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In this episode, I talk with wheelchair Pickleball player Joe Dowling and tournament director Jim Loving.  Jim held the first regional Pickleball tournament with a wheelchair division and Joe was one of the participants.  Joe discusses why Pickleball is such a great sport for people with disabilities and the challenges in growing the sport for wheelchair players.

Show Notes

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Jim hosted the first USA regional Pickleball tournament with a wheelchair division
  • Joe’s participation in the regional tournament including the wheelchair division and combination wheelchair/stand up division
  • Joe’s decision to became a USA Pickleball Ambassador and how he put on a clinic to help other ambassadors learn what it is like to have wheelchair participation
  • Why Pickleball is such a great sport for people in wheelchairs
  • Joe’s work to promote the sport of Pickleball at rehabilitation hospitals
  • The challenges in facilities being able to accommodate wheelchair participants
  • Joe’s exhibition of wheelchair Pickleball at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
  • How rules are adapted for wheelchair participants and Joe’s plan to make some changes

Joe Dowling

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USA Pickleball Ambassadors

Myrtle Beach Pickleball Club

Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

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