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Chong Lee Ping & Chen Xiao Hong in action during the Singapore National Games 2018 Pickleball Tournament, Individual Intermediate Open Women's Doubles Round Robin at Jurong West Sports Centre  on July 29th. Photo by Dyan Tjhia/SportSG news

Pickleball debuts at the Singapore National Games

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Large table tennis paddles, on a tennis court, played with a floorball ball?

Casual observers may find themselves confused when watching a match of pickleball in action. This relatively new sport owes it’s history to American politician, Joel Pritchard, after fashioning an improvised and unique version of badminton (due to missing shuttlecocks) in 1965. Make no mistake, pickleball is it’s own distinct sport.

Introduced to Singapore in 1998, the sport found itself played amongst a small community of players. The growing number of community clubs adopting the sport as a regular weekly fixture is testament to it’s ability to foster community spirit.

This year, Pickleball was finally recognised and introduced into the 2018 Singapore National Games as part of GetActive! Singapore. Spanning two weekends, the first set of matches happened last weekend on 28 and 29 July at Jurong West Sports Centre (Individual Doubles Games).

The results are as follows:

 

Individual Novice Women’s Doubles

  • 1st: Ong Yock Eng | Teo Quee La
  • 2nd: Cheng Pui Sze | Poh Soon Hiok
  • 3rd: Lim Lay Cheng | Lai Suet Ling

 

Individual Intermediate Women’s Doubles

  • 1st: Kee Mui Joo | Tan Puey Kheng
  • 2nd: Lynn Lim | Cheng Lee Keng Lily
  • 3rd: Wai Kun Fong | Ler Lee Ai Cynthia

 

Individual (Open) Advanced Women’s Doubles

  • 1st: Kok Yoke Kheng | Ong Lay Yong
  • 2nd: Ng Lay Hwa | Law Choh Ing
  • 3rd: Tan Guat Sia | Law Hee Yen

 

Individual (Master) Advanced Women’s Doubles

  • 1st: Cao XiaoJu | Serene Toh
  • 2nd: Law Siew Kim | Wong Oi Yen
  • 3rd: Wong Woi Nyek | Yong Chaw Yin Elaine

 

Individual Novice Men’s Doubles

  • 1st: Kelvin Low | Cheng Leng
  • 2nd: Tian Siak Chew | Brendan Boey Jen-Yu
  • 3rd: Calvin The Kok Teng | Darryl Kwok Bing Heng

 

Individual Intermediate Men’s Doubles

  • 1st: Hari Mohan Chaturvedi | Jong Kiam Khin
  • 2nd: Tan Lai Choon | Tommy Lim Chin San
  • 3rd: Lim Ben Tah | Quek Yong Kiang Steven

 

Individual (Open) Advanced Men’s Doubles

  • 1st: Chong Siew Tan | Chin Soo Nam
  • 2nd: How Kian Huat | Wai Yuen Shaun Chan
  • 3rd: Chua Peng Keow | Johnny Choo

 

Individual (Master) Advanced Men’s Doubles

  • 1st: Tham Kok Hong | Loh Kia Liang
  • 2nd: Ho Kai Wai | Ong Boon Piyan
  • 3rd: Lye Sun Sang | Charlie Teo

 

Individual Novice Mixed Doubles

  • 1st: Tan Siak Chew | Ong Yock Eng
  • 2nd: Darryl Kwok Bing Heng | Lim Chiew Sia
  • 3rd: Lee Khim Nguan | Teo Quee La

 

Individual (Open) Advanced Mixed Doubles
  • 1st: Chong Siew Tan | Ong Lay Yong
  • 2nd: Pua Chee Seng | Pini Lee
  • 3rd: How Kian Huat | Koh Lay Peng

 

Individual (Master) Advanced Mixed Doubles
  • 1st: Tham Kok Hong | Wong Qi Yen
  • 2nd: Charlie Teo | Heu Choon Pong
  • 3rd: Lim Boon Hong | Yeo Siew Kim

 

Individual Intermediate Mixed Doubles
  • 1st: Chong Kian Seang | Joan Chong
  • 2nd: Tan Lai Choon | Ann Loo
  • 3rd: Jack Boh Chen Leung | Jane Onn York Lan

 

 

This coming weekend will feature the Team Zone Games starting from 9am on both days at Jurong West Sports Centre. Here are some of the highlights from the past weekend:

Wai Kun Fong & Cynthia Ler Lee Ai in action during the Singapore National Games 2018 Pickleball Tournament, Individual Intermediate Open Women's Doubles Round Robin at Jurong West Sports Centre  on July 29. Photo by Dyan Tjhia/SportSGWai Kun Fong & Cynthia Ler Lee Ai in action during the Singapore National Games 2018 Pickleball Tournament, Individual Intermediate Open Women's Doubles Round Robin at Jurong West Sports Centre  on July 29. Photo by Dyan Tjhia/SportSG 

Calvin The Kok Teng & Darryl Kwok Bing Heng in action during the Singapore National Games 2018 Pickleball Tournament, Individual Novice Open Men's Doubles Finals at Jurong West Sports Centre  on July 29. Photo by Dyan Tjhia/SportSGCalvin The Kok Teng & Darryl Kwok Bing Heng in action during the Singapore National Games 2018 Pickleball Tournament, Individual Novice Open Men's Doubles Finals at Jurong West Sports Centre  on July 29. Photo by Dyan Tjhia/SportSG 

Participants of Singapore National Games 2018 Pickleball Tournament, Individual Intermediate Men's Doubles Finals at Jurong West Sports Centre  on July 29. Photo by Dyan Tjhia/SportSGParticipants of Singapore National Games 2018 Pickleball Tournament, Individual Intermediate Men's Doubles Finals at Jurong West Sports Centre  on July 29. Photo by Dyan Tjhia/SportSG 

Pickle Ball - Kelvin Low (Red Tee) & Cheng Leng beat Calvin Teh & Daryl Kwok in GetActive! Singapore National Games 2018 held in Jurong West Stadium on 29 July. Photo by Victor Lim/SportSGKelvin Low (Red Tee) & Cheng Leng beat Calvin Teh & Daryl Kwok in GetActive! Singapore National Games 2018 held in Jurong West Stadium on 29 July. Photo by Victor Lim/SportSG 

Pickle Ball - Tan Kian Soon & Eric Chin N.H. lost 3-15 to Kelvin Low & Cheng Leng in GetActive! Singapore National Games 2018 held in Jurong West Stadium on 29 July. Photo by Victor Lim/SportSGTan Kian Soon & Eric Chin N.H. lost 3-15 to Kelvin Low & Cheng Leng in GetActive! Singapore National Games 2018 held in Jurong West Stadium on 29 July. Photo by Victor Lim/SportSG

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