Selkirk Sport Leads Pickleball Programming at PGA Show, Jan. 24-26 at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida
January 17, 2024
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Jan. 17, 2024 — Led by Catherine Parenteau, who captured 18 wins in 2023 and is currently the No. 2 ranked women’s professional pickleball player in the world, along with James Ignatowich and Pablo Tellez, both ranked in the men’s top 10 in the world, Selkirk Sport (Booth #2879), the leading pickleball brand today announced it will host match play and demo sessions at the 2024 PGA Show from Jan. 24-26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Additional pickleball exhibition participants include Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and a top 50 all-time NBA player, Rick Barry, who is both an avid golfer and pickleball player; LPGA Major Champion and four-time Team USA Solheim Cup winner Sherri Steinhauer; and 1977 Wimbledon Doubles champion JoAnne Russell. Upon retiring from their respective sports, each of these former world-class athletes has embraced pickleball to continue their competitive spirit.
The pickleball courts, located alongside all the action in the PGA Show exhibit hall (Booths 2983 and 3183), will host a full line-up of programming which includes clinics, beat the pro sessions and exhibition match play among an all-star line-up of the top professional pickleball players, top coaches and brand ambassadors. Demo sessions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.
“Selkirk is fully committed to supporting the growth of pickleball across all business sectors, and our expanded presence at the PGA Show validates the fact that the intersection of golf and pickleball continues to grow stronger,” said Mike Barnes, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Selkirk Sport. “With an elite line-up of professional players, coaches and brand ambassadors, combined with a dynamic collection of equipment, apparel and accessories, we are excited to showcase the surging sport while further educating the golf industry on all things pickleball.”
Pickleball’s expanded PGA Show presence takes place as the popularity of the sport continues to grow, with country clubs, golf resorts and municipalities building courts based on consumer demand, while integrating programming into their line-up of racket sports activities.
As part of the programming, Mark Renneson, one of the most respected pickleball coaches in the world, will host a series of clinics on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 24-25. Renneson, the founder of Third Shot Sports and Pickleball Coaching International, travels across North America offering fun, fast-paced and practical clinics to players of all ages and skill levels.
Selkirk Sport, a family-owned business based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is at the forefront of pickleball’s surge in popularity by driving growth through product innovation, market leadership, philanthropic initiatives, Selkirk TV, professional tour sponsorship and an elite line-up of professional players and brand ambassadors. The company also has an established presence in the golf industry, serving as an official partner for Troon and Invited Clubs.
To complement on-court programming, a selection of new product innovations will be on display in Selkirk’s booth, headlined by the Luxx Control Air, a next generation paddle engineered with advanced materials and designed for players seeking the ultimate paddle for control, precision and finesse. Additionally, the exhibit will feature a full line-up of paddles for players of all levels as well as Selkirk’s recently introduced footwear, apparel and accessories.
Moreover, after years of extensive research and development, the Selkirk exhibit and the on-site pickleball courts will feature the recently-introduced Pro S1 Pickleball, designed to transform the way the game is played by offering players a consistent flight path, predictable bounce and unrivaled durability. The Pro S1 Pickleball uses rotomolding technology to construct a perfectly round ball, designed to keep its shape and last longer than other pickleballs. To underline the confidence in the Pro S1 Pickleball's durability, Selkirk Sport is offering an industry-first one-year no-crack warranty on the ball. This warranty reflects Selkirk's commitment to delivering the most reliable products to pickleball enthusiasts.
Further, Selkirk will display its limited-edition Ryder Cup Luxx Control Air, which was offered in a limited run after United States Ryder Cup Captain Zach Johnson gifted the paddle to all the 2023 members of Team USA.
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.
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