January 2, 2012

Jim Hackenberg's Comments on 2011 USAPA Nationals

Congratulations to ALL the picklers who participated in 2011 USAPA Nationals held November 7 – 13, 2011 at the Sun City Festival, AZ. Enjoy these comments by national champion Jim Hackenberg, reprinted from the January 2012 USAPA e-pickleball newsletter:

This was the third consecutive year Yvonne and I played in the USAPA Nationals. It's a highlight of the year for us, reuniting with many wonderful friends and experiencing the excellent competition. However, 2011 was quite different in one respect – the weather! In 2009 we came to Buckeye straight from Michigan, unprepared for the 90+ degree heat. Even though this year the temperatures weren't as hot as 2009, it was still a warm one by Michigan standards, so we came early to acclimate.
We spent October in St. George, Utah, playing pickleball, so we were ready for the Arizona heat; "bring it on - we are prepared." Turns out, we weren't so prepared after all – we forgot to pack our thermal underwear! The high winds and cool weather were a stark contrast to the previous two years, but everything else was the same; another well-organized tournament, great volunteers, great venue, great people and outstanding play. We'll be back in 2012 and ready for anything, including the weather!

Jim, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, played Men’s Doubles 60+ (Silver medal), Mixed Doubles 60+ (Gold medal), Men’s Singles 60+ (Silver medal), Open Men’s Doubles and Open Mixed Doubles.

Note: Yvonne won GOLD with Jim in Mixed Doubles 60+ and won GOLD in Women's Doubles 60+.