June 8, 2023
Pickleball lovers across Canada are rejoicing as the highly anticipated Canadian National Pickleball League (CNPL) commenced its inaugural season with a spectacular Eastern Draft Qualifier event held on June 3-4 in Ottawa, the country’s capital. The RA Centre played host to this thrilling competition, which featured media shoots, engaging interviews with team owners, and showcased the highest level of pickleball play ever organized in Canada. With the success of the Eastern Draft Qualifier, excitement is building for the upcoming event on the west coast in Vernon, British Columbia, promising an equally exhilarating experience.
The Eastern Draft Qualifier event in Ottawa proved to be a resounding success, generating a palpable sense of enthusiasm among players, spectators, and organizers alike. The RA Centre, a renowned sports facility in Ottawa, provided the ideal venue for this historic pickleball tournament. With state-of-the-art courts and exceptional amenities, players were able to showcase their skills in an environment tailored for excellence.
The event drew a significant crowd, comprising passionate pickleball players and curious onlookers eager to witness the birth of the CNPL. The media shoots and team owner interviews added to the excitement surrounding the league and allowed players to get an insider’s perspective on the teams and their strategies.
The Eastern Draft Qualifier witnessed some of the highest levels of pickleball play ever seen in Canada. The competition featured a remarkable display of skill, precision, and strategic finesse, highlighting the exceptional talent of the players participating in the CNPL. Fans were treated to intense matches, showcasing the sport’s dynamic nature, fast-paced rallies, and nail-biting finishes. Mark Cleminson (Owen Sound, ON) ranked 1st in the Open category, Jordann Vigna (Montreal, QC) ranked the highest in the Women’s category – both will be receiving Onix Prize Packs for their outstanding achievements against Canada’s top pros in the East!
Congratulations to all athletes for leaving no stone unturned in their quest for victory, displaying remarkable athleticism and demonstrating why pickleball has become one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. From powerful smashes to delicate drop shots, the players exhibited their versatility and adaptability on the court. The level of play on display left spectators in awe and further solidified pickleball’s status as a thrilling and captivating sport. Check out a quick behind-the-scenes video from the weekend here!
With the Eastern Draft Qualifier setting the bar high, pickleball enthusiasts are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming West Coast Qualifier, scheduled to take place in Vernon, British Columbia, next weekend. The enthusiasm surrounding the league has spread across the country, with players, fans, and organizers anticipating another exhilarating display of pickleball prowess. If you would like to get in on the action by helping out, please email [email protected]. If you’re a certified level 1 or 2 referee and happen to be in the area, please email Cam Taylor at [email protected].
Vernon, renowned for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant sporting community, is well-prepared to host this highly anticipated event at the Vernon Pickleball Association’s OWA Pickleball Complex, which promises to attract both local talent and participants from across the nation, guaranteeing a fierce competition for the coveted spots in the CNPL teams. As the league expands its footprint across Canada, the West Coast Qualifier serves as a testament to the sport’s widespread appeal and the growing popularity of pickleball in all corners of the country.
The Canadian National Pickleball League’s Eastern Draft Qualifier in Ottawa was an extraordinary success, igniting a passion for the sport and setting the stage for a thrilling inaugural season. With media shoots, interviews with team owners, and a showcase of exceptional pickleball talent, the event left a lasting impression on players and spectators alike. As the league looks forward to the West Coast Qualifier in Vernon, British Columbia, the anticipation is palpable, and fans can’t wait to witness the sport’s continued growth and the high-level competition that awaits them.