For those who are interested in the backgrounds of the present 2018/2019 Committee Members, we have put together some biographies for you.
Mark Jagger: Member at large Pickleball Addict; I love the game. I have now been playing for around four years. I first started to play the game in Thailand where I was introduced to it by good friends who are also crazy about the sport. Two years ago I was fortunate enough to meet Gabi and Lorraine back home in Australia. With lots of determination and hard work we started to create small groups of new Pickleball players. Today we have over five permanent sessions each week with regular beginners’ clinics. I am also a Level 1 IPTPA Instructor/Coach. In the future, I would love to see us playing on permanent Pickleball courts throughout all Qld and Australia.
Tony Morgan: Vice President PA NSW and member at large PAA. AlsoVice President of Badminton NSW, President of Hunter Badminton Inc., Subcommittee member running the Hunter Pickleball Club. I have played badminton for 25 years and my experience has lead me into administration roles. Over the years I have organized many competitions but my passion has always been coaching and sports development especially with beginners and juniors. The Pickleball bug? Yes, I have it now… I have only been playing Pickleball since November 2017 (less than a year), but once it was formally introduced to NSW, I play locally twice a week while helping to promote the Pickleball movement whenever I can. Together with Bob Mendelsohn, we ran NSW’s first-ever competition (a Sydney v Newcastle club competition) and more recently organized the first Australian Pickleball Nationals in October 2018 also in Sydney. Playing Pickleball has also allowed me to remain activity and competitive while being sidelined from badminton from a partially torn shoulder ligament injury.
Bob White: WA Coordinator My name is Bob White and I am the PAA’s Sports Development representative for Western Australia. I have been actively involved in competitive squash for over 40 years and have played social tennis and badminton on numerous occasions. I was first introduced to Pickleball in late 2015 during a visit to the United States to see my sister who lives in St George, UTAH. Her husband, Dave had just bought her a Pickleball set and we played a few games on one of St George’s outdoor courts. Prior to this, I had never even heard of the sport and had to google it to find out what this strange game was all about. But, as with most of us, I fell in love with the sport almost immediately and have been actively promoting it ever since. We have competitions running at various centers in Perth, and I would estimate participation to be in excess of 50 players. I have completed the IPTPA Level 1 Pickleball Instructors Course and use these skills to help introduce new players to the sport.
Bob Mendelsohn: President PAA, President PA NSW, Sydney Bob Mendelsohn began playing Pickleball in October 2016 in Kansas City (USA) at a neighborhood recreation center when he was back for a speaking tour. In less than a year, he set up the first Open Day in Sydney (November 2017). From there the game has been skyrocketing. Bob along with 6 others set up the PA of NSW, our first statewide association in June 2019. Bob is married to another KC expat, Patty, and they have three adult children and four grandsons. Bob has been overseeing the growth of the sport and is amazed at the generosity of the players and the venues all around Sydney. He looks forward to more growth as each week we get new venues or new players. He is a grateful man.