Terrace hosts first-ever pickleball tournament

More than 50 pickleball players from Terrace and Kitimat converged in Thornhill, B.C. for the first-ever pickleball tournament here.

Jaime Wiebe stands poised to play while teammate Harry Simpson readies to launch a serve.

More than pickleball players from Terrace and Kitimat converged in Thornhill for the first-ever pickleball tournament here.

“It was a huge success,” said organizer Karen Resch, adding that it was a competitive event with prizes for winners.

“It was a great way for players to test their skills. We had a lot of games to play in eight hours but managed to pull it off.”

The Oct. 29 tournament engaged six women’s and eight men’s teams as well as 13 mixed teams in tight doubles matches at the gym of the old Thornhill Junior school (now Northwest Trades Centre).

Local people play pickleball in Thornhill every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday nights at 8:15 p.m.

The winners from the recent tournament are as follows:

In women’s doubles, first place went to Jaime Wiebe and Karen Resch from Terrace, and second went to Jennifer Hidber and Jeany de Wit, also from Terrace.

In men’s doubles there were two pools. In the A pool, first place went to Tony Abriel and KC Tam from Kitimat, and second went to Gino Lamele and Harry Simpson from Terrace.

In the B pool, Pat Mildy and Ken Hauki from Kitimat took first, and Dennis Ward and Byron Guenter from Terrace earned second.

The mixed doubles tournament had three pools.

In the A pool, first place went to Jeany de Wit and Dave Quinn, and second went to Herb and Karen Resch.

In the B pool, first was won by Jaime Wiebe and Harry Simpson, and second was Anita Tam and Pat Mildy.

In the C pool, winners were Theresa Kaluga and KC Tam, and second place was Marilyn Earl and Kelly Robinson.