Sunday, October 13, 2013

Asheville area pickleball enthusiasts include champion, October 11, 2013, Ashville, NC

ASHEVILLE — Paul Coletta, 62, of Hendersonville, came away from the National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio, this year with gold, silver and bronze medals in different categories, but his chosen sport is one most people may never have heard of: pickleball.

Pickleball is played with hard paddles, similar to ping pong paddles, on a court the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court and with a net similar to a tennis net, but 2 inches lower. The ball is a essentially a small wiffle ball.

About a dozen players show up three mornings a week to play pickleball at the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center at 30 George Washington Carver Ave. in Asheville, which also recently added a Monday night pickleball time. Other games occur regularly in Hendersonville, Waynesville and Brevard.

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