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Pickleball picks up on Tablelands

Pickleball is a sport that has taken Australia by storm and is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, with a come and try day being hosted in Malanda come March.

Pickleball is a paddle sport that was created using aspects of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong, culminating in a sport that can cater to all ages and skill levels.

The sport can be played on both an inside and an outside court, with doubles or singles being forms of play.

Frances Pelgrave, a 76yr old Tableland local is heading up a come and try day for the sport and encourages people to come and try a sport they may fall in love with.

“We are just trying to get the sport up and going on the Tablelands,” she said.

“It’s a good chance for people to come and try something new that the whole family can enjoy.

“It is a non-competitive sport that we play on an inside court which is important in the tropics.”

The games can last between 10-12 minutes, with three sessions being offered on the come and try day.

A come and try day for Pickleball is being held at the Malanda State High School on Saturday March 7, all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Starting at 10am the sessions run until 2 with a break at lunch.

The sessions will include teaching and games supervised by coaches and players from Cairns.

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