The July LCPC News Update
This Lake Country Pickleball Club newsletter provides information on the upcoming LCPC Annual General Meeting, including an opportunity to run for one of 4 available positions on Board of Directors. There is also an opportunity for members to get involved in a "beautification project" at Benchlands Park; and a link to a District of Lake Country survey about the future of Lake Country's Town Centre and design improvements for Swalwell Park that could potentially include some pickleball facilities.
The June LCPC News Update
Now available and includes information on changes to the Brackets program, an announcement of the 2023 Annual General Meeting; some great work by the Maintenance crew and an opportunity to improve your game by taking pickleball lessons from certified instructors at Benchlands Park.
Great Pickleball Action !
5-8PM @ Benchlands Park
Okanagan Premier League
The Okanagan Premier League (OPL) is for advanced players who want to practice tournament play with high level, competitive games. To sign up for the league, players must have a 4.5+ club rating with Lake Country Pickleball Club listed in Pickleball Brackets (PB). Game scores are entered into Pickleball Brackets, players club ratings will change to reflect the game scores/wins/losses. Players will need to maintain a rating above 4.5 to continue to play in the league. (Click on the OPL logo to register)
The 1st competitive session will run at Benchlands Park, May 3 thru June 3 on Wednesday evenings from 5-8PM. Everyone is welcome to come out and watch some of the most talented players in the Okanagan in high level competition.
The OPL is managed by LCPC Board Member - Brett MacPherson.
Pickleball in Australia
Contribution by LCPC Member Ian Share
Recently I went to Australia for 3 weeks to visit my family & friends and during that trip I took along my pickleball gear. Australia has a population of approximately 27 million people and predominately pickleball is played up North in the states of NSW & Queensland where a lot of the retirees live. You might be surprised to know that Australia has approximately 15,000 players and about 70 clubs and they are very inviting and hospitable to players visiting from other countries.
Even though I was not in the heartland states of where pickleball is exploding I still managed to find some great little country clubs in Victoria (Wangaratta & Eaglehawk in Bendigo) that welcomed me with open arms and they even showered me with club swag of t-shirts & hats. Pickleball seems to be poised to explode in Australia as hardly a day went by that I didn’t hear something about it on their morning news shows!
My trip to Australia was all about visiting and spending some time with my 3 older brothers and my good lifelong friends before that window of opportunity closes in my life. Sure, we saw heaps of kangaroos, drank a few beers, went to an Aussie Rules football game with 60,000 spectators - I had a memorable magic trip !
Anyhow, I encourage all our club members to explore, travel and enjoy our lives whilst we’re healthy enough to do so. I look forward to catching up with you all in May on our local pickleball courts once I get back from my 5 week stint in Phoenix. Take care and pickle on.
Lake Country Pickleball Supports the Food Bank
October 4, 2022 - The Lake Country Pickleball Club made a significant contribution of $1500 to the Lake Country Food Bank with proceeds generated from the Fall Brawl tournament. LCPC Executive members Sandy Olsen and Brett MacPherson presented a cheque to some of the Food Bank volunteers. Another great way that LCPC gives back to the community!
Click to visit the Food Bank website
This past season, LCPC reached out to the community and subsidized a number of Kids Camps for local youth. These younger players are the future of the sport and we believe that getting them involved early will help to grow the game and increase the skill levels for generations to come!