Pickleball: Big Turnout for DSO – Cape Gazette

Big turnout for Delaware Senior Olympics pickleball tournament

Last weekend Delaware Senior Olympics held its annual pickleball tournament, sponsored by Kent County Levy Court at at their Recreation Center located 1683 New Burton Road in Dover, Delaware. Over 200 players from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia as well as Florida, Texas, Missouri and California battled it out in women's and men's doubles, mixed doubles and singles play over three days.

Certified pickleball pro Rocket Grubbs held clinics in Sussex County at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown. And also at the Rec Center, Thursday the day before the tournament. Rocket offered his 5.0 certified instructor skills to our up-and-coming tournament players. The growth of pickleball in the state of Delaware and in the United States/World as as a whole has grown by the millions. This past June over 30 Delawareans participated at the National Senior Games in Birmingham and brought home the gold in all the events against 900 Picklers!! The age bracket this year went down to 30 years of age and had players as old as 86 in the Delaware tournament. Pickleball is truly a game for all ages. As well as all physical abilities.

Take for instance Dr. Bonnie Strang 73 who receive the Delaware Senior Olympics Outstanding Athlete of the year award last year. She battled it out with Susan Brooker 68 for singles gold. Their match on Saturday lasted one hour and 30 minutes to play three games to 11. Both Bonnie and Susan are members of the Board of Directors of Delaware Senior Olympics. And still Friends!!!
Other highlights can be captured in the pictures below.

Pictures 0133 Bonnie Strang and Susan Brooker meeting at Net after 1HR 1/2 match scores 11 to 4, 8 to 11 and 12 to 10 Sue takes the Gold. Pic 547 Charlie Biddle and Lyn Casey Mixed Doubles go for the Winning Shot. Pic 3 Georgia Billger Beats Helen Henshaw for the Gold in Singles. Pic 3876 All Gold Winners in their age brackets Singles Left Helen Henshaw, Middle Georgia Billger and Right Boe Harris with Susan Brooker Seated. Pic 8324 Lily Hencken going for a low shot to grab the Gold. Pic 8216.

Diane Milam on left and Pearl Morris Took Womens Doubles Gold 55 to 59 age bracket.


Pickleballers Don't Quit!
Delaware Senior Olympics
Member of Board of Directors
and Pickleball Coordinator for State
Lewes, DE
Cell/Text 703-203-3841 Email:suebrooker@aol.com


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