NM Senior Olympics

Congratulations to all the Albuquerque and surrounding area players in the NM Senior Olympics pickleball competition held in Roswell on July 17&18. Results will be posted here when they become available from the NMSO offices.

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New Mexico dealer for Paddletek pickleball paddles

Richie Spangler has just become the New Mexico dealer for Paddletek pickleball paddles and has opened Pickleball Pro as his business. His website is www.pickleballpro.us, business e-mail is pickleballpro.us@gmail.com, and business phone number is 505-898-5262. He will always have his Paddletek demo paddles with him if you see him out on the courts and want to give one a try. Richie is offering a 5% ABQ Pickelball Club discount and will make a 5% donation to the Club for any purchases made.

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Los Altos Pickleball

Good news from hard-working ABQ Pickleball Club committees:

Two of the committees formed by the ABQ Pickleball Club Board have been focussed on play at Los Altos. Due to the short remaining time that Los Altos will be active, much of their work and organization has to be done earlier than the other committees to have recommendations at the next board meeting.

The results are as follows:

1. The committee on expanding pickleball through open houses at Los Altos has gotten the concurrance of the city to reserve the Los Altos courts for pickleball on the mornings of September 13th and 14th. More information will follow, but the intent is to continue our weekend play, but have courts and trainers available for new folk. Encourage your non-pickleball friends to come. Please contact Gary Rutherford, ruthergary@aol.com, with suggestions or comments.

2. Committee for including less experienced players at Los Altos: For those who would like to play outdoors at Los Altos on Saturday and Sunday mornings, we will set up 1-2 nets specifically for those level of players. We will have at least one person to assist with play and answer questions about rules or play in general.

This will take place on Sat. July 26th, Sun. July 27th, Sat. Aug. 2nd, and Sun. Aug 3rd.

The following steps will be taken:

1. Set up one or two nets and mark them so all will see they are for 2.0 -3.0 level players.

2. Put up a temporary white board Saturday morning from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. List the coordinators available who have volunteered to help newcomers and those just getting started feel comfortable playing at Los Altos. (1/2 hr time blocks)

3. Those interested in lessons on fundamentals can sign up for the following week (name, telephone number, and email) and will be contacted. Those interested in regular lessons at other times can contact Ray and Renee Padilla or check the ABQpickleball.com website.

4. Please provide feedback to Larry Lite via this form:

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Durango Doubles Tournament

Here are the results from the Durango Doubles Tournament Competitive Division. Congratulations to all the medalists and participants. We heard that the competition was tough and it was a great tournament.

Women’s Doubles Competitive Division (3.5+) Medalists
Gold: Connie Guillory & Sydney Hayes of Montrose & Glenwood Springs, CO
Silver: Sandy Salm & Susan Atzman of Albuquerque, NM & Bayfield, CO
Bronze: Judy Aron & Linda Valencia of Albuquerque, NM

Men’s Doubles Competitive Division (3.5+) Medalists
Gold: BJ & Bob Leininger of Pagosa Springs & Durango, CO
Silver: Joe Archuleta & Elijah Dee of Farmington & Albuquerque, NM
Bronze: Randy Mason & Gabe Mason of Farmington, NM

Mixed Doubles Competitive Division (3.5+) Medalists
Gold: Larry Gallagher & Connie Guillory of Ridgeway & Montrose, CO
Silver: Rick Hooker & Debra Davis of Angel Fire, NM
Bronze: Lou Salm & Sandy Salm of Albuquerque, NM

Also from ABQ, Dennis Runyan, Gary Rutherford, Ray Thomas, Karen and Bruce Nesbitt

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Roosevelt Pickleball

Roosevelt Middle School will be closed from July 21-Aug1 for waxing and school activities.

Morning play (9 am – Noon) will resume on August 4, 6 and 8 only.

Regularly scheduled evening and weekend play will resume August 5 unless weather allows playing at Los Altos.

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NM Senior Olympics

We just got back from our NM Senior Olympics in Roswell, medals in hand. The pickleball games were held in Godfrey Center on the NMMI campus, and competitors were there from all over the state. Great play, great fun for all despite a few glitches. Thanks to the coordinators and volunteers, to the NM Senior Olympics staff, and to all the players and spectators. Thanks to the city of Roswell, which welcomed the Senior Olympics with hospitality and warmth.



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Donate Unused Equipment

Do you have paddles you don’t use anymore? Portable nets you stored in the garage and don’t need? The Albuquerque Pickleball Club is affiliated with the NM Senior Sports Foundation (501.c.3), and because of this affiliation you can make equipment or cash donations and deduct them at income tax time.

If you wish to donate anything to the Club, just take it to your venue coordinator, or to any member of the Albuquerque Pickleball Club Board. Your donation will be put to good use by the Club to promote pickleball in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. Be sure to mention if you need a receipt for the donation, and one will be provided to you by the Club.ball



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