Dona­tion in­tro­duces pick­le­ball at dome

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor The sports dome in Alexan­dria now of­fers a new game, and it’s all thanks to to Ron­ald Cho­lette, whose dona­tion now makes pick­le­ball avail­able.

Cho­lette do­nated all the equip­ment, in­clud­ing nets, balls, and rac­quets, and cov­ered the ex­pense of paint­ing the lines.

The tennis court in­side the dome now has two ad­di­tional, smaller courts marked out with yel­low lines (ver­sus white for tennis), al­low­ing for two si­mul­ta­ne­ous matches of pick­le­ball.

There was an open house at the dome last week, as dozens took the op­por­tu­nity to see the new ad­di­tions and try out the sport, as those with ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vided in­struc­tion.

North Glen­garry’s recre­ation direc­tor, Terry Gilmer, chaired the evening, wel­com­ing ev­ery­one and thank­ing Cho­lette for his gen­er­ous dona­tion.

Gilmer noted that the in­tro­duc­tion of a new sport to the dome’s of­fer­ings pro­vides ad­di­tional mo­ti­va­tion to en­cour­age peo­ple to be ac­tive.

He ex­plains par­tic­i­pa­tion is in­ex­pen­sive, as the hourly rental cost of $20 can be shared by up to eight in­di­vid­u­als, with both pick­le­ball courts in use for dou­bles matches.

To fur­ther en­cour­age res­i­dents to give the sport a try, the dome is of­fer­ing it at no charge for the months of Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. One just needs to call the dome at 613-525-0614 to book a time and join oth­ers in the highly social ac­tiv­ity.

Pick­le­ball has been go­ing for a while in Corn­wall, where there are some 350 reg­is­tered in a league that plays out of the multi-sport com­plex.

Plans are un­der­way for Alexan­dria’s dome to of­fer mem­ber­ships and a league as well.

Gilmer says the sport is grow­ing ev­ery­where and is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar amongst se­niors, as there is more social in­ter­ac­tion and less stress on the body, when com­pared to other rac­quet sports, such as tennis.

Pick­le­ball uses a larger rac­quet and a whif­fle­ball, so play is slower as well, al­low­ing for greater re­ac­tion time.

The un­veil­ing of pick­le­ball at the dome on Sept. 8 was part of the fa­cil­ity’s open house, which also shone the light on the new roof cover­ing that was in­stalled over the sum­mer.

The dome’s pro­gram­ming in­cludes tennis, soc­cer, flag foot­ball, run­ning and walk­ing on the rub­ber­ized track, and now pick­le­ball.


NEW SPORT: Don Cameron, left photo, and Linda Vick­ers were among the in­di­vid­u­als who at­tended last week’s open house at the sports dome in Alexan­dria, where they tried out the new pick­le­ball equip­ment. More pho­tos can be viewed online at...

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