Ian Miller

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2018

Paddle: Extreme Point 5 (2G) 

Pickleball Clubs:
> Parkland Pickleheads, Spruce Grove AB

> The Paddle Room, Edmonton AB

Achievements

SILVER - Men's 4.0 Doubles

> Sherwood Park - July 20, 2018

SILVER - Mixed 4.0 

> Red Deer - August 12, 2018

SILVER - Mixed 4.0 

> Spruce Grove Alberta Pickleball Provincials - August 18, 2018

SILVER - Men's 4.0 + 

> Westlock Fall Back - November 03, 2018

SILVER - Men's 4.0 

GOLD - Mixed 4.0

>  Edmonton Sport Winter Classic at Royal Glenora -  December 29-30, 2018

BIO

My name is Ian Miller. I was born in B.C. in 1984.  I moved to Edmonton in August 2006. I am self-employed installing Vinyl Siding.  I have three wonderful children Mayson 10, Mikaela 8, and Marx 2 and my beautiful wife Kimberly.

I was first introduced to Pickleball by my Dad.  He had told me about the sport and he thought I would love it. He brought a couple paddles over at the beginning of May 2016.  We pulled up some of the basics of the game on YouTube, then we went and played  a couple games of singles.  He went home to Vancouver and I was very interested in Pickleball. I found the Parkland Pickleheads Pickleball club on the internet. They offered free beginners lessons. I brought my father in-law with me as his lives in Spruce  Grove. We both played as much as we could that summer.  I played my first sanctioned tournament at 3.0 in September 2016.  My mixed partner Pamela Boutin and I won Gold.  I was absolutely hooked and wanted to play any chance I got.  I have attended as many  tournaments as possible and play regularly twice a week.  Pickleball has brought back my competitive spirit. I hope to continue to play competitively for many years.  My goals are to work very hard to hone my skills and improve my UTPR.  I will continue to  share my love of the sport with anyone and everyone.

Gaston Renault

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2018

Paddle: Nexus 2G  

Pickleball Club: 

East Coast Pickleball and City of Lakes Pickleball

Achievements

GOLD - Men's 3.5 50+ 

> Pickleball Canada 2019 Canadian National Pickleball Tournament, June 27-30, Kingston ON


SILVER – 3.5 Mixed 50+

SILVER – 3.5 Men’s Singles 50+

> Pickleball Nova Scotia 2019 Provincial Championships, May 25 - 26 , Antigonish NS

BIO

I have been playing pickleball for nearly 2 years.  It is such an amazing sport combining table tennis, tennis and badminton!  I am proud to be an ambassador promoting safe play while challenging players to “hit each shot with purpose”.   

I played in my first Nationals this year - LOVE my Manta Nexus 2G paddle!  I started softening my shots these past few months and the results are life-changing for me.  I am striving to be a strong 4.0 now that I see the light! 

I have my Level I IPTPA Certification and I am enjoy giving clinics and private lessons.  I will pursue my Level II Certification in the future as I approach my retirement.

Lin Buckler

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2018

Paddle: Cobra

Club: Sechelt Pickleball Club 

Achievements

SILVER - Women's Doubles 4.0

Kamloops Open - May 2019

GOLD - Ladies Doubles 4.0

GOLD - Mixed Doubles 4.0 

> Arena Bowl Challenge - 2018 & 2019 

BRONZE - Mixed 4.0 55+

> Palm Desert 55+ Games -  Feb 2018 

BIO

Lin is now a happily retired clinical dietitian & has taught many nutrition related clinics/programs (CVD, Diabetes, Kidney clinics & other) in her awesome career.
She started playing pickleball in 2014 in Sechelt, BC when K. Renfrew brought the fun game to the Sunshine Coast (from California). Pickleball grew from there on the Coast!


Lin has played many sports, some at a competitive level. Swimming, ice hockey, running, mountain biking, racquetball, squash and has had year’s of motorcycling; she loves all sports. A motorcycle accident damaged her right knee in 2010; but her knee braces have allowed her to play competitive pickleball!
Lin has been on Sunshine Coast Pickleball Association board of directors since 2014 & enjoys being part of SCPA team. She is involved in coaching & teaching various clinics, is a team member for the ratings committee and assists with SCPA tournaments.


Lin is a very big fan of Manta paddles and especially loves the Manta Cobra paddle. 

Lisa Smith

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Since 2018

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

Club: Ottawa Pickleball Association 

Achievements

GOLD - Ladies 4.0 Doubles 

> Ottawa Members Madness - Dec 10, 2018

BIO

I have enjoyed playing pickleball for 5 years now but only seriously in the last 2 years where I started entering tournaments.  I was one of the original Ottawa players and have watched it grow to its 300+ members now.  I hope to continue to grow and play a higher level and eventually retire playing pickleball in a warmer climate year round.  

Luc Germain

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Manta Pro Team

Since 2018

Paddle: Cobra 2G - (Canada Red)

Club: Ottawa Pickleball Association (OPA)

Achievements

GOLD - Doubles 4.0

> Ottawa Pickleball Members’ Madness Tournament , December 3, 2018

BRONZE - 4.5 Mixed Doubles

> Tournois annuel de Magog, October 7, 2018

SILVER - 4.0 Doubles 

> Sun City Mesquite Pickleball Club Third Annual Round Robin Fall Classic October 24, 2018

BIO

Now that I've recently retired, I aspire to travel to play and teach pickleball for a long time and I want to bring my game to the next level.