From Lawana Johnson
Dick Johnson, Chris Given, and Tim Gleason recently competed in the world famous Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Huntsman is the world’s largest annual multi-sports event for senior athletes…and, this year topped its impressive past with a record 11,000 athletes from 40 countries competing in around 40 sports. Over the years, 80 different countries have competed for world championship medals. Because it was the big event’s 30th Anniversary, many special activities were enjoyed by our Idaho players, along with the usual Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Athletes’ Village, Parade of Athletes, Olympic Flame, banquets, celebrity entertainment, fireworks, sky divers, comprehensive athlete health screenings, etc.
We can all be proud that Pickle Ball again demonstrated its explosive growth by its registration for the tourney filling up in the first 27 minutes last Spring! And, by its 675 players being the 2nd largest number of competitors of all 40 sports!
Our World Champion is Dick Johnson, who brought home a Silver Medal and two Gold Medals in 75 Singles, Mixed Doubles and Mens Doubles, with his partners, Gail Brown from Florida, and Del Root from Washington, respectively. And, Chris Given won a Bronze Medal in 3.5 65-9 Mens Doubles with his partner, Scott Risinger, from Utah.