Mark Dans and Kas Ingwersen compete in the under-55 mixed doubles event Saturday at the Pickleball Canada National Open Championships at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre

Mark Dans and Kas Ingwersen compete in the under-55 mixed doubles event Saturday at the Pickleball Canada National Open Championships at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre

Local pickleball players win medals at national championships

Abbotsford hosted the largest pickleball event in Canada last weekend.

The Abbotsford Recreation Centre hosted the 3rd Pickleball Canada National Open Championship last weekend.

The event, the largest of its kind in Canada, welcomed 180 participants from as far away as Ontario, Florida and Alaska.

Many local pickleballers took part, and a handful even walked away with medals.

Andrew McKimmon of Mission won gold in two events: the under-55 men’s doubles and the under-55 mixed doubles.

Karen Sawatsky of Abbotsford matched that performance, claiming gold in the 55-plus women’s doubles and mixed doubles events.

Other Abbotsford medalists include Abbotsford’s Matt Annan, who won silver in the 55-plus mixed doubles, and Matt Kahn and Henry Meerkerk, who shared bronze in 65-plus men’s doubles.

Bronze medals also went to Ken Franz in the 55-plus mixed doubles, Claire Pool in the 55-plus women’s doubles, and Kathleen Parkes in the 65-plus mixed doubles.