I took a beginner pickleball class from Stafford County’s Parks & Rec in the spring of 2016 and have been addicted to the sport ever since. I played in a local ladder that year and continued for another 4 years; I ran the ladder my last 3 years. I’ve taken a number of multi-day clinics from pickleball pros over the years; Simone Jardim and Ben Johnson in Woodbridge, Sarah Ansboury in Hilton Head, and Tyson McGuffin in Atlanta. I’ve also taken a few 2-hour clinics locally with Irina Tereschenko and Ben Johns in Kilmarnock, and Mark Renneson in Fredericksburg. I loved meeting the pros and coming away with lots of info to apply to my game. I have played in lots of local tournaments and have traveled to tournaments that include PPAs, Regionals, the US Open, and Nationals. I love the tough competition big tournaments offer and love seeing the pros play up close. I hope my love of pickleball spreads to others in the Fredericksburg area.