Kingston has been chosen to host the 2022 Pickleball Canada National Championship (the Nationals) next summer. The event will be held at the INVISTA Centre from June 20-26 2022.
Kingston previously hosted the Nationals in 2019 and has also been the host to two Eastern Canadian Pickleball Championships, according to a release from Tourism Kingston.
“Kingston is home to a large pickleball community that is both dedicated and passionate about the sport”, said Ryan Hanes, Chair of the Kingston Host Committee. “I am excited that Kingston has once again been chosen to showcase the largest pickleball tournament in Canada. Our sponsors, players, officials and outstanding volunteers are anxious to build on the success of past tournaments to create a unique and eventful Nationals in 2022.”
Over the course of six days, more than 800 players from across Canada are expected to compete for the coveted title of Canada’s best pickleballer in age categories ranging from 10 to 80, according to the release. Competition categories include men’s and women’s singles; men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. As a Pickleball Canada sanctioned tournament, current IFP rules will be in effect, organizers said.
“We are delighted to have Kingston once again as the host of the 2022 Pickleball Canada Nationals”, said Karen Rust, President of Pickleball Canada. “Building on the success of the 2019 Nationals in Kingston, I am confident and excited that this will be a great event for competitors and spectators alike. I look forward to working with the Kingston Host Committee to ensure the tournament is successful and builds a lasting legacy for pickleball players in Kingston and the surrounding area.”
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the world, with over 4 million players worldwide, according to the release. Over 350,000 people play pickleball in Canada and the number is expected to increase significantly in the coming years.
Learn more about Pickleball Canada on their website.