A local contingent of pickleball enthusiasts are looking for new players. The group currently meets at Mary Hall three times a week.

Calling all pickleball enthusiasts

A contingent of Nelson players are looking for more participants to meet at Mary Hall three times a week.

Nelson pickleball enthusiasts are hoping to encourage more people to get involved in the sport, which has a local contingent of players meeting regularly at Selkirk College’s Mary Hall.

“You can show up on your own if you want, or you can bring a friend. We mix people around. If two people come together they’re not necessarily going to play together,” said participant Barry MacLean, who said the sport provides a stimulating workout.

He said they endeavour to pair newer players with those who are more experienced.

“That way the experienced person can show them the nuances of the game, teach them the rules,” he said.

“You don’t have to be in tremendous shape. Anyone who has played tennis in the past, or squash or badminton, should have no problem figuring it out.”

MacLean said the sport is ideal for keeping active during the winter months.

“It keeps your mind working. It’s a sport I would recommend for somebody whose body doesn’t take squash anymore but still wants to be in a fairly active sport,” he said.

The game involves a paddle about twice the size of a ping pong paddle, with a width of approximately 8 inches.

The group currently has access to 5 courts at a time.

MacLean said that though most of the participants are currently seniors, they welcome anyone to come out and try it.

The pickleball group meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. at Mary Hall. The normal admission rates apply.

“We’re excited to teach some new people and show them the game,” he said.

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