Pickleball tournament in Penticton raises $35K for local mental health services

Pickleball raises $35K

The second annual Pickleball for Mental Health tournament in Penticton raised an incredible $35,000 this past weekend for the local branch of Canadian Mental Health Association.

For the tournament, 159 players of all ages and abilities descended on the Penticton pickleball courts to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals, coming from near and far for the chance to compete.

A father and son duo from Fort St. John, Steven and Kaleb Francoeur, competed in the same category as locals 81-year-old Jurgen Kahl and his partner Don Milne.

It was all in good fun, and proceeds went to support mental health programs and services such as suicide prevention training, mental health first aid, Unity Clubhouse, Mental Health Advocacy, and a meals program for those living with a mental illness in Penticton.

“We had more support from the community this year – more sponsorships, more players and more spectators,” said CMHA executive director Leah Schulting.

“This tournament is growing in popularity every year.”

Corporate sponsorships included Nor Val Sales and Nor Val Rentals, Stewart-Beaumont Investment Group, Spare Room Self Storage, Penticton Foundry, Parkers Chrysler, South Okanagan Laser & Skin, Pickleball Depot, Summerland Seniors Village, Travel Penticton, and South Okanagan Counselling, as well as many other businesses.

"CMHA would like to thank tournament director Pat Meyer, the City of Penticton and the volunteers for their support," the organization stated.

Local players in the medals:

Men’s Doubles

3.0, Any Age
BRONZE, Jurgen Kahl/Don Milne
3.5, 60+ age division
SILVER – Fred Preston/Mike Harstone
BRONZE – Allan Logue/Scott Meakins
3.5, Any age
SILVER – Stephane Lacroix/Stephane Delisle-Lavoie

4.0, Any age
GOLD – James Beaumont/Kham Douangpanya

Mixed Doubles

3.5, 60+ age division
GOLD, Karen Jones/Carel Froneman SILVER, Helen Tidder/Steve Tidder BRONZE, Anita Marshall/Rick Marshall 3.5, Any Age
SILVER, Josie Tyabji/Mike Daley
4.0, Any Age
GOLD, Tenille Beaumont/James Beaumont

Women’s Doubles

3.0, Any Age
SILVER, Jeannie Lister/Lori Needham
3.5, 60+
SILVER, Anita Marshall/Jane Trousdell BRONZE, Helen Tidder/Michelle Tremblay 3.5, Any Age
SILVER, Karen Jones/Desi Harris
BRONZE, Sheila Staring/Angelique Panther 4.0, Any Age
SILVER, Laura Machtaler/Tennille Beaumont

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