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Grant helps introduce women to pickleball

Local group focuses on growing sport through February
Shannon Moore and Viola Hermenson

YORKTON - Pickleball Yorkton received a Gender Equity Grant from the Canadian Parks and Recreation Sport community grants initiative to encourage more women to get involved in sports. 

The grant allowed the local organization to schedule regular game times at the Gloria Hayden Community Center on Thursdays for morning and evening sessions. 

The number of women who come out to enjoy the company of other women and play the game has increased with every Thursday.

Ladies of all ages and abilities participtated, and many took the opportunity to partake in clinics the club offered. David Weiman and Chanz Hutton hosted several clinics to those that wished to advance their skill level and learn the strategies of the game 

The Ladies Play Day challenged the women to invite a guest during the month of February to join them in learning the game and try out the paddles the club provides. 

The winner of the draw was Marlene Kennedy and her guest was Shannon Moore.

Marlene was absent at the time of the draw but Shannon wanted to recognize Viola for being the one that had encouraged her to come to the Ladies Play Days. 

Pickleball Yorkton wishes to thank the City of Yorkton Drop in Sports for their support and for donating the two 10-pass gift cards. 

The Thursday Ladies will continue playing at the Gloria Hayden until the courts outdoors become available. The club plans to keep the same schedule during the spring and summer months in hopes of keeping the number of women growing in the club and in the sport. 

Anyone interested in joining the Ladies Play Day can simply come to the Gloria Hayden Community Center Thursdays at 10 am or 5 pm cost is $4.00 per person or call Anne at 306-621-8926 

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