Margie Powars, Treasurer
I absolutely love pickleball and all the pickleball people I have met over the years – you’re all AWESOME!
In 2011, I began playing at Mt. Ogden park. A friend of mine, who was 75 years old, and some ladies in our church were curious about this game called pickleball. We made it our mission to learn more about this sport. The next thing we knew we were taping off a court in our church gym, purchasing big wooden paddles and starting our own pickleball adventure.
Like most who discover this sport, I am now a pickleball addict for life. I love meeting people, helping those new to the game, and expanding my second family – my pickleball family. I’m so excited to be serving OPA with two great gals, Vickie and Katie.
Something happens when you fall in love with this sport. Suddenly you have a new group of friends who are all as crazy for that little yellow ball as you are. The camaraderie surrounding this sport is truly fantastic and it has brought so much joy to my life.
Tim and Judi Morris introduced me to the sport four years ago during their term as President. I’m now a 4.5 and enjoy traveling to tournaments. For a while there, pickleball was my life. You could find me on the court literally every day. I don’t play as much as I used to, but life is like a river – you come across bends and it changes direction.
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to serve the Association this past term. I look forward to helping the new board as they transition into their new roles.
I began playing in the winter of 2013 in Hurricane when my daughter convinced me to try another sport. At the time, I was an avid volleyball and soccer player. Pickleball stole my heart and I now play 6 times per week.
Two of my greatest pickleball moments would be medaling at the St. George Shoot Out in 2013. My daughter and I partnered for my first tournament and we ended up winning a Bronze medal. In that very same tournament I won Mixed Doubles Gold in the 3.0 category. It was beyond thrilling!
I split my time between Northern and Southern Utah and I’ve been so lucky to find fantastic pickleball friends all over the state. It’s always a delight to come home to Northern Utah to play with my OPA friends. They are so warm and welcoming. Over the next two years, I’ll have the pleasure of serving on the board by working on membership and small tournaments. I look forward to meeting you all!
I am brand new to pickleball and represent a huge movement of young, new players who have been bitten by the bug. Just this summer, a Facebook group called the Rad Ladies posted a call looking for women interested in learning to play pickleball. I answered the call, because heck, why not!? Ten Rad Ladies started meeting twice weekly to learn the game. Next thing I knew, I was playing my first tournament with OPA Founder John Gullo and running for the OPA board. Sometimes I play like a 3.5, but mostly I’m a 3.0. When I can sneak away from my consulting gig and adorable toddler, I pack up my psychedelic-looking paddle and head over to Open Play at Mt. Ogden. This year I will be working hard on updating OPA’s web presence and helping to find ways for our Association to tap into the community to grow membership and foster goodwill.