Pickleball instructor Jane White demonstrates a skill to a class held July 30 in Castor. (Kevin J Sabo photo).

Pickleball a growing sport in Castor

Town of Castor buys equipment with help of New Horizons Grant for seniors

By Kevin J Sabo For the Advance

For those looking for a low-impact past time that doesn’t have you baking in the warm summer weather, there is another option in Castor.

With funding from the New Horizons Grant for seniors, the town of Castor has bought a set of pickleball equipment and set up two courts in the Castor Curling Rink, which are open to the public all summer.

Pickleball is a sport played with a 24-inch paddle, and is a hybrid of tennis, badminton, and table tennis and can be played with up to four people per court. On July 30 Jane White of Red Deer was on-hand to provide a free lesson to the sport, which was organized by Leanne Lougheed.

During the two-hour session, the four people in attendance had the opportunity to practice drills and techniques to work on their paddle skills and then finished the session with a game. Coffee and snacks were provided as well.

Pickleball is a fast-growing sport and has many modifications that can be made allowing players of all skill and ability to play. White has been playing herself since 2009, has been an instructor for three years and has introduced many people to the game.

“I have people with Parkinson’s play the game,” said White. “Their doctors keep telling them to do what they are doing because they are doing so well by staying moving.”

For more information, please contact Leanne Lougheed at (780) 237-8582.

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