Mike Cooper

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Pickleball since 2014

Paddles: Extreme Point .5 2G & Cobra 2G

Sport Club: Parkland Pickleheads, Spruce Grove AB

Achievements

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 

BIO

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!!

Pamela Boutin

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Pickleball since 2017

Paddles: Fleur De Lis 4G  & Extreme Point .5 2G 

Sport Clubs: 

Parkland Pickleheads, Spruce Grove AB

The Paddle Room, Edmonton AB


Achievements

GOLD - 4.0+ Women's Doubles

>  The Paddles Room Jan Tournament - January 20, 2019 – St. Albert, AB 

GOLD - 4.0+ Women's Doubles

GOLD - 4.0+ Mixed Doubles

>  Winter Pickleball Classic at Royal Glenora -  December 27-29, 2018 – Edmonton, AB 

GOLD - 4.0+ Women's Doubles

SILVER - 4.0+ Mixed Doubles

>  The Paddle Room -  December 16, 2018

GOLD - 4.0+ Women's Doubles

> Westlock Fall Back -  November 3, 2018 – Westlock, AB

GOLD - 3.5 Women's Doubles 

SILVER - 4.0 Mixed Doubles 

> Alberta Provincials -  August 17-19, 2018

GOLD - 3.5 Women's Doubles

SILVER - 4.0 Mixed Doubles

> Red Deer Open -  August 10-12, 2018 

BRONZE - 3.5 Women's Doubles

> Sherwood Park Open,  July 20, 2018 – Sherwood Park, AB 

BIO

I discovered pickleball while in Mesa, AZ in 2015. I couldn’t understand the game and the score made no sense. Just the sound of the game early every morning drove me crazy. I was intrigued so, back home I took some lessons, even dragging my husband along. I instantly loved the game and quickly became addicted as it perfectly combined my love of sport and my competitive spirit. I have been playing since the spring of 2016 and, since winning a 3.0 silver medal in my very first tournament that summer, I have never looked back. Now when I venture back to Mesa and hear that familiar sound, instead of covering my ears, I grab my favourite Manta paddle and head out to the courts yelling “don’t start without me!!”


In 2018 I volunteered with the Parkland Pickleheads “Mentoring” program. In the fall I obtained my IPTPA Level 1 Certification and currently teach pickleball at the Trans-Alta Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove – a local multi-use facility. I also teach lessons and assist with programs at The Paddle Room in St. Albert – an awesomepickleball only dedicated indoor facility. My goal for 2019 is to improve my game; to participate inmany tournaments; and to pursue my Level 2 IPTPA Certification so I can continue to share my passion for pickleball with new players and ensure they have the basics they need as they begin their journey into the wild and wonderful world of the fastest growing sport in North America.

Randy Aslin

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Manta Pro Team

Since 2017

Paddle: Extreme Point .5 2G - Custom

Club: 

Edson Pickleball Club, Edson AB

Parkland Pickleheads, Spruce Grove AB

Achievements

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

BIO

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.

Randy Hewlett

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Manta Pro Team

Since 2019

Paddle: Cobra 2G - Canada Red

Club: 

Ottawa Pickleball Association, Ontario

East Naples Community Park, Florida 

Achievements

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

BIO

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. 

Rich Thul

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Manta Pro Team

Since 2018

Paddle: Nexus 2G & Extreme Point .5 2G 

Clubs: 

High River Pickleball Club, High River AB

Calgary Pickleball Club , Calgary AB

Red Deer Pickleball Club, Red Deer AB

Achievements

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


BIO

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.

Rose Sawatzky

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Manta Pro Team - Pickleball

Pickball since 2017

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

Sport Club: 

Achievements

GOLD - 3.5 35-50 Mixed Doubles

> Margaretville USA

GOLD - 4.0 19+ Doubles

GOLD - 4.0 19+ Mixed Doubles

> Grand Forks, MN

GOLD - 4.0 19+ Doubles

> Saskatoon Provincial Tournament 

GOLD - 4.0 19+ Doubles

SILVER - 4.0 19+ Mixed Doubles

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

GOLD - 4.0  19+ Doubles

GOLD - 4.0 19+ Mixed Doubles

> Pickleball Manitoba Tournament, Beausejour MB


BIO

I was bitten by the “Pickle Ball Bug” two years ago on a rainy day while on vacation.  I came home to find Pickle Ball well and thriving in my local community. Pretty soon, I was playing every chance I could and rapidly gained experience and improved my technique through countless hours of practice and drills.   

Over the past year (2018), I have worked hard to become a Level 1 IPTPA Instructor and have been invited to hold Pickleball clinics locally, and in neighbouring provinces. I love the enthusiasm I see in people’s eyes when they grasp the concept of the game and embrace it as their new hobby.  Not only is the sport a good workout but the social aspect is something I look forward to as well.  Wherever I go, I meet people who are so pumped about the game.