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By Ryan Melanson Trident Staff

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There’s a new sport gaining steam at 12 Wing Shearwater, and while it may have an unusual name, pickleball is an accessible and low-impact activity that can be enjoyed by anyone. Pickleball is best described as a blend of table tennis, traditional tennis, and badminton. It’s played on a badminton-size court with slightly lower nets with players using wood or composite paddles and a lightweight ball similar to a wiffle ball.

Pickleball games can be singles or doubles, and are typically played Spend 1-5 minutes each posture, or just choose one and hold to eleven points. While the rules share similarities withintennis and it for 5 minutes. If you are unsure how to do any of the postures table tennis, there are important differences, such as underhand below, or experience pain make while doing them, stop and consult a serves and a seven-foot no-volley zone near the net, that Registered pickleball a less physically-demanding game. Yoga Teacher in your area or contact your physician. “It’s very popular with ex-tennis players, because injuries are less common and the type of movements are more forgiving to your body. The growth in popularity has been huge over the last ten years or so in Canada,” said Andre Noel, a former sailor who helped get the sport established at the Shearwater Fitness, Sports and Recreation Centre. Though Noel retired from service decades ago, he recently moved back to the Halifax area and became a regular at the 12 Wing gym. He was first introduced to the game about five years ago while living in Ontario. “I had never heard of the sport before, until a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to come out and play pickleball. Like most people, I said ‘What on earth are you talking about it? What’s pickleball?’” Noel said with a laugh. “I started playing, and I quickly found that I really enjoyed it.” It’s clear that Noel is not the only one who enjoys a good game of pickleball. Noel worked with PSP Halifax Community Recreation Department to launch pickleball as an activity in Shearwater in early 2017, and it immediately became a hit. There’s typically 40 or more players on the floor during the bi-weekly time slot. The program has also expanded to include families and youth. “Anybody can tell you that Shearwater is the place to be for pickleball. We’re trying to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship, and have people feel welcome when they’re here,” Noel said.

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