Barriere Pickleball Challenge welcomed with clear skies and sunshine

Numerous pickleball enthusiasts turned out July 1 at the courts in Barriere to participate in the first annual Canada Day Pickleball Challenge hosted by the Barriere Outdoor Club and Pickleball Club. Pictured are (l-r) Cathy McNeil, Zelda Copley, Karen Smith, Sue Syfchuck, Louise Lodge, Trina Gregson, and Connie Sobchack. (Tracy Sealy photo)Numerous pickleball enthusiasts turned out July 1 at the courts in Barriere to participate in the first annual Canada Day Pickleball Challenge hosted by the Barriere Outdoor Club and Pickleball Club. Pictured are (l-r) Cathy McNeil, Zelda Copley, Karen Smith, Sue Syfchuck, Louise Lodge, Trina Gregson, and Connie Sobchack. (Tracy Sealy photo)
Pickleball player Babes Shanko is shown enjoying the fun on July 1 in her hometown of Barriere during the first annual Canada Day Pickleball Challenge that saw 20 players and 19 games take place. (Tracy Sealy photo)Pickleball player Babes Shanko is shown enjoying the fun on July 1 in her hometown of Barriere during the first annual Canada Day Pickleball Challenge that saw 20 players and 19 games take place. (Tracy Sealy photo)
Kathy Cook and Rob Elliott, who were on vacation at East Barriere Lake, came down to participate in the first annual Canada Day July 1 Pickleball Tournament in Barriere. (Tracy Sealy photo)Kathy Cook and Rob Elliott, who were on vacation at East Barriere Lake, came down to participate in the first annual Canada Day July 1 Pickleball Tournament in Barriere. (Tracy Sealy photo)
(l-r) Mary MacLennan and Louise Lodge show their Canada Day colours while assisting the Barriere Outdoor Club and Pickleball Club to present a very successful first annual Canada Day Pickleball Challenge held Friday, July 1, at the courts on Airfield Road in Barriere. (Tracy Sealy photo)(l-r) Mary MacLennan and Louise Lodge show their Canada Day colours while assisting the Barriere Outdoor Club and Pickleball Club to present a very successful first annual Canada Day Pickleball Challenge held Friday, July 1, at the courts on Airfield Road in Barriere. (Tracy Sealy photo)
Brian Dorish and Lynn Desbiens McGravey had fun competing in the first annual Canada Day Pickleball Tournament at the courts in Barriere. (Tracy Sealy photo)Brian Dorish and Lynn Desbiens McGravey had fun competing in the first annual Canada Day Pickleball Tournament at the courts in Barriere. (Tracy Sealy photo)

The Barriere Outdoor Club and Pickleball Club hosted a very successful first annual Canada Day Pickleball Challenge on Friday, July 1.

The event was held at the courts on Airfield Road in Barriere. The weather offered up clear skies and sunshine, and allowed for a fun and exciting event.

Participants from Barriere, Clearwater, and vacationers from East Barriere Lake joined in the tournament and festivities.

“Thank you, to Louise Lodge for running a smooth and efficient game board,” said club member Tracy Sealy, “Twenty players, and 19 games is no easy feat. Armed with a whistle, and timer, Louise ran a flawless tournament, while also participating in games.”

Sealy also thanked club member Mary MacLennan, “For taking charge of the roster on social media, and baking a delicious rhubarb/raspberry Canada Day cake for everyone to enjoy along with refreshments.”

The grand prize winner was Jordan Rainer, with the consolation prize going to Carmel Keenan.

Both Sandy Crane and Tracy Sealy went home with door prizes, kindly donated by club members.

The Barriere Outdoor Club and Barriere Pickleball Club are always looking for new members. If you are interested in ‘all things outdoors’, contact Mary MacLennan at 778-538-2796.

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