Dick with Mixed Doubles Partner Jane McKesson of Colorado
July was an amazing month for Dick & Lawana Johnson as they represented Idaho & Arizona in two of the biggest and most important national amateur sporting events in the country.
In July, Dick won two bronze medals in the National Senior Games in Minneapolis.
Dick recently followed up with three gold medals in Singles, Men’s Doubles, & Mixed Doubles in the National State Games of America in Omaha.
Dick with Men’s Doubles Partner Paul Hoggatt of Arizona
Dick was the first and only Idahoan to ever medal in Pickleball at either of these national events. His two Bronze medals at the National Senior Games were two of only 15 medals in all sports won by Idahoans.
And, he was the only pickleball player from any state to win three Golds at the National State Games of America!
Congratulations for a job well done!
Come on out to watch and cheer fellow club members participate and compete in the Idaho Senior Games!
Where: Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave, Boise
When: Friday August 7th, 8:00am and
Saturday August 8th, 8:00am
Friday’s matches will be men’s and women’s doubles.
Saturday’s matches will be mixed doubles and singles.
Singles will begin at noon on Saturday—or 30 minutes after the end of the last mixed doubles match.
The Idaho Senior Games is a social and recreational experience designed to encourage better health and fitness of men and women age 50 and over, regardless of residence. The level of competitiveness is up to you! There are more than 50 events, with competition in 11 different age categories.
Here’s a partial list of BPC members competing:
Playing but not listed? Please send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included!
The registration deadline for the Huckleberry Tournament in Donnelly has been extended to August 5th.
COME JOIN US FOR A FUN WEEKEND and play at the HUCKLEBERRY PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT!
Come up and enjoy our fresh mountain air. Stay and take in the Huckleberry Jam
at Tamarack Resort.
Bring your kayaks, fishing equipment, hiking boots and enjoy the weekend in our great Idaho mountains.
TOURNAMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH.
Registration: $10:00 — Deadline is August 5th, to give Director time to set up the tournament brackets.
Start Time: 8:30 AM
Please check in by 8:15 which gives you time to warm up and get settled in.
Format: Round Robin, Womens Doubles and Mens Doubles. Director reserves the right to set divisions in each if we have enough players to do so.
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Dick Johnson won another bronze medal at the National Senior Games!
He competed in Men’s Singles 75+ age bracket, losing first to the gold medal winner and next to the single medal winner among the nearly twenty competitors.
Dick and his Michigan partner, Alice Dodgsen, won 7th Place Ribbons in Mixed Doubles.
Dick and his wife Lawona especially enjoyed meeting other great players from across America.
They report that pickleball players, like us here in Boise, are very nice people and very willing to share our new and great sport with others.
And, that they have similar challenges, like the need for courts. For example, the Gold medalist described clearing out dump truck loads of debris, garbage, and dirt from 2 abandoned tennis courts to create six pickleball courts in Irvine, California.
And, the Johnsons also learned that our wonderful sport is spreading so rapidly that medals are being won by great players from everywhere in America at big national tourneys (like, from Alaska, Virginia, California, Hawaii, Florida, Arizona . . . and, now, even little IDAHO!!!!!!
Dick and Lawana Johnson had been having a great time with the other 10,000 athletes so far: Opening Ceremonies, Athletes Village, Olympic Flame, Parade of Athletes, etc.
But then they received a very sad email from Dick’s men’s doubles partner the day before the event. His partner was injured and couldn’t come to Minneapolis.
It looked like Dick wouldn’t even get the chance to fulfill his dream of competing in that event during his first time at the Games!
It was a pretty glum time for the Johnsons. However, this sad situation turned out to have a wonderful and surprising ending…
Tourney officials connected Dick with a younger player which at least gave him the opportunity to compete, even though it had to be in a younger age bracket (70+).
Dick and his new partner Ohioan Bill Regan had never met until competition day. They lost an early match and quickly dropped to the loser’s bracket in the huge tourney.
But, nine tough matches later they had fought their way back to the medal round and brought home a national Bronze medal!