Del. Senior Olympics annual pickleball tournament

Over 200 players from eight states recently competed in the Delaware Senior Olympics annual pickleball tournament at the Kent County Levy Court’s Recreation Center on New Burton Road in Dover.
Above, the singles gold-medal winners in their age brackets pose for a group photo: Back row, from left, Helen Henshaw, Georgia Billger and Boe Harris. Susan Brooker is seated.
The youngest age division was for 30-year-olds with players as old as 86 competing in the tourney. Dr. Bonnie Strang, 73, who received the Delaware Senior Olympics Outstanding Athlete of the Year award last year, squared off with Susan Brooker, 68, for the singles gold. Their match on Saturday lasted one hour and 30 minutes to play three games to 11. Brooker won the title, 11-4, 8-11, 12-10.
This past June over 30 Delawareans participated at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala. and brought home the gold in all the events while competing aginst against 900 picklers. Certified pickleball pro, Rocket Grubbs, held clinics in Sussex County at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown and also at the Rec Center. (Submitted photos)

Bonnie Strang and Susan Brooker meet at the net after their gold-medal match.

Diane Milam (left) and Pearl Morris took gold in the Women’s Doubles 55-59 age bracket.

Georgia Billger beat Helen Henshaw for the gold in singles.

Charlie Biddle and Lyn Casey competed in mixed doubles.



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