Britain’s top pickleball player comes to Isle of Wight to coach


UK number one women’s pickleball player Thaddea Lock will come to the Isle of Wight to give some advanced players doubles and singles training.

Held the weekend of November 18-19, the practice event will take place at the West Wight Sports and Community Center in Freshwater.

The sport of pickleball has grown in popularity at the center, with over 50 participants.

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.

Two or four players use strong paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a “wiffle” ball, over a net.

London-based Lock, also one of Europe’s top players, discovered and started playing pickleball in 2018 while on vacation in the United States, and won multiple titles and won medals in women’s singles and doubles and in mixed doubles in various countries. .

“I am a passionate ambassador for the sport and try to do everything I can to help grow the sport in the UK and Europe,” said Lock, who runs coaching clinics across the UK. -United.

“I love pickleball. It gave me a new challenge and something to compete in after playing tennis professionally.

“I love the social side of sport and how inclusive and welcoming it is for everyone.”

The West Wight Sports and Community Center will also be hosting a Beginners Workshop, between 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9.

Led by experienced players, the workshop will cover the basics of pickleball – how to master the rules, develop your technique and build confidence on the court.

The center also organizes initiation sessions every Wednesday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., for those interested in getting into the game.


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