Dartmouth’s Newest Pickleball Venue – Shearwater Fitness & Sports Centre

Shearwater Facility

Pickleball has finally arrived at the Shearwater Fitness & Sports Centre !!

Since early in the summer, Andre Noel has worked closely with the Shearwater staff and arranged to have the gym booked for pickleball from 9:00 am to 11:30 am on Thursday mornings starting today….September 7th.  Their hope was that there would be enough interest and demand to justify securing additional playing times throughout the week and if today’s turnout was any indication, Andre and the folks at Shearwater should start looking for openings in their calendar right away!

People began arriving early and started taking their positions on one of the four pickleball courts that were already setup and waiting for them.  However, the gym is quite large and can actually accommodate six courts if necessary so as players from all over Halifax and Dartmouth continued to show up, it didn’t take too long before the staff decided that they had to bring out the other nets and posts so that all six courts could be used.

At one time, there were over forty people in attendance with 24 people playing and 16 or 17 people waiting on the benches.  Having that many extra people would normally mean quite a long wait at other facilities but with six courts available, wait times were seldom any more than 5 or 10 minutes.

With a $2.00 drop in fee for non-members of the facility, we expect that the Shearwater Fitness and Sports Centre should see a good turnout every week and we’ll look forward to hearing how many additional sessions they’ll be able to add to their calendar!

Great work Andre!  Congratulations !

Shearwater gym

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Mark Renneson Clinics 2017

This week, a few groups of Nova Scotia pickleball players had the opportunity to sharpen their skills in one of the clinics and training sessions hosted by Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports from Collingwood Ontario.

After more than two decades of coaching tennis, Mark shifted his focus to pickleball and in addition to being a high calibre player who regularly competes in the 5.0/Pro level at major events like the USAPA National Championships and the US Open, the majority of his time is now spent coaching pickleball.

There were two full-day clinics for players of various skill levels and these were held at the East Dartmouth Community Centre.  There was also a one day event at the South Woodside School featuring an Advanced Drills clinic, private lessons and an Open Play session with In-Game Coaching.

Most pickleball players know Mark from his popular You Tube Channel in which he delivers training and coaching clips that are short, informative and come complete with a little bit of humour.  (check him out here…. Third Shot Sports )  As a matter of fact, Mark recently received an award after his You Tube channel was recognized for surpassing over one million views !!

Congratulations Mark !!

 

 

Players attending a Full Day Clinic held at the East Dartmouth Community Centre

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The Advanced Drills session players at the South Woodside School

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Grand Opening Celebration at Morash Park

On Sunday, August 20th, Mother nature cooperated and the overnight rains ended just in time for the Grand Opening celebration of the new Morash Park Pickleball courts in Dartmouth, NS.  We would like to thank all of our local Pickleball players who came by to enjoy some friendly play and snack on some hot dogs, burgers and of course…some cake.

As well, a big thanks goes out from Lydia Bowie to all our players in attendance who were buying tickets and helped her raise $482.00 for the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society of Canada.

In addition to thanking the organizing committee of Paul Quinn, Dawn and Brent Hobson, Henny Rykers, Ginny Conrad and Pat Morrison, we wish to say thanks to Cathy Denault of Premium Pickleball who donated a new Onix paddle and some Onix balls that were given away as door prizes that day.

And of course, all of this wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of our local councillor for District 6 – Tony Mancini – and his work in securing the funds needed for the renovations as well as Tom Jangaard – the Parkland Planner for HRM Parks and Recreation – who was instrumental in the design and implementation of the project.

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It wouldn’t be a party without cake!

 

 

Morash Park Group Photo

Group Photo of “most” of our attendees

 

 

Morash Prize Winners

Cathy Denault of Premium Pickleball surrounded by her lucky Prize winners

 

 

The Ball Machine

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Spending time with Simon…the Pickleball Ball Machine

 

 

 

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Morash Barbeque

Lunch is served!

 

 

 

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Thank goodness there is no age limit for recruiting new Pickleball players !

 

 

 

Darren Fisher

Darren Fisher (Our local Member of Parliament) and his four-legged friend chatting with Ginny Conrad and Paul Quinn

 

 

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Practice makes perfect

 

 

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Brisk ticket sales for the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society of Canada.

Outdoor Pickleball Returns to Morash Park

In the middle of a fabulous stretch of warm and sunny weather, it was only fitting that the renovation work has finally come to an end and the Province’s first outdoor multi court and dedicated Pickleball facility was open to the public.  Although a few players managed to get in a few games earlier this week thanks to the temporary net they brought with them, today was the first day that the closed sign was removed and the courts were open to greet the first crowd of enthusiastic players.  Based on the quality of the playing surfaces and interior fencing to minimize interruptions from stray balls, don’t expect the crowds to get any smaller.

A big THANK YOU goes out to the Halifax Regional Municipality for everything they did to bring this project together and provide the local Pickleball community with such a great venue to enjoy our sport.

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