Meet Alan Thomson from British Columbia. Alan was appointed to the Board of Directors in June of 2022.
After playing Tennis, Badminton & Squash since a teenager, Alan found Pickleball in 2013 only hours after arriving in Arizona for his first winter. He became a member of the USAPA and started playing tournaments and watching referees in these matches. He tried refereeing at the club level, immediately recognized the challenges involved, and found that USAPA was in the process of developing a Certification program. The challenge was set and made more meaningful after a serious foot injury suffered playing tennis, which gave Alan the time and another reason to take up refereeing.
A glance at Alan’s pickleball journey so far:
- Playing Pickleball since 2013
- Inaugural Director of Victoria Regional Pickleball Association
- USA Pickleball Certified Referee since 2017
- USAPA/PCO Registered Referee Trainer
- IPTPA Level 1 Trainer
- NCCP Level 1 Instructor
- Director & Head Referee for Pickleball BC since 2018
- CANADIAN IFP Rules Committee Rep
- Officiating Trainer for Oceania, Australia & New Zealand
- National leader for Pickleball Canada
Alan and his wife, Kathy, live in Victoria, BC and spend their winters in Mesa, Arizona.
Alan worked at the Naval dockyard for 38 years at Esquimalt, where he was the Senior manager of various trade groups repairing naval vessels for the Canadian Navy.
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