The fifth National Pickleball Championships were held November 11-17, 2013, in Buckeye, Arizona. This was my third year to attend the Nationals and each year it has grown in both size and level of play. This year there were 640 players representing 39 states and 5 countries. The average level of play is amazingly high at Nationals so every match is a challenge even for the top players.
Columbia River Pickleball Club had 5 women and 6 men entered in various events. There are no skill levels at Nationals, only Open and Age Level play. Our group of 11 came home with 10 medals, 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze. This was a great result against the best players in the world.
Rosalie Knutsen: Silver in 75+ Women’s Singles and Doubles
Che Cui: Silver in 50+ Women’s Doubles with Trish Graham
Chris Barksdale: Gold in 19+ Mixed Doubles with Wes Gabrielson
Steve Paranto: Gold in 55+ Men’s Doubles with Randy Bither and Silver in 55+ Mixed Doubles with Sheila Schoonover
Randy Bither: Gold in 55+ Men’s Doubles with Steve Paranto
Enrique Ruiz: Gold in Open Men’s Singles, Bronze in Open Mixed Doubles with Lydia Willis, and Bronze in Open Men’s Doubles with Steve Wong
(If the link above will not work, try this generic link http://nationals.usapa.org/ )