McGuffin Captures Gold as World’s #1 Ranked Professional Pickleball Player
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Selkirk Sport, the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand, today announced that Tyson McGuffin, the #1 ranked professional Pickleball player in the world, captured Gold in the open singles division of the 2019 International Indoor Pickleball Championships, March 26-31, at Northwest Sports Hub in Centralia, Washington.
McGuffin, who headlines Team Selkirk’s line-up of brand ambassadors, also teamed up with his playing partner and coach, Morgan Evans, to capture silver in the Men’s Doubles Open division.
To complement McGuffin’s success, Doug Hastings won the Men’s Singles Senior Open division and took home bronze in the Men’s Senior Doubles Open division, alongside Team Selkirk’s Tony Tollenaar. Also, Team Selkirk’s sibling tandem of Lindsey & Riley Newman captured silver in the Mixed Doubles Open Division, while Lindsey also took silver in the Women’s Open Doubles, alongside partner Michelle Esquivel, as well as silver in the Women’s Open Singles. Additionally, Team Selkirk members, Miok Lee and Jay Rippel, took home Gold in the Mixed Doubles Senior Open Division, with Rippel also taking silver in Men’s Doubles Senior Open alongside partner Glen Peterson. Lee also captured bronze in Women’s Senior Doubles Open. Lastly, Team Selkirk’s Steve Deakin capturedGold in Men’s Open Doubles alongside partner Rick Witsken.
In leading Team Selkirk’s victory parade, McGuffin was equipped with the AMPED™ Invikta, which headlines Selkirk Sport’s AMPED Series, a high performance, Made-in-the-USA line of pickleball paddles that combine revolutionary FiberFlex Fiberglass face technology, a thicker X5 polypropylene core and a unibody design. Available in 5 distinct models (Invikta, Epic, Maxima, S2 and Omni) suited for all styles of play, and a series of vibrant color stories, Selkirk’s AMPED Series delivers increased power, precise ball control, and a larger sweetspot – the most critical benefits to maximize performance for professionals and players of all levels. Each week on the professional Pickleball tour, all Team Selkirk athletes are equipped with Selkirk Sport’s AMPED Series Pickleball Paddles.
For more information on Selkirk Sport, Team Selkirk’s stable of Professional Pickleball Ambassadors and the innovative AMPED™ Series paddle line-up visit www.selkirk.com. To follow the Company through social media please visit Selkirk on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SelkirkSport/ or Twitter @SelkirkSport.
About Selkirk Sport
Selkirk Sport, a Made-in-the-USA Manufacturer of Pickleball paddles and accessories, is a family-owned and operated company based in Hayden, Idaho, located in the shadows of its namesake, the Selkirk mountain range. Founded in 2014, Selkirk Sport is born off a passion for sport, as well as the great western outdoor leisure lifestyle that was afforded to the Company’s founders, Rob and Mike Barnes, along with their father Jim, who is Selkirk’s production manager. Backed by the philosophy of always pushing the limits, Selkirk Sport is committed to manufacturing products that deliver the highest performance with unmatched quality and service. As part of their early success, Selkirk Sport was the very first Pickleball manufacturer to offer an unprecedented lifetime warranty on its high-performance products. And, to meet the demands of the game’s premier professionals, the Company developed low-profile edgeguards that are lightweight and extremely durable. In just three years, Selkirk Sport has become one of the industry’s fastest growing companies, and their paddles are used by many of the game’s premier players, such as Tyson McGuffin, Morgan Evans, Cammy MacGregor, Kaitlyn Christian and a host of others who are premier players and national/regional champions.
Pickleball was invented by three dads in 1965 as a way to entertain their children during summer. The families resided on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Congressman Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum fashioned handmade equipment and based the simple rules on the existing sports of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Unlike Tennis, Racquetball and many other sports, Pickleball has a short learning curve; you don’t need months of lessons to participate in a fun game. It also is less running compared to Tennis. However, at the same time, it can be very competitive and addicting for all ages, as well as an excellent, fun family activity. Pickleball can be played as both a singles and doubles game, and can be played inside or outdoors, on a court that uses the dimension of a doubles badminton court, along with a modified tennis net. A Pickleball court is 20’ x 44’ for both singles and doubles. The net is hung at 36” at the ends and hangs 34” in the middle. A non-volley zone – called the Kitchen – extends 7’ back from the net on each side.