2018 Montana Senior Olympics Summer Games
June 14 - 16, 2018
Congratulations to our VO residents who played!
Frank Rust Gold MD Gold Mixed
Margaret Clark Gold WD Gold Mixed
Kim Kiernan Silver WD
Karen Holcomb Gold WD Gold Mixed
Ruth Havican Gold WD
Mike Creighton Gold Mixed
Steve Powell Silver MD
Donna Hunter Gold WD
DICK JOHNSON MEDALS AT THE STATE GAMES OF AMERICA
August 11, 2017
Over 12,000 athletes competed in August in 50 sports at the State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The spectacular Olympic-style event is one of the largest and most competitive multi-sport events in the world. Athletes of all ages, including former Olympians & other world class athletes, previously qualified by medaling in State and Canadian province competitions. Similar to the Olympics, special activities included Opening Ceremonies, Parade of Athletes, torch lighting, Athletes Village, celebrities, entertainment, & fireworks.
Over 700 top pickleball players competed in this big event, which is considered one of the sport’s majors, especially because players have to qualify to be invited. Some also enjoyed clinics conducted by Dave Weimbach, US Open & National Pro Champion, who also competed and took home Gold.
BAPA and Boise Pickleball Club member, Dick Johnson, brought home a Gold medal in 75 Men’s Doubles, a Silver in Singles, and 4th Place in Mixed Doubles. Dick found the tourney larger and tougher than 2 years ago where he took 3 Golds. Because Idaho does not have a state SGA tournament, Dick qualified by winning 5 Golds in the tough Arizona SGA the past 3 years.
Nevertheless, he was very proud to be Idaho’s Flag Bearer in the huge Parade of Athletes who took an hour to march into the large arena filled with thousands of spectators.
Kelowna B.C. Tournament
Beth G & Carol W
Nationals in Robson Ranch
Several Venture Out Pickleball Club members traveled to Bend, Oregon last week for the Oregon Sr. Games at the impressive new 16 court complex of the Bend Pickleball Club. It sits in a beautiful grass and forested park, with the peaks of the snow-covered Sisters mountain range in the background. They also enjoyed a delicious steak BBQ awards party and entertainment, beneath the breathtaking cliffside canyon and rushing waters of the Deschutes River. The 3-day tourney was large and tough with players from 10 states and Canada.
Gold 75+ Mens Singles Bob Robillard defeated Dick Johnson, who took Silver. Their final match was really fun between the teacher and student, as Bob had given Dick his first pickleball lesson 3 years ago at V.O. Earlier this year, Bob and Dick had teamed up to win Mens Doubles in the Arizona Grand Canyon State Games
Silver 75 Mens Doubles Bob Robillard & his partner, Yim Lee
Gold 70-75 Mens Doubles Dick Johnson & his Boise partner, Tim Gleason, successfully defended this title that they had also won last year
Gold 70 Mixed Doubles Dick Johnson and his partner, Betty Silver, also 75, played down against younger players to win this large and tough bracket.
Bronze 50-54 Mixed Doubles Debbie and Wayne Fackerell
Top: 2013 V.O. E. Valley: Gold for Dick Johnson & Gordy Abar; Silver for Gary Johnson &
Wayne Thorson; Bronze for Ewald Kunstle & Dave Kalyn
Middle Right: 2014 Happy Trails Classic: Silver for Lynn Chileros & Dick Johnson
Middle Left: 2014 Mission Royale: Bronze for Gordy Abar & Dick Johnson
Bottom Left: 2014 V.O. All City: Silver for Gloria Leach & Dick Johnson
Bottom Right: 2014 Mission Royale: Silver for Margaret Clark & Dick Johnson
2013 Idaho Senior Games Medals for Dick Johnson:
Pickle Ball: Gold in Singles & Mens' Doubles & Bronze in Mixed Doubles
Tennis: Gold in Mens' Doubles & Mixed Doubles
Table Tennis: Gold in Singles, Mens' Doubles, & Mixed Doubles
Note the "huge" tennis racquet (smaller than the pickle ball paddle!) It was the same racquet Dick used over 2 decades ago to win his last Idaho State Tennis Championship before having to quit the game due to a back spinal fusion. Prior to that he had won
many state & regional championships in every decade since he was 14 years old.
The girls are from left to right: Carolyn Graft , Penny Shook ( bronze), Raenelle Lees, Kathy Turner (gold), Leslie Vincent and Bev Inglish.(gold)
Third Annual Southwest Metro Pickleball Club’s Summer Pickleball Tournament
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Nancy & Gary Johnson
Mixed Doubles Champions
Lakewood Washington Senior Games
A note from Leo Touw:
"West Kelowna spring tournament" , Warren Edwards and Leo Touw won silver , and Anne Touw won Gold , both in the recreational division.
Paul and Brenda Ellis won Bronze in the Competitive division. It was a 2 day tournament.
Keep your eye on the ball, don't spill your wine,
Sun City-Del I & Paul E-Gold Medal
Happy Trails 28 January 2012
Cheyenne Wyoming Senior Olympics