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Selkirk Sport inks sponsorship with professional pickleball player Lauren Stratman

December 12, 2023

Photo of Selkirk Sport pickleball paddles and balls lying down on a pickleball court.

COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO, DEC. 12, 2023Selkirk Sport is thrilled to announce its multi-year endorsement agreement with professional pickleball player Lauren Stratman.

Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, and currently residing in Austin, Texas, Stratman brings her exceptional talent to Team Selkirk, further solidifying the company's commitment to supporting top-tier athletes in the sport of pickleball. Stratman will exclusively use Selkirk products in tournaments starting in 2024. 

After turning pro in 2022, Stratman quickly rose through the ranks. She is now a top-10 ranked player on the Professional Pickleball Association Tour in women’s singles and mixed doubles and is a top-20 ranked player in women’s doubles. She was also drafted to the Major League Pickleball Premier Level team the Texas Ranchers for the 2023 season.

In joining Team Selkirk, Stratman has chosen the Vanguard Power Air as her paddle of choice, which she often played with as a free agent. 

"I’m excited to be part of the team,” Stratman said. “I have been all over the map this year playing with different paddles, and I always keep coming back to the Vanguard Power Air. It is my favorite paddle I’ve found so far, and it’s just so fun to officially be with Selkirk."

Before her pickleball career, Stratman played Division 1 college tennis at both Columbia University and Westmont College. While at Westmont, Stratman was a three-time NAIA First Team All-American, and was named a Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons. On the PPA Tour, Stratman is a five-time silver and 12-time bronze medalist. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Lauren to Team Selkirk,” Selkirk Sport Co-Founder and Co-CEO Mike Barnes said. “With her remarkable skills and dedication to the sport, we believe she will make a tremendous impact on our team and the pickleball community as a whole. We look forward to supporting her journey and achieving great success together."

About Selkirk Sport

Selkirk Sport, a made-in-the-USA manufacturer of pickleball paddles and accessories, is a family-owned and operated company. Selkirk Sport is based in Hayden, Idaho, in the shadows of its namesake, the Selkirk mountain range. Founded in 2014, Selkirk Sport was born from a passion for sport and the 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. 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 Jack Sock, Catherine Parenteau, Parris Todd, Dylan Frazier, Mary Brascia, Maggie Brascia, James Ignatowich and a host of others premier players and national/regional champions.

Media Contact

Kyle Whatnall, Public Relations Manager

Brynn Grissom, Public Relations Associate

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