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Pro Pickleball Spotlight: Selkirk Sport Inks Sponsorship Deal With Top-Ranked Catherine Parenteau


By Kyle Whatnall

on Jan 10, 2023

Canadian National to Represent Selkirk Sport in Packed 2023 Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour and Major League Pickleball (MLP) Schedule.

January 10, 2023Catherine Parenteau, one of the most well known players in professional pickleball, finalized a new sponsorship contract today with leading pickleball brand, Selkirk Sport. In what promises to be an unprecedented year for professional pickleball coverage and global intrigue, Parenteau joins a deep roster of top-ranked athletes under the Selkirk banner. 

Selkirk boasts the deepest roster of “Gold Card” Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour Professionals, as Parenteau joins the likes of Tyson McGuffin, Parris Todd, Mary Brascia, Maggie Brascia, Dylan Frazier, James Ignatowich, Travis Rettenmeier, and many more of the sports’ biggest names. Parentaeu will opt to compete using the popular Vanguard Power Air Invikta.

“We are so thrilled to welcome Catherine Parenteau to Team Selkirk, and we can’t wait to see her continue to add to her decorated career of pickleball accomplishments in 2023,” said Rob Barnes, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Selkirk Sport. “Catherine’s outgoing personality and world-class play style make her a great fit for our brand and constantly evolving paddle technology. Our slogan is “We Are Pickleball”, and as one of the world’s top players, Catherine is a tremendous example of our support of the PPA Tour and excellent addition to our talented team of players.” 

Parenteau has been a top name in the sport for quite some time, but she really secured her place as a standout player with an impressive conclusion to 2022. Perhaps most notably, she ended the year with a Women’s Doubles Championship at the PPA Hertz National Championship alongside World No. 1 Anna Leigh Waters in what could be a powerhouse partnership in 2023. Parenteau also brought home a silver medal in the Mixed Doubles Division with veteran partner Riley Newman. Earlier in the year, she also achieved the rare PPA Championship Triple Crown, winning gold in all three events at the North Carolina event. 

“I’ll be using the Selkirk Vanguard Power Air Invikta because it has great spin and power while still managing to have great feel. I really like that paddle and I’m looking forward to playing with it,” said Parenteau. “My 2023 goals include winning a second triple crown as well as remaining in the top 2 of the rankings for the entire calendar year.”

Catherine Parenteau’s career highlights include over 16 PPA Tour medals and three U.S. Open Titles. She is also currently ranked No. 2 in Women’s Singles in the PPA Player Rankings, as well as No.4 in Mixed Doubles. She began her athletic career in tennis, picking up a racket for the first time at the age of four. After soaring to the top ranks in Canadian tennis, she competed for highly ranked tennis programs at the University of Arkansas and Michigan State University. She made the transfer over to professional pickleball in 2016 after her former tennis coach and pickleball legend, Simone Jardim, introduced her to the sport. Although early in her career, Catherine has cemented herself as one of the most accomplished players in the game and will look to build to her impressive pickleball resume in the years to come. 

Parenteau can be seen in action at all 2023 PPA and MLP events, and she is based in the pickleball hotspot of Naples, Florida. Now an official member of the Selkirk family, Catherine joins the ranks of top Selkirk pros looking to make noise in 2023.

“We warmly welcome Selkirk’s newest pro, Catherine Parenteau,” said Selkirk Sport Co-Founder and Co-CEO Mike Barnes. “As we continue to innovate the best pickleball products for players of all levels, Catherine is a perfect fit to represent our premium products and ambitious brand.”

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. Selkirk Sport has become one of the industry’s fastest growing companies with paddles used by many of the game’s premier players, such as Tyson McGuffin,  Parris Todd, Dylan Frazier, Mary Brascia, Maggie Brascia, Wesley Gabrielsen, Cammy MacGregor, and a host of others who are premier players and national/regional champions. 

ABOUT THE PPA TOUR

The Professional Pickleball Association is the professional tour for the sport of pickleball, organizing events and rankings for the top male and female pickleball players in the world and awarding over $2.5 million in annual prize money. With more than 20 events in 2022 at world-class facilities like the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati and the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, the PPA Tour is the premier provider of professional and amateur events. The PPA Tour’s broadcast partners include FOX Sports, Tennis Channel, CBS Sports, and ESPN. Founded in 2018 and based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the PPA Tour provides an unparalleled experience for all, inviting players to compete and “play where the pros play,” as well as offering unrivaled venues, food/beverages, live DJ entertainment, VIP experiences, giveaways and games, pro player meet-and-greets, shopping, vendors, and more. For more information, go to www.ppatour.com.

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