The Invermere Pickleball Club hosted a tournament recently as part of a province-wide event raising funds for the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS). 

PADS provides service for people with disabilities and veterans and first responders with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They also place dogs with professionals in victim services, health care, counselling, and education sectors to support vulnerable children and adults.

The Paddles For PADS tournament was a great success with players coming from Golden, Radium, Edgewater, Calgary and Chilliwack.

The day was jam packed with pickleball and also included an online auction and 50/50 draw. In total, approximately $5,000 dollars was raised for PADS.

“A huge thank you to all the players who showed up for the event and to all the amazing businesses in our area who donated to our online auction. We have the best community,” said Lisa McIntosh, president of the Invermere Pickleball Club.

“It was so fun to have players from so many different centres. Lots of laughs were had and we learned a lot about the work of PADS.”

PAD’s trainer Chelsea Kovacs and her charge ‘Crumpet’ were on hand for the day mingling with the players and educating everyone on the work PADS does.