Norwich Pickleball Club NR1 was well represented at the 1st ever UK International Pickleball open in Stratford upon Avon on 21st to 23rd October with 8 players.
The tournament hosted a referee work shop on Friday morning and a singles competition was played in the afternoon where Dennis and Jeff took part in, groups were separated in 3 categories, the below 40’s the 4o+ to 61 and 61+. No medals were won here but it was a good experience.
Saturday morning was the ladies doubles, Margaret with Lin and Pam with Fely and mens doubles Chris paired with David and Dennis with Jeff, the morning session was set out as getting some games in to rate the strength of the age group categories and in the afternoon the double elimination stages took place till late in the night.
On Sunday the results from Saturday were revealed which took us by surprise, first one was Bronze was achieved in the 61+ ladies doubles by Margaret and Lin
and then a second surprise was Bronze in the men 61+ category Chris and David.
I say surprise because we were having a lovely dinner as a group in the pub on Saturday night, so no one knew exactly what all the results were at the end of the day so well done Norfolk.
On Sunday the following pairs were put together Chris with Lin, David with Pam, Margaret with Dennis and Fely with Jeff. We all had aimed to be finished by 5pm on the Sunday which was far fetched, medals might have been picked up but without a clear indication when the next game would be Team Norfolk hit the road by 17:20 for a 3 hour drive, with Fely and Jeff leaving 90mins later as their last game came up at 18:15.
I think participating in these tournaments is a fantastic learning experience as you learn about your own game and from others, it is a great social event as well plus volunteering with refereeing is another learning curve.
So fancy participating at a tournament then stay tuned as there will be a few lined up for next year.
(Jeff van der Hulst)