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Pickleball Hamilton has our own First Family of Pickleball.

In our Sept. 2015 issue, Linda Kawamoto was our Player Profile.

In her profile, Linda explained how much her family was enjoying

pickleball; well it certainly showed this past week-end in London

as the Kawamoto family brought home 6 medals.

Marilyn Prowse and Jessica Kawamoto won a bronze in women's 4.0. In 4.0 men’s doubles, Cam Taylor and Matthew Kawamoto won all their round robin and play-off games except the gold medal game losing the third game by 2 points and thus claiming the silver medal. (see related story page 2). Ron Vloothuis and John Sullivan won their pool and advanced to the next round but were upset before making the medal round. John Boyle and Gary Davies had a tough pool  but played well as did Ray Munro. Ellen and Linda Kawamoto won a bronze medal in the 3.5 ladies’ doubles. Ellen and Matthew Kawamoto were undefeated winning the gold medal for 3.5 mixed doubles. James Turner and Linda Kawamoto had fun playing 3.5 mixed making it to the play offs but got knocked out by the silver medal winners. Matthew and Jessica Kawamoto  lost some close matches in the open mixed doubles but played extremely well.        

Marilyn and Gary Davies played well in 4.0 mixed doubles. Rick and Valentyna played well in the 3.5 mixed pool round robin and advanced to the pool winner’s bracket but couldn’t reach the medal round. Valentyna teamed up with Carla Black and improved in every game they played during the 3.5 round robin and had great fun. In 3.5 Men’s Doubles, the teams of Jim Black/James Turner and Steve Sztricsko/Rick Stevens played well. Rick and Steve were undefeated in round robin play but lost out in the quarter finals. Jim and James made it to the bronze medal game but came up just short, finishing fourth overall.