Padel popular on the local courts

The decommissioned tennis courts at Jack Seaton Park have been given a new life, with Padel.

Chris Thorburn has spent the summer introducing Lake Country residents to Padel. The racquet sport is relatively new to Canada with only three clubs nationwide. Internationally the sport is hugely popular

Chris Thorburn has spent the summer introducing Lake Country residents to Padel. The racquet sport is relatively new to Canada with only three clubs nationwide. Internationally the sport is hugely popular

The decommissioned tennis courts at Jack Seaton Park have been given a new life, with Padel. The first court in British Columbia has been installed and all summer long Chris Thorburn has been teaching kids, teens and adults the joys of a sport that is wildly popular in Latin countries around the world.

Padel (pronounced pa-DELL) is a fun, easy cross of racquet ball, squash and tennis.  The courts are small so you can play position, none of the sprinting and grunting of tennis.  The rules call for strategic bounces of the tennis ball, so you avoid the seemingly rocket fuelled ball of racquetball.  The short handled paddle gives you control, power and finesse eliminating the high athletic demands of squash.

“This is  very much a thinking game,” explains Thorburn. “It is all strategy.  If you play position and place your shots correctly there is no need to race around the court and swing hard at the ball. There really is not the same intimidation factor that comes with some of the other racquet sports.”

Seniors all the way to juniors can learn the sport in well under an hour.  Play as doubles in a foursome and you can be having a great time almost immediately.  In padel, the ball can be played off of the back wall from a single bounce. While shot selection is important the game is played with the racquet in front of the body in small swings.

The sport is very social, perhaps because of its origins.  Padel was created in Mexico in 1969.  Brazil, Spain and Argentina are major centers for the sport.  Twenty countries around the world belong to the sport Federation.  Currently there are three clubs in Canada: Calgary, Montreal and Lake Country.

At Seaton Park the outdoor court has been outfitted with a steel and glass skin, similar to racquet ball.  A second court is scheduled to go in the Labour Day long weekend, courtesy of a material donation from Rona.

It is easy to find the courts, use the main entrance to Jack Seaton Park and walk up the small hill to the tennis courts.  The Padel Club operates on an annual membership basis.  Visit www.lakecountrypadel.com for your free lesson.  Pay your annual membership dues of $55 this first year and you are on your way to enjoying the sport for yourself.

As a player if you have the knack, now is the time to pursue padel.  With the sport so new in Canada it is easy to move up the national rankings and join a sport with international horizons far beyond the valleys of Lake Country.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union's two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
VantageOne staff urged to take tentative deal in Vernon

It’s been more than one month since union workers went on strike

A part-time staff member at Vernon’s Chartwell Carrington Place Retirement Residence has tested positive for COVID-19, the seniors home’s general manager said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Chartwell photo)
COVID-19 case confirmed at Vernon seniors home

An employee at Carrington Place has tested positive; Interior Health is not declaring an outbreak

Vernon's Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon COVID-19 care home deaths now up to 13

Another member of Noric House has passed

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
95 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health, two deaths

Another member of Vernon’s Noric House has passed

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Disgraced Kelowna social worker faces another class-action lawsuit

Zackary Alphonse claims he was not informed of resources available to him upon leaving government care

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

Kevin Lee Barrett is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. (Facebook)
Court hears of victim’s injuries in West Kelowna attempted murder trial

Two-week-long trial continues for Kevin Barrett, accused of trying to kill mother in West Kelowna

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A mother hold hands with her daughter while sharing about her struggles with addiction during Overdose Awareness Day. (Jesse Major/Black Press file)
Overdose and suicide support group starts in Penticton

Penticton was one of the province’s communities hardest hit by the overdose crisis in 2020

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The steel mills in the Hamilton waterfront harbour are shown in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Dyer: Stay the course on Carbon pricing

Kristy Dyer has a background in art and physics and consulted for Silicon Valley

Voting is the number one, bare minimum way to have your voice heard by government. (File photo)
Jocelyn’s Jottings: Want to make change? Here are some suggestions

As a citizen you have a voice, you just have to know who to talk to

Most Read