Sport of pickleball being introduced in Colchester County

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TRURO – A new-to-the-region sport is being introduced throughout the county this month – pickleball

A cross between tennis and table tennis, the pickleball is played on a court like tennis and features lightweight paddles and balls.

It’s been gaining popularity across the province since being featured during the Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games held in the Truro area last fall. It will also be featured during senior games, happening this week in the area.

But, it’s not just for seniors – people of all ages are invited to give it a try.

Brendon Smithson, recreation director for the Village of Bible Hill, thinks people will really enjoy pickleball as a sport.

“The sounds, the action, the fun…you couldn’t ask for a more enjoyable game,” he said in a news release.

“If someone is looking for something new to do that is low impact, fun and has a wacky name like pickleball, then this is the perfect sport to pick up.”

Organizers of the 2013 Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games have invested some of the profits from the games into purchasing pickleball equipment and will host free introductory lessons in several areas of the county. Instruction will be provided.

The pickleball project also received financial support from Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness Active Living Branch.

Interested residents of all ages are invited to attend any or all of the following opportunities to try pickleball:

-       May 6, 6:30-8 p.m. – Harmony Heights Elementary School, Salmon River

-       May 7, 6-7:30 p.m. – Winding River Consolidated School, Stewiacke

-       May 10, 4-6 p.m. – Cougar Dome, Truro

-       May 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Truro. 

For more information, contact the recreation department in your area. Brendon Smithson, Bible Hill recreation director can be reached at recreation@biblehill.ca or 893-8083; Craig Burgess with
Colchester Recreation Services can be reached at cburgess@colchester.ca or 897-3181; Cathy von Kintzel with the Town of Truro’s Parks, Recreation and Culture can be reached at cvonkintz@truro.ca or 893-6094; and Erin Dorn with Stewiacke Recreation can be reached at edorn@stewiacke.net or 639-2111.

Organizations: Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games, Nova Scotia Department of, Health and Wellness Active Living Branch Colchester Recreation Services

Geographic location: Truro, Colchester County, Village of Bible Hill Harmony Heights Salmon River Douglas Street

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