Provincial 2018

So Day 2 is almost done…Yay!  Over 200 matches were played and the energy has high and positive attitudes were everywhere.

If you thought today was busy tighten your laces because tomorrow is the grand finale with 15 divisions to compete and the highest number of daily competitors on site.

Congratulations goes out to Mike Ellis of Waterloo for winning the Vendor Passport Draw.  Way to go!  Hopefully a number of you are currently attending the PAO Social at the St. Louis Bar & Grill.  Great prizes donated by Selkirk and Pickleball Depot.

Michelle Graham, our official photographer, has been taking loads of photos.  If you would to see them, head over to her website:

See you all on Sunday Sunday Sunday!


Update on the end of Day 1:

We have now completed our first day of the Tournament, and a big congratulations to all of our winners and participants.

A special congratulations to Rosemary Feiler, winner of our Vendors Passport raffle draw.  She won an Apex Edge pickleball  racquet from Pickleball Depot and six ONIX balls.   Be certain to visit our vendors tomorrow on the Gym 4 stage for another chance for a raffle prize.  While you are there be certain to catch some exciting medal matches.  Good luck to all players tomorrow and Sunday.

Also, just a reminder that the final draws with possible corrections are posted on the wall.


Update on September 14:  Welcome to Day 1 of the Tournament.

You can find today’s bracket either via the Pickleball Tournament Software (see screenshot below).  or here

Update on September 7: The following are the schedules, approximate start times, and gym allocations for the tournament.  We will be running 9 events on Friday, 12 on Saturday, and 15 on Sunday.  In order to ensure all 300+ players will have 4 games minimum for each event and with a total of 36 events, the schedulers are doing their best to make everything fits together.  If necessary, any corrections to the schedules will be made and posted here and the website. Thanks.

Friday Schedule (time + gym)

Saturday Schedule (time + gym)

Sunday Schedule (time + gym)

Communique # 4 [posted on August 22/23]

Hello Players!

Pickleball continues to enjoy a surge in popularity and participation. As much as that speaks well to all the individuals who are finding the game to be rewarding on multiple levels, the ceiling on that growth would be low if not for all the Sponsors who have joined in your enthusiasm with their attention to clubs, tournaments, clinics, equipment development, and so forth. As a result, both Pickleball and our 2018 Provincials are the better, because our Sponsors invest in the game. Help recognize our Sponsors’ contributions by being aware of who the Sponsors are and, whenever possible, consider their services and products.

The Tournament Committee for the 2018 PAO Championships says –


for helping us provide a positive Pickleball experience for our participants!

Please note that on our website the Rules and Regulations page has been updated to comply with IFP rules.

Your Tournament Organizing Committee


Communique # 3 [posted on August 18]

Hello players!

We are getting very excited with the Provincials tournament fast approaching, September 14-16th, with over 300 competitors!  Please note – there are a few updates for you to know about.

The registration is now closed, but you can still go online for a last chance to pre-order shirts by August 27th for $20.  A very limited number of shirts may be available at the tournament for $25.

Also, it is important to keep posted for email updates, especially during the week of August 20th, as we sort out waitlists, event divisions, expansions and combinations.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Once that is done, the Scheduling Committee can outline all three days of play and send out notification of completion of all draws. This will happen in the first week of September.

New – We are following the IFP rules.

Finally, keep in mind that a Social is being planned for the evening of Saturday, September 15th with support from our sponsors.

Your Tournament Organizing Committee


Communique #2 [posted on August 14th]

To All Prospective 2018 Provincial Tournament Players,

The registration totals are coming down to a crunch.  Your Provincials Committee continues to work through the completed and incomplete registrations interests for this Septembers tournament.  The Committee will be required to make player adjustments to accommodate divisions of play.

There are still a small amount of outstanding accounts (fee’s to be paid)  prior to August 17th.   Partners / Players – Please consult with each other to ensure you have completed your registration and payment.  If you are unsure about your payment status please send an email to for confirmation.  Unpaid accounts may be removed after this date and added to the waitlist.  This includes players without partners.

Thanks to all those that have completed your registration.  Anticipate additional Tournament communications later this week.  We are exactly 1 month and counting!

Tournament Organizing Committee

Communique #1 [posted on July 23rd]
Hello everyone, and welcome to the 2018 Provincials!
If you have not already done so, this is your first gentle reminder to (1) finish your registration and (2) make sure you are a member of the PAO.  Also, if you have a partner who has not yet registered fully, please inform them to complete this task as they may not be receiving this email message.  Thanks for your help and cooperation!
There are further announcements being sent out from the tournament organizing committee, via the PAO membership list.
Please make sure you do not miss any of these important messages. One is coming very soon.
Stay tuned,
Your tournament organizing committee.
Please use this link to register with the PAO:
(Note – Some of you may have already received this message. Our apologies, as the program timed-out before all emails were sent)


Fellow Pickleball enthusiasts,

On behalf of Waterloo Ontario, our Host Tournament Committee welcomes you to the Heart of Mennonite Country and the home of the 2018 Provincial Pickleball Championships!

Pickleball continues to expand and cast its luring impact on players locally, provincially, nationally and internationally and these 2018 PAO Championships push forward as a concerted effort for the continued advancement of Pickleball and spirited competition.  Your 2018 host Committee is comprised of highly skilled and knowledgeable sport professionals who are planning and preparing on your behalf, using their experience and passion to take this rising sport to the next level.

We wish all competitors safe travels to and from our Region. And while here, we encourage you to take in the many experiences our Region offers beyond Pickleball to round out what will be a fabulous tournament weekend.  We look forward to meeting you in Waterloo!

Yours in Pickleball,

Fiona MacGregor & Jim Zuber

Co-Chairs, 2018 PAO Provincial Championships