Father and son win gold in pickleball tournament


Eleven-year-old Canyon Lake resident Evan Pinard competed with his dad David at the California State Games in July at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa. California State Games is a multi-sport festival of Olympic-style competition for California’s amateur athletes of all ages and abilities. State Games is a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee.

Evan and David both competed in Mixed Doubles on Saturday with women who didn’t have partners. As luck would have it, Evan was paired with Lisa Naumu after her partner was injured. Lisa is a well know professional pickleball player who teaches lessons and travels all over the U.S. to compete. She won gold medals in both the 2017 USAPA National Championship and 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships.

Both Evan and David won gold medals with their partners.

On Sunday, the father and son played together and battled it out against three other teams in the Men’s Doubles. They won first place in the 3.0 division, earning gold medals.

Even started playing tennis about five years ago when his parents joined the Canyon Lake Tennis Club. He started competing on the Canyon Lake junior tennis teams one year ago. David is an avid tennis player who has been competing for years. The family wanted to try something new and joined the Pickleball Club two months ago.

“His tennis skills helped him a lot with pickleball,” said his mother Susan Pinard. “He loves both sports.”

Even and David both plan to continue competing in pickleball and tennis tournaments.

The Pinard family now plays pickleball on a regular basis and look forward to participating in the fun events the club has to offer.