating development committee since 2018. Karen has had the chance to referee in various places around the World, including the USA where you might find her warming herself during our wicked winters!  Karen also owns and operates a private pickleball facility, providing round robins, and drills for recreation level players and competitive round robins, shoot-outs, and ladders for those that love the competition.   When not playing pickleball, or playing with grandchildren, Karen is the controller for the company she and her husband operate as landowners and farmers in Ontario.

Ted Fardoe (Winnipeg and Lacdubonnet, MB) is the newly appointed Manitoba representative to the Board. Ted is working and mentoring the next generation. Ted has spent 14 years on the board of Winnipeg minor basketball association, with10 of those as president. Ted’s major accomplishments include facilitating planning opportunities for up to 500 teams over a spring and fall season, facilitating coaching development, fair play, and elite development.  He is also a member of the WMBA foundation committee who’s mandate is / was providing funding and playing opportunities to youth where resources were not available; post secondary scholarships yearly to one male and one female athlete graduating high school who had history in the WMBA (playing, coaching, refereeing); and implementing a 10 year program to provide outdoor basketball facilities in six distinct districts of the City of Winnipeg. Ted found pickleball two years ago and it has provided Ted with new opportunities to compete and make new friends across the continent. Professionally Ted is President and owner of Canotech Consultants, a Project Management General Contracting company incorporated in 1988, servicing Winnipeg, Manitoba, and NW Ontario.