Andrew Ling (Ponytail) -Pickleball

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2018

Paddle: Cobra 2G 

Pickleball Club: 

Marhkam Pickleball Club - Ontario

Achievements

BRONZE - Mixed Doubles

> 2019 Canadian Pickleball Nationals - Kingston ON

SILVER - Men's 4.0 70+

> 2019 London Pickleball Club Inc. Tournament, May 2019

GOLD - Men's OPEN 70+

SILVER - Mixed OPEN 70+

> Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, April 2019

BIO

I played competitive tennis for over 30 years before a good friend introduce me to Pickleball, 8 years experience in pickleball as a competitive player and a coach.  I have played many competition across Canada and Florida.  An ambassador for the growth of pickleball through the Markham In Motion Program, we introduced pickleball to students and teachers in the York Region District School Boards and York Region Catholic District School Boards.  I have a passion for the sport and enjoy it immensely 

Angela Weld

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2018

Paddle: Cobra 2G & Matrix 2G 

Pickleball Club: 

East Coast Pickleball Club

Achievements

GOLD - Women’s Doubles 4.0 50+

BRONZE - Mixed  4.0 55+

BRONZE - Women’s Singles 3.5 19+

> Canadian Nationals, June 2019 Kingston, ON

GOLD - Women’s Doubles 55+

SILVER - Women’s Singles Open

> Atlantics, June 2019 Fredericton, New Brunswick

GOLD - Mixed 55+

SILVER - Women’s Doubles 55+

SILVER - Women’s Singles Open

> Nova Scotia Provincials, May 2019, Antigonish, NS

BIO

Hello. I’m Angela Weld from Bedford, Nova Scotia.  

I’ve played many sports over the years and coached and refereed basketball since high school. Pickleball is now my Bread n Butter. I am the Membership Chair on the Pickleball Nova Scotia Board, and I love to see our membership numbers rise as our sport is becoming so popular.  

I  play in tournaments and also love to play pickleball with my family. I’ve introduced my husband and children to pickleball as well as my 80 year old parents. My old paddles go to good use as I get more and more family hooked. I’ll be hanging onto my new MATRIX for a while though, I LOVE IT!!!  

I plan on playing as many tournaments as possible and plan on becoming a certified referee. It seems like a great way to travel and meet people including my new Manta teammates.

Benson (Junior)

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2019

Paddle: Nexus 

Pickleball Club:  Annapolis Valley Pickleball 

Achievements

Coming soon!

BIO

 I am a high school student from Nova Scotia and I have been playing pickleball for 2 years. I was introduced to pickleball when I went to a community open gym night at my school where there was a group playing this amazing sport. Someone there offered to teach me how to play and since then I have loved this sport! I have helped plan and organize tournaments in my community, as well as having participated in many local tournaments and NS Provincials in 2018 and 2019. I am excited to be on the Manta Pro Team and hope to achieve my goal of growing the sport throughout youthful players. I hope to play on a National level and, one day, be the top rated player in Nova Scotia. 

BOTTS Botterill

Manta Pickleball Pro team Member - Mike Botterill

Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Pro Team Since 2019

Paddle: Nexus 2G

Sports Club:

 Pickleball Kelowna Club/ Global Fitness 

Achievements

GOLD - Men's Doubles 5.0 

SILVER - Mixed Doubles 4.5

> Vernon Banister Honda Tournament


GOLD - Men's Doubles 4.5

SILVER - Mixed Doubles 4.5

BRONZE - Men's Singles 4.5

> Grip N' Rip Pickleball Tournament 


BRONZE - Men's Doubles 19+ 4.5

BRONZE - Men's Singles 4.5 

> Pacific Northwest Regionals  

BIO

I was bit by the Pickleball Bug almost 2 years ago.  After retiring from a 7 yr Professional career in Football I started looking for sports to help keep me fit & social.  Pickleball has been a great outlet for me and I don’t see a better sport for personal development.

I love the energy and excitement of tournament play.  Pickleball really does push you Mentally and Physically. At the end of a long day competing in Pickleball the feeling I get reminds me of how I felt after competing on the grid iron.

The decision to Join Manta World Sport was an easy one for me.   My first clinic I took was from Brooke and I learned a lot from his knowledge of the game. About a year later I took Brooke’s course to get certified as an IPTPA instructor  and he introduced me to teaching pickleball as well.   Another deciding factor for me came once I started playing with the paddles.     I play with the Manta Nexus paddle and love the control and power that I get from paddle.

I am looking forward to capping off my second year of tournament play with the upcoming US Nationals in Palm Springs & the World Pickleball Championships in Punta Gorda, Florida. 

Brayden Latray

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2016

Paddle: Extreme Point .5 "Lite" 

Pickleball Club: 

Achievements

GOLD - Mixed 4.5

GOLD - Men's Doubles 4.5 

> Byrne Creek Pickleball Tournament, March 2019 

BIO

I first started pickleball when I was about 8 I instantly fell in love with the sport and had to keep playing. In my first national tournament at age 9 my friend samual and I were registered in the junior category and ended up in 3rd place. Having such a fun tournament with such good results really started my passion for this amazing sport. I have been supported through this adventure by so many people I can’t thank them all. I feel like I definetly owe a huge thanks to Gene Latray for always supporting me in every tournament I do he always tries his best to be there. I also owe a huge thanks to the Manta Pro Team. Elya Postma and Charles Neufeldt, they have been sponsoring me for almost 3 years now and they have supplied me with everything my pickleball career has ever needed. From paddles and balls to shoes and shirts. Im super proud of how far I have come in this sport and as I continue to play it my love for the sport only grows. I will keep reaching for my goals and will continue to climb the ladder to the top of the game. 

Chris Cheverie

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2018

Paddle: Extreme Point .5 2G

Pickleball Club: OPA (Ottawa Pickleball Association

Achievements

GOLD -Men's Open Doubles 

> Wakefield Open Pickleball Tournament, January 19, 2019

SILVER - Men's 3.5 Doubles

> OPA Member Madness, Dec 9, 2018

BIO

I have been playing Pickleball for 5 years now and loving it more and more each day.  My background is squash and tennis but I’m all Pickleball now.  I enjoy travelling with my wife Karen and friends to the Caribbean and playing Pickleball everywhere in the Caribbean sun.  My wife and I play Pickleball about 6 times a week and I enjoy teaching beginners this fantastic game.  I have been using Manta Pickleball paddles for a couple of years and recommend them to all.  See you all on the courts, over the net or around the post.

Elya Postma

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Pickleball Since 2014

Paddles: Extreme Point 5. (2G) - Pink

Achievements

GOLD - Ladies Doubles 4.0 19+ 

> Southern Utah Pickleball Shootout, St George March 28-31 2018  

BIO

I have been playing pickleball since 2014 and have completely fallen in love with the game. I am involved with promoting pickleball through the Manta Pro Team and traveling the world to introduce pickleball to new countries/ communities/ resorts etc. My goal is to become fully certified by the IPTPA and continue to travel the world to play/promote pickleball and Manta!

Erin Fitzpatrick

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2018

Paddle: Extreme Point .5 (2G) - Gold

Pickleball Club:

Ottawa Pickleball Association (OPA)
Manotick Pickleball Club (MRC)

Achievements

BRONZE - Ladies 4.0 Doubles 

> July 2019 Eastern Canada Sports Championships  


BRONZE - Ladies 4.0 Doubles

> OPA Pickleball Member Madness, Dec 9, 2018

BIO

I grew up playing tennis, badminton, squash.  I took up pickleball about 4 years and love the sport.  I have recently retired and spend a lot of my time helping others enjoy pickleball. I am one of the founding members of the only dedicated pickleball courts in Ottawa, the Manotick Racquet Club.

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