SILVER - Men’s Singles 5.0 60-64 A
> Huntsmen World Sport Senior Championships - St George UT
GOLD - Men’s Doubles 5.0 50+
BRONZE - Men’s Doubles 5.0
> Eastern Canadian Pickleball Championships
SILVER - Men’s doubles 5.0
> Red Deer Open
BRONZE - Men's Doubles 5.0 60+
> Fun in the Sun
Hi there my name is Mike Cooper and I am a retired educator. I discovered pickleball while on vacation in Arizona…and now I am totally addicted!! At my first Canadian Nationals in 2014 while using the Manta Destiny Pro 4G paddle, I won a gold in 4.0 singles and silver in men’s doubles. After that I approached Manta about becoming part of their team. Since then I have moved up to 5.0 in 2017 and am using the Cobra 2G for singles and the Nexus 2G and Nitro 2G for doubles. I love these paddles great control and power!
Besides playing pickleball, I also teach and coach pickleball across the province of Alberta and throughout Canada. I think it is important to also give back to the sport so have volunteered with Pickleball Canada as Tournament Director, Director with Pickleball Alberta, Vice President Parkland Pickleheads, Tournament Director Alberta Provincial Championships/Summer Smash and recently joined the International Pickleball Teachers Professional Association (IPTPA) as a Director and Master Teacher. Yup life is good and pickleball is growing fast in Alberta and across Canada. I am looking forward to my new position as Sponsorship Coordinator for Manta…the best pickleball company in Canada with the best paddles!!
Paddle: Extreme Point .5 2G - Custom
Edson Pickleball Club, Edson AB
Parkland Pickleheads, Spruce Grove AB
SILVER - Men’s doubles 3.5
> Edmonton AB Pickleball Club 2018 Winter Classic
BRONZE - Mixed doubles 3.5
> Alberta Provincial Championship Summer Smash 2018, Spruce Grove AB
GOLD - Men’s Singles 3.0
SILVER - Mixed doubles 3.0
> Alberta Provincial Championship September smash 2017, Spruce Grove AB
SILVER - Men's Singles 3.0
GOLD - Mixed doubles 3.0
> Red Deer AB open , August 11-13 2017
I was introduced to pickleball from my in-laws in 2014. As soon as I played, I was hooked! I joined the Edson Pickleball club and haven’t looked back. As a mentor in our club, I have had the opportunity to introduce the game to both adults and youth in our community. I love challenging and encouraging everyone to improve their games. Pickleball has allowed me to meet lots of new people and form phenomenal friendships. My upcoming goals is to improve my rating and skill.
Paddle: Cobra 2G - Canada Red
Ottawa Pickleball Association, Ontario
East Naples Community Park, Florida
GOLD - Gold Men's Doubles 4.0 Age 16+
GOLD - Gold Mixed Doubles 4.0 Age 16+
> PB Sport Pickleball Tournament, Magog QC, March 2019
SILVER - Men's Doubles 50+
> Limestone Classic, Kingston ON, February 2019
I played competitive sports throughout my entire life, including racquetball and squash. I started playing pickleball 3 years ago and fell in love with the game. I started playing tournaments about 2 years ago and with a little bit of success realized that my competitive drive never went away!! My game has grown since then with success at a higher level. While I am always looking for ways to improve my game and become more competitive, I also appreciate the sense of community that surrounds the game of pickleball. I am a proud member and volunteer with the Ottawa Pickleball Association, a strong and growing organization that provides lots of opportunity for play and skills development in the Ottawa Region.
BRONZE - Men’s Singles 3.0 (55-59)
> Huntsman Pickleball Senior Games, St George UT, October 2018
GOLD - Men's Singles 3.0
> Red Deer Open, Red Deer AB, August 2018
GOLD - Men's Doubles 3.5 50+
> Show Down in the Hat, Medicine Hat AB, July 2018
BRONZE - Men's Doubles 3.5
BRONZE - Mixed Doubles 3.5
> USAPA Mountain Regional Sport Tournament, April 2018, St George UT
In 2012 I broke my leg in Mexico, I had 14 breaks from the knee down to the toes( hence the socks ) As I was in recovery, I saw a clip on Global News about pickleball, I asked for a paddle for Christmas that year, in the fall of 2014 played my first game of pickleball in Gull Lake, Alberta. Since then I have completed my level 2 IPTPA coaching and enjoy giving back to pickleball through traching.
My favorite is competing in outdoor tournaments, and hanging with my wife ( Kay) meeting so many nice people on and off the pickleball courts. My long term goal is to medal out in singles at 80.