PROLITE SPORTS – THE PRIMARY SPONSOR

Pickleball Finland has made an agreement with ProLite Sports, one of the leading pickleball paddle manufacturers from USA, that they will be the Primary Event and the Official Paddle Sponsor of the Finland 2nd International Pickleball Tournament on June 9–11, 2017 in Espoo. 

Pickleball Finland has worked in close co-operation with ProLite Sports since summer 2015 as their official, sole distributor in Finland and ProLite paddles have been used in Finland since January 2014. We are very happy and proud to have ProLite Sports as our sponsor.

The Official Paddle Sponsor

ProLite Sports will also be the Official Paddle Sponsor of the Finland 2nd International Tournament. The winners of each event in each category will be awarded with ProLite paddles. Also other ProLite items will be available as prizes.

Competition, clinics and exhibition match

In our tournament we will see four players from the ProLite Pro Team, competing for the Finnish Open Championships. The pros will participate in all three events (women's & men's doubles and mixed doubles). Should they win, they will receive gold medals in a special Pro category.

 

In addition, the ProLite pros will give free technique clinics for all participants (in groups) during the tournament. They will also play an exhibition match. ProLite Pros are also happy to tell more about ProLite paddles, their personal favorite models and why they use them.

The clinics and the exhibition match will most probably take place during the Friday evening session on June 9th (date & time to be confirmed).

Gigi LeMaster

Cookie Drake

Brian Ashworth

Bill Ritchie

The ProLite Pros in Finland 

The ProLite pros taking part in our tournament are Gigi LeMaster, Cookie Drake, Brian Ashworth and Bill Ritchie, all USAPA tournament rated 5.0 players, who have won numerous medals and championships in several major tournaments in USA and internationally. For all the participants of the tournament, this will be a unique opportunity to see, ask and learn more about pickleball directly from the pros. Together with the participating players from all around Europe and overseas, in this tournament there will definitely be some of the best pickleball played in North Europe so far. You certainly don't want to miss this!

Here are some of their latest achievements in major tournaments:

Gigi LeMaster

  • 2017 US Open Champion Women's Age Doubles

  • 2017 US Open Champion Senior Women's Pro Doubles

  • 2017 US Open Mixed Doubles Age Bronze

  • 2017 Grand Canyon State Games Women's Doubles Age & Skill Bronze, Mixed Doubles Age Silver

  • 2016 US Open Champion Mixed Age Doubles    

  • 2016 US Open Champion Women's Age Doubles    

  • 2016 US Open Mixed Doubles Pro Division Silver

  • 2016 Canadian Nationals Champion Mixed & Women's Doubles

  • 2016 International Champion Women's Doubles 

  • 2016 TOC (Tournaments of Champions) Silver Women's Doubles Legends

  • 2015 USAPA Nationals VII 3-time Champion

  • 2014 USAPA Nationals VI Champion Mixed Doubles Open 

  • 2014 Tournament of Champions Silver Mixed Doubles Masters Open

Read more about Gigi!

Cookie Drake

  • 2017 US Open Champion Women's Doubles Age

  • 2017 US Open Mixed Doubles Age Silver

  • 2017 Grand Canyon State Games Women's Doubles Age & Skill Bronze, Mixed Doubles Age Gold

  • 2016 US Open Women's Doubles Senior Open Silver, Gold Women's Doubles 55–59 and Silver Mixed Doubles 60–64

  • 2016 Huntsmen World Senior Games Gold WD and Silver MXD age events

  • 2016 USAPA Nationals VIII Women's Doubles Silver and Mixed Doubles Silver

  • 2016 Brigham City Memorial tournament Gold Women's Doubles 5.0 Open

  • 2016 SoCal Classic Mixed Doubles Silver Senior Open

  • 2016 International Indoor Championship Gold Women's Doubles Age  

  • 2016 The Grand Canyon State Games Champion Mixed Doubles 50 and Gold Women's Doubles 55

  • 2015 USAPA Nationals VII Silver Women's Doubles Age 

  • 2015 Socal Summer Classic Champion Mixed Doubles Age, Silver Women's Doubles Senior Open

Read more about Cookie!

Brian Ashworth

  • 2017 US Open Champion Men's Doubles Age

  • 2017 Grand Canyon State Games Men's Doubles Age Silver, Mixed Doubles Age Silver

  • 2016 US Open Champion Mixed Doubles 5.0 

  • 2016 US Open Men's Doubles Age Silver

  • 2016 US Open Men's Doubles Pro Bronze

  • 2016 Fall Brawl Men's Doubles Age 5.0 Silver, Mixed Doubles Age 5.0 Bronze

  • 2016 Pickleball Canada National Tournament Mens Doubles Open Silver

  • 2016 SoCal Summer Classic Men's Doubles Age Bronze

  • 2016 Grand Canyon State Games Men's Doubles 5.0 Silver, Mixed Doubles Age Bronze

  • 2015 USAPA Nationals VII Men's Open Doubles Bronze

Read more about Brian!

Bill Ritchie

  • 2017 US Open Mixed Doubles Age Silver & Bronze

  • 2016 3rd Annual PickleBall Fever in the Zoo – Gold in Mens Doubles open

  • 2016 4th Annual Cheers to the New Year – Gold in Mens Doubles open

  • 2016 WI State Games – Silver in Mixed Doubles open

  • 2016 Scheels Capitol City Classic – Silver in Mens Doubles open & Bronze in Mixed Doubles open

  • 2016 7th Annual Miracle Ear – Silver in Mens Doubles open & Bronze in Mixed Doubles open

  • 2015 6th Annual Miracle Ear  – Gold in Mens Doubles open

  • 2015 So Cal Summer Classic – Silver in Mens Doubles age

  • 2014 USAPA Great Lakes Regional – Silver in Men's Doubles Skill/Age

Read more about Bill!

The Primary Event & The Official Paddle Sponsor