Oregon Senior Games in June 2014

New Oregon Senior Games’ Pickleball Registration Now Open

Perfect New Excuse to Visit Bend, Oregon

March 31, 2014 – Bend, Oregon – Pickleball enthusiasts ages 50 and over have a new excuse to visit Bend, Oregon: The Oregon Senior Games. The 2014 Oregon Senior Games Pickleball competition will be held at the beautiful Pine Nursery Park in Bend on Thursday, June 19 –Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles; Friday, June 20 – Women’s Doubles and Men’s Singles; and Saturday, June 21, 2014 – Mixed Doubles. All events start at 8 a.m.

The registration fee for Pickleball is $15 for the first event and $5 for each additional event.  Those who need Pickleball partners may use a convenient “partner-find” feature found at the registration link: https://oregon.fusesport.com/registration/166/.

The Pickleball tournament is sure to appeal to super-competitive athletes as well as those just looking to stay active and have fun participating in any of the 15 other sports as part of the Games. It’s also a great opportunity to explore a beloved outdoor recreation mecca: Bend, Oregon. While in town, competitors can reward themselves with whitewater rafting, hiking, golf, stand up paddle boarding or enjoying a tasty craft beer along the Bend Ale Trail. The dining and lodging venues are top notch and will round out a great visit to Central Oregon.

Most of the Oregon Senior Games competitions run June 19-22, 2014 with Cycling leading the way on May 24, 2014 and a Cowboy Action Shooting event a week prior to the main Games. All events are held in and around Bend. The 16 events include a 5K Road Race and Walk, Archery, Badminton, Bowling, Cowboy Action Shooting, Cycling, Golf, Over the Line, Pickleball, Racquetball, Shuffleboard, softball, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis and Track & Field.

Before 2014, Oregon was one of only two states without a sanctioned State Senior Games. The Oregon Senior Games is officially sanctioned by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) and is open to any athlete age 50 and over with no prequalification necessary. The top four finishers in most sports in each age group will qualify for the 2015 National Senior Games in St. Paul, Minnesota (taking place July 3-16, 2015) as will competitors who meet minimum performance standards in applicable sports.

“We’re thrilled to be reviving the Oregon Senior Games and bringing them to Bend for the first time,” said Kevney Dugan, director of Sales and Sports Development for Visit Bend. “This is an amazing opportunity to present a competitive yet fun and social event to an older set of visitors that showcases Bend as the ultimate outdoor playground.”

About Visit Bend

Visit Bend is a non-membership, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to promoting tourism on behalf of the City of Bend. We’re a leading provider of information on Bend, Oregon hotels, restaurants, activities, and Oregon vacation planning. To learn more or to order a complimentary Official Visitor Guide to Bend, contact Visit Bend at 1-800-949-6086 or visit www.visitbend.com.

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March 2013 Tournament

BAPA had it’s March tournament yesterday – March 31…  We had 19 players sign up.

The Bronze winners were:  Steve Douglas & Joanne Whittaker (her father (Rudy) stepped in for her for the picture because she had to get going)…

The Silver winners were: Mitch Mitchell & Terry Donohue

The Gold winners were: Linda Mitchell & Tami Leach

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Congratulations to all…  Next month (April), Doug & Trish Carlson will be hosting the tournament…

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NBC News says “Pickleball Fastest Growing Sport”

The news media are finally admitting what we pickleball enthusiasts have already known – “Pickleball is fastest growing sport”…  NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams had a small piece on the news broadcast last Tuesday (3/18) night.  If you missed it, here is the link you can go to, to watch the aired episode.  Maybe now more city leaders will take heed and start building us more pickleball courts!!

(copy and paste this link into your browser)    http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/pickleball-fastest-growing-sport-america-n56181


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Winterbirds Dick & Lawana Johnson

Dick & Lawana Johnson have just returned home from snow birding in Arizona.  Lawana’s shoulder, that was broken last Spring at Home Court, unfortunately continues to limit her pickleball play.  But, she has continued active other ways…and, will be running our tourney on March 26th.  Lawana also wisely reminds us all to be careful while playing at Home Court to not run back into the “wall” dividing the courts, even though it may seem like a safe, relatively soft canvas “wall.”  Though it was pretty exhausting for an old guy, Dick enjoyed playing 6 large tournaments in Arizona and medaled 5 times (Gold, 3 Silvers, and a Bronze)…see below.


Glad to be home!

Dick and Lawana

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Kona, Hawaii Tournament

Our Idaho players, Dennis & Sonya Kincheloe are wintering in Kona, Hawaii.  They had a tournament this past weekend and both medaled:)  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Mixed Doubles.

Mixed Doubles.



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Oregon Senior Games

The city of Bend and the Oregon Senior Games local organizing committee would like to invite you to compete in the 2014 Oregon Senior Games presented by Humana. The Pickleball tournament will be hosted at Pine Nursery Park and will be put on/hosted by the Bend Pickleball Club.

The schedule of events as follows:

Thursday June 19 – Men’s Doubles & Women’s Singles

Friday June 20 – Women’s Doubles & Men’s Singles

Saturday June 21 – Mixed Doubles

*The first event you sign up for will be $15 and each additional Pickleball event will be an additional $5. A $25 games fee will be added for each athlete at checkout.

To learn more about the Oregon Senior Games click here. We have also taken the liberty of attaching a flyer complete with the schedule of events in case you are interested in other sports. We have also attached a flyer specific to the Pickleball competition. Please take a minute to add the Oregon Senior Games to your event calendar, broadcast emails and any other tools you use to reach your athletes in an effort to help us spread the word.

Now is the time to sign up for the 2014 Oregon Senior Games and use it as your excuse to visit Bend, Oregon. The weather and hospitality you will receive from our friendly mountain town will ensure that this is the first competition you put on your calendar each and every year!

Please spread the word with your local athletes and other clubs who should know about the Oregon Senior Games. We will look forward to seeing you in June. If you have any questions email oregonseniorgames@visitbend.com



Kevney Dugan
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The End of 2013

As the end of 2013 is upon us my wife Tami and I would like to thank all the people who visited and followed our blog for tuning in and we hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year, remember to drive carefully and be safe.

Now as 2014 is rapidly approaching we would like to take this opportunity to invite any and all pickleball clubs in and around Idaho to email us with any information regarding pickleball in your areas you would like to share with fellow pickleballers.  Our blog is here to help spread the pickleball word and promote the game we love, so send us your news.  Oh and if you have any helpful hints on how to play better, new types of equipment  or really any information you would like to get out there again just email us.

In closing thanks again for visiting our blog and we look forward to a great 2014.

Nick & Tami Leach

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