On Sunday, August 27, the 11th Pickleball Canada National Championship, with its first ever title sponsor Myoflex®, officially wrapped. The tournament was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, and hosted by Pickleball Regina, with over 600 athletes competing in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events. Events were further broken down into age-based categories, and skill/age-based categories.
“What a fantastic 5 days of pickleball in Regina! The 2023 Myoflex® Pickleball Canada National Championship was the place to be. With the planning and implementation of the host committee, and the support of our terrific national sponsors, Myoflex®, Franklin, Skechers, and withinUs, Nationals was a great success! And this was the first time Nationals included a title sponsor. There were approximately 630 players registered from across the country from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Newfoundland. For those in attendance, or those who watched through streaming (through CBC Sports, Access Now TV, or the YouTube channel set up by the local committee), you had the opportunity to see some of the best players in the country compete for medals” says Pickleball Canada President, Val Vollmin.
From August 23-27, 2023, the host of this championship event, Pickleball Regina Inc., and all of its amazing volunteers, put on a spectacular event. The event took place in two venues; the Viterra International Trade Centre and the Queen City Pickleball Hub with 33 courts. “Pickleball Regina was honoured to host the Myoflex® 2023 Pickleball Canada National Championship. The volunteer local organizing committee supported by many others, worked tirelessly for months to plan for this event, the largest pickleball tournament ever held in Saskatchewan. Feedback from athletes, volunteers, sponsors and spectators was incredibly positive and encouraging. Hearing the comments made the hard work rewarding for everyone. We always plan for excellence and really achieved our goals with the tremendous success of the Nationals!”, said Randy Dove, Chair & President of Pickleball Regina Inc.
The tournament showcased many exciting moments for Pickleball history, including Pickleball Canada’s International Ambassador, and pickleball professional, Steve Deakin’s successful return to the Nationals, by winning three gold medals, in the Mixed Doubles Pro event, Men’s Doubles Aged event, and Men’s Doubles Pro event.
Pickleball Canada would like to give a huge thank you to Pickleball Regina Inc., the 200 volunteers who gave up their time to host this event, the 100 officials who refereed and oversaw hundreds of matches to ensure fair competition, and our sponsors who all played a part in making the Myoflex® 2023 Pickleball Canada National Championship the success it was.
Want to relive some of the action?
- Streams of the 4 championship courts (and one master feed with commentary) are viewable at:
- CBC Gem – in the coming days, highlights from 2023 Nationals will be viewable via CBC Gem
One very memorable match point (featuring Steve Deakin) was caught on camera. Catch it here: https://fb.watch/mN3132x9S9/