I would like to update the membership on the progress we are making with the City of Lethbridge and the building of the new courts and refurbishing of the old courts. ISL Engineering has been chosen to do the design and costing. The project will go out to tender this fall and the completion date for the entire project is June 30th of 2023. We should be in our new facility by next summer.
Klaus WitzkeSeptember 6th, 2022
WESTERN CANADIAN REGIONAL PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP JULY 22-24 (MEDAL WINNERS)
Men's Doubles 4.0 60Plus
Mike Wagner BRONZE
Men’s Doubles 3.0 50-64
Richard Boras/Blaine Takeda GOLD
Mixed Doubles Senior Open
Ilsa Wong/Mike Wagner BRONZE
Mixed Doubles 3.0 60-64
Blaine Takeda BRONZE
Mixed Doubles 3.0 65Plus
Val Boras/Richard Boras SILVER
Mixed Doubles 3.5 12-49
Stacey Keraiff/Tyler Keraiff GOLDJuly 25th, 2022
LPC Medal Winners from July 15&16 Southern Alberta Summer Games
Men’s Doubles 3.0 18-64
Rod Stone (SILVER) Ard Biesheuval (BRONZE)
Men’s Doubles 3.0 65+
Al Pettipas/Frank Pigat (GOLD) John Baugh/Kent Toone (SILVER) Tom Jespersen/Ron Fazio (BRONZE)
Men’s Doubles 3.5 18-50
Michael Bishop (GOLD) Glen Novak/Craig Turner (SILVER) Blaine Takeda (BRONZE)
Mixed Doubles 2.5 55+
Deborah Greeff/Michael (GOLD) Sandy Mercer (SILVER) Jane Friesen/Jerry Friesen (BRONZE)
Mixed Doubles 3.0 50+
Elizabeth Wong/Gordon Chan (GOLD) Bev Witzke/Klaus Witzke (SILVER) Cathy Cooper (BRONZE)
Mixed Doubles 3.0 18-50
Sara Peters/Kent Toone (SILVER)
Mixed Doubles 3.5 OPEN
Lisa Witzke/Michael Bishop (GOLD) Cathy Wood/Blaine Takeda (SILVER)
Women’s Doubles 2.5 OPEN
Sandy Mercer/Bev Witzke (GOLD) Shirley Fleming/Deborah Greeff (SILVER)
Women’s Doubles 3.0 OPEN
Cathy Cooper (GOLD) Dori Johnson/Vicky Kress (SILVER)
Women’s Doubles 3.5 OPEN
Lisa Witzke/Sara Peters (GOLD) Cathy Wood (BRONZE)July 17th, 2022
Medal Winners from Alberta Provincials in Medicine Hat July 8-10
Men’s 3.0 Doubles 19-49 Mike Bishop/Blaine Takeda (BRONZE)
Men’s 3.0 Doubles 50-64 Ron Erais/Richard Boras (SILVER)
Men’s 3.0 Doubles 70+ Klaus Witzke/Rick Furukawa (BRONZE)
Men’s 3.5 Doubles 60-69 Glen Novak (BRONZE)
Men’s Singles 19-49 Cam Van Roon (BRONZE)
Mixed Doubles 3.0 45-49 Mike Bishop (BRONZE)
Mixed Doubles 3.0 55-59 Elizabeth Wong/Gordon Chan (BRONZE)
Mixed Doubles 3.0 60-64 Sue Rougeau/Klaus Witzke (SILVER)
Mixed Doubles 3.0 65-69 Val Boras/Richard Boras (SILVER)
Mixed Doubles 3.5 19-49 Stacey Keraiff/Tyler Keraiff (SILVER)
Mixed Doubles 4.5 50-69 Ilsa Wong/Mike Wagner (BRONZE)July 11th, 2022
PICKLEBALL CANADA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS JUNE 22-26
Men's Doubles 3.0 35 Plus
Richard Boras/Mike Bishop GOLD
Mixed Doubles 3.0 65 Plus
Val Boras/Richard Boras SILVER
Mixed Doubles 3.0 35 Plus
Mike Bishop BRONZEJune 27th, 2022
President’s Message – JUNE 2022
Next Saturday June 11 is Pickleball Day in Alberta. Come out to Legacy Courts between
10AM and 2PM to participate in our great sport. Bring a friend or your family and let’s celebrate our
great game with some friendly games. That day will also mark the beginning of our scheduled play so
check your Team Reach App for upcoming days and times that suit your level of play.
LEGACY REGIONAL PARK PICKLEBALL COURT UPDATE: As most of you know we are working with the city
to build the parameters for the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) for 12 new Pickleball Courts at Legacy
Regional Park. The 6 existing courts will be upgraded and 6 new courts will be built just north of the
existing courts. We are currently in the design phase and once that is concluded we will move to the
drafting and engineering stage. The project will then go out for tender. This process should take us to
the end of the year with construction starting in the spring of 2023.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN 2022? The city has agreed to partially fund temporary wind screens on the
existing divider fencing that separates the six existing courts. We have ordered the temporary wind
screens and they will be installed as soon as they arrive.
MEMBERSHIP NEWS! A big welcome to all of our new members. As of June 1st the Lethbridge Pickleball
Club has 164 members. To receive general information about the club and to sign up for scheduled play,
members should download the club’s Team Reach App. Once downloaded, search for the code LPC2022
and your membership will be approved. I look forward to meeting you on the courts.
NEW RATINGS SYSTEM: On June 2nd the board of the Lethbridge Pickleball Club voted to accept the app
called DUPR (Dreamland Universal Player Rating) as the official club rating system. DUPR is a recognized
rating system that is for your club-based play only. If you play in tournaments, either Pickleball Brackets
(Canada) or Pickleball Tournaments (USA) help you maintain your tournament rating. DUPR only uses
club matches for ratings and therefore, only provides you with a rating for club-based play.
Members are encouraged to sign up at mydupr.com and choose Lethbridge Pickleball Club as their DUPR
club. The Ratings Committee will hold DUPR training sessions to help members begin using DUPR on a
regular basis. Over the course of the outdoor season, club events will be posted to Team Reach that are
solely based on your DUPR rating or include opportunities to input match scores into DUPR. In addition,
all fall-winter indoor play will be based on DUPR ratings; so download the app and start inputting your
The Southern Alberta Summer Games pickleball tournament will be
held in Coaldale on July 15 and 16, 2022. This is a great opportunity for people new to the sport to come
out and compete in a fun tournament. There are many age groups (12-18 up to 65+) and skill levels (2.5
and under through to 3.5 and above) that are available to enter. To register for this tournament go to
pickleballbrackets.com and search for tournaments in Alberta.
I hope to see all of you on the courts on June 11! Paddles Up!
PresidentJune 3rd, 2022
Legacy Pickleball Courts
The City of Lethbridge has approved a project that will expand and improve current pickleball courts.
The project will see an additional six courts added at Legacy Park along with wind mitigation measures
and a viewing area for the community during events or games as part of the Capital Improvement
Program spanning from 2022 to 2031.
General Manager of Recreation and Culture at the City of Lethbridge Robin Harper explained the
decision to increase the number of courts was due to an increase in demand. He said pickleball is one of
the fastest growing sports in North America and they are seeing that locally.
During initial planning for the project, the possibility of repurposing the existing tennis courts into
pickleball courts to save money was brought up, according to Harper.
“We went to our engagement piece where we heard from both sides, pickleball and the tennis
community, then we presented that information to city council,” said Harper.
After consulting with a committee on the subject it was recommended to City Council to move ahead
with the original plan, which was to build six new pickleball courts and leave the tennis courts alone.
“We get the second pickleball courts, but we don’t affect the tennis community,” said Harper.
This park project will see the 12 pickleball courts get a different surface as well, said Harper, which will
allow tournaments or events to be played on them.
“Right now, they don’t have enough courts to have events or tournaments on and it doesn’t have the
right surface so that this will allow more of an ability for the community to access pickleball,” he said.
An agreement for use and access to the courts will be developed through discussions with the
Lethbridge Pickleball Club to ensure access to both the Club and the public. This agreement will change
after the expansion takes place according to Harper.
“With the addition of the six new courts, that agreement will be amended to include those six new
courts in that same location,” said Harper. “It was an opportunity to partner with the local association to
provide some services to those courts.”
The Club will be responsible to coordinate and pay for operating expenses, including caretaking, grounds
maintenance, utilities and tenant insurance. Harper said the benefits to the club are substantial as it will
provide a central location for their club to participate in and will also provide them the ability to host
larger tournaments which “at the end of the day is a benefit to the community as well.”
He said there is a large demand for more space to be able to participate in pickleball.
“All ages can play pickleball. So, it’s really attractive in that respect,” said Harper. “I think it really is an
opportunity to increase physical activity and opportunities for people to be able to participate in a
recreational physical activity.”
According to information on the Capital Improvement Program for this project, in 2019 Canada had a
total of 75,000 pickleball players, with Alberta having the highest number of registered players.
Currently, the Lethbridge region has nearly 400 pickleball players.
For more information on pickleball or to register for the Lethbridge Pickleball Club visit
pickleballalberta.org.May 16th, 2022
Clinics Hosted by: Lethbridge Pickleball Club/Coaldale Pickleball ClubMay 5th, 2022
LPC Update 2022
Notice to Membership – April 29, 2022
Welcome to the 2022 outdoor pickleball season. Many thanks for joining the Lethbridge Pickleball Club for the 2022 season. We are excited to get a great start to the season!
To quickly update you on recent events, LPC attended the April 27, 2022 Cultural Standing Committee (CSC) Meeting of City Council to hear the committee’s recommendation for the upgrading of the Legacy Courts. As you may recall, Recreation and Culture completed an engagement survey in December 2021 to gauge community feedback on the conversion of the tennis courts into pickleball courts. As a result of that feedback, CSC was provided three options:
- Re-purpose/upgrade the tennis courts into pickleball courts and upgrade the existing 6 pickleball courts;
- Re-purpose/upgrade the tennis courts into pickleball courts, upgrade the existing 6 pickleball courts, and build 2 new tennis courts;
- Upgrade the existing pickleball courts and build 6 new pickleball courts.
After receiving the engagement information and the three options, the decision of the committee was to choose option #3 – essentially retaining the parameters of the originally approved Capital Improvement Project (CIP). This information will now go to full City council (as an Item for Information) on May 10, 2022 at which point it is hoped that that group will ‘rubber stamp’ the information.
Once this occurs, we expect to be involved in the design of the courts and to work with the City to have the project ready to proceed in the Fall with the courts ready to play in Spring 2023.
In the interim, Parks and Culture and Recreation have committed to working to find temporary windscreens for the 6 existing pickleball courts at Legacy so that play can continue this outdoor season.
With this in mind, planning is underway for LPC programming in:
- Ladder play
Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
PresidentApril 30th, 2022
Ilsa Wong, Coaching Director for Pickleball AlbertaDecember 5th, 2021
Presidents Message July 12 2021
I'm melting!!! Message from our LPC President.
We have a winner!! with 46% of the vote, the membership has decided on logo #4. The
board ratified the choice at our July 8th Board Meeting. We will be using our logo going forward on all correspondence and emails. We will be looking at available merchandise that we could utilize to promote the Lethbridge Pickleball Club.
The City of Lethbridge has confirmed a timeline for the start of building 6 new courts at Legacy Park, as well as the upgrading of the existing 6 courts to the plexi-pave surface and the provision of wind screens around all 12 courts. The city administration will begin consultations with the Lethbridge Pickleball Club this fall with completion of the project slated for the summer of 2022. We may have to put up with some construction next year but in the end it will be worth the wait.
Stay tuned for notices of upcoming events. The Board will be facilitating a novice learn to play program as well as facilitating clinics to improve your skills. We plan on organazing several 2 hour sessions where all members will be able to participate and hopefully improve their skills.
Save the date: Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 will be the date of our Annual General Meeting. We will be updating some of our by-laws to meet the expectations of the Society Act. We have had a committee review our by-laws and make recommendations which we will forward to the membership before the AGM.
Paddles up and have a great summer.
PICKLEBALL ... is an activity that increases one's movement, provides social interaction and ultimately improves physical and mental health, and longevity.July 12th, 2021
Lethbridge Pickleball Club