It is one of the fastest growing sports in the US, with over 3 million pickleball players, and it has started to become popular in Australia since 2015. Pickleball is a low-impact sport that is easy to learn and can be played at almost any age, so seniors can get the benefits of regular exercise.
What is pickleball?
Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badmington and table tennis. It was created in 1965 by US Congressman Joel Pritchard and some of his friends in America while they were looking for some entertainment. The story goes that Pritchard was eager to play badminton with his friends one afternoon but couldn’t find the equipment so they had to improvise with some table tennis paddles, a whiffle ball and lowering the net on the badminton court.
If you’re wondering where the name ‘Pickleball’ came from, it was actually after Pritchard’s cocker spaniel Pickles, who enjoyed going after the ball while his owners played.
Even though the sport was created in the 60’s, it became popular in 2005 with the establishment of the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA).
Pickleball came to Australia in 2015 thanks to Gabi Plumm, president of the Pickleball Association of Australia. Since its arrival, it has grown steadily and it has become predominantly popular within people aged over 50.
Where can I play?
At Seachange Riverside Coomera we have designed a Country Club that offers a multitude of amenities and community spaces that promote social interaction and an active lifestyle. These facilities include twin pickleball courts so residents and their guests can play at any time of the year.
The Country Club is the latest addition to this exclusive waterfront resort and it will be delivered to the community by the end of July.
If you would like to visit this stunning resort, we invite you to visit us at 29 Ghostgum Grove, Upper Coomera from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm, or call us on 1800 006 603 for more information.