GB Pickleball player Sheena Maclean-Bell returns from the US Open bearing SILVER for the Women’s age bracket 35+.
Sheena paired with US talent from Pennsylvania, Amanda Karli to win the silver making British history as the first Female to win a medal in this age category.
“The US Open was a tough tournament with immense skill level, to bring home a silver and to make history is proof that hard work does pay off, as a Director of GB Pickleball we are championing the sport across the UK in schools, colleges, universities (with the first university in Europe to open 4 pickleball courts this week, Canterbury Christ Church University as a result of my mixed doubles partner David Wood) leisure centres and community settings, we are now discussing our strategic plan with government, are being supported by Sport England and have discussions planned in Amsterdam at the end of May with our European counterparts to further drive the sport supporting our ambitious plans both across the UK and Europe. We are excited about the future of Pickleball and are now planning how we can contain the supply and demand model we are now seeing”
Sheena was joined by fellow Brit, Ian Medhurst of Oxford on the winners podium as Ian brings back Silver for the Mens 70-75 singles.
The US Open, the largest tournament in the world was a melting pot of skill and players from all over the globe, the youngest player (winning Bronze) was just 12 and the oldest an Octogenarian. The event was expertly planned with over 800 Athletes, 700 matches per day on 49 state of the art Decoturf courts, installed by a family run team of British court building specialists from Mor Sports Group. The team lay claim to designing and building a range of court surfaces including the clay courts at Wimbledon as well as becoming renowned for Pickleball Court construction across the USA the team are now looking at the UK and European Market to supply courts for a growing number of clients.