by Dayna Chu
I'm a freelance writer and primary school teacher living in SE Melbourne. I love finding adventures for myself, my husband and our four kids to enjoy. Come along! Heart my articles, subscribe to the fun, follow along on www.facebook.com/WNMelbourne
If you've played pickleball, I'd love to hear from you in the comments! I am hearing that anyone can play this sport and that it is not about power, speed or exclusivity.
I personally heard about pickleball through a podcast by the author Brene Brown; she swears by the joy she gets from playing pickleball, and the miraculous mindfulness it brings her.
Pickleball first began to grow rapidly in senior communities, as players and advocates say it levels the playing field between age groups and athletic backgrounds. Grandparents and their grandchildren can play together competitively! What a great way for multiple generations to play together. I can see my own kids vying to beat their parents at pickleball!
This is a sport of strategy and patience that combines ping pong, tennis and badminton. The majority of the game is played close to the net (the zone called "the kitchen"), which means less time running around and longer rallies. The court is smaller than tennis, so many people are gravitating to pickleball because of the lower physical strain. It is said to be a competitive, yet fun way to stay healthy.
Let us know if you play pickleball and where we can try it!