Pickleball in Queensland
"Connecting communities through a sport for life"
2010: Pickleball interest began and there is an indication that games started to be played with discovery of some email correspondence and old paddles on the Sunshine Coast.
2015: Pickleball began to seriously take hold, almost simultaneously, in three locations in Queensland. Cairns, Noosa and Caboolture (Halcyon Galdes).
2016: First purpose-built pickleball courts in Australia at Halcyon Glades (Caboolture). The influence led to the first inter-community competition as well as social playing sessions hosted at Noosa Tennis Centre.
2017: Numbers of pickleball players began to grow in Australia with the majority of them based in Queensland. Motivated individuals established the first incorporated pickleball association in Australia - The Pickleball Association of Australia Inc. - now renamed as the Pickleball Association of Queensland (PAQ)
2018: Queensland player numbers grew to well over 300. Clubs were established in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. The first national titles held in Sydney in October with 70 participants and Queensland players taking out the following Open titles: Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Men's Singles.
2019: Growth in player numbers across Queensland continued to escalate with well over 750 players regularly participating in pickleball sessions across the state. Noosa and Southern Downs both established incorporated clubs. Tournament-style events were run at various venues including the Brisbane Doubles Open. The Brisbane Pickleball Club hosted the Australian Pickleball Championships in October with 160 participants from 5 states.
2020: Numbers in Queensland are continuing to grow with interest developing in centres all over the state. This interest, and the establishment of the national body the Pickleball Australia Association Ltd., ignited the drive to create the Pickleball Association of Queensland Inc.
PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND
The Pickleball Association of Queensland (PAQ) established in March 2020 has affiliated with Pickleball Australia Association (PAA) and is now working hard to develop an effective structure to support the growth and development of pickleball across Queensland.
PAQ sees pickleball as a means to "connect communities through a sport for life". As an affiliate of PAA the central purpose of PAQ is the promotion, growth and development of the sport to assist with establishing Pickleball Australia Association as a recognised sporting organisation by 2023.
Integral to this is providing support to clubs, members, potential new venues, and players. A direct impact of success will be establishment of a low-impact physical activity for all ages and skill levels within a community, encouraging commmunity connections and a healthy lifestyle.
The Pickleball Association of Queensland Inc. recognised as the governing body for pickleball in Queensland
facilitating the growth of community connections through the playing of pickleball on permanently lined courts in all major population centres in Queensland.
To ensure the growth and development of pickleball across Queensland through a network of affiliated clubs and players. Provision of equipment, coaching, social and competitive play opportunities, and support with establishing local associations will facilitate this and assist with improving community connections.
The Pickleball Association of Queensland espouses a set of values which describe the SPIRIT in which the game is played and guides the way we grow and develop pickleball statewide.
Sportsmanship: Competition is encouraged and celebrated with respect for players, adherence to rules and the fun and laughter endemic in gameplay, central to successful performance.
Passion: for the game and growth of pickleball across Queensland.
Inclusivity: Access to the game for all ages, genders and ability levels, with attention to those who might be excluded or marginalised.
Responsibility: Our commitment to effectively guide the development of pickleball and our obligation to Queensland communities and our environment.
Integrity: Our commitment to best practice in governance, and an ethical approach to the development of pickleball and skill of its players.
Timely trailblazer: Our desire to lead the way in supporting community connections through establishment of pickleball, a game played for life.