This guest post was written by Event Chair Brian Covernton

The Gamble doubles is a handicap tournament based on age. This year we hosted the 31st annual “100” event and 10th annual “75” event and held the 1st annual Womens “100” event. the “100 is for older players an the “75” for younger players.

46 participants enjoyed a calcutta and dinner at VRC on Nov 29 to bid on 23 teams. 20% of the bidding pool goes to Autism Speaks Canada and $25 of each players entry also was a donation.Play started on Nov 30 and ended on Sunday Dec 5th with finals at VRC.

Congratulations to the winners:

Gamble 100 – Shawn Patton/Randy Mottus def Rick Ng/Jongho Kim 3-2
Womens 100 – Liz Tuck/Josie Guevara def Lauren Price /Stacy Hall 3-1
Gamble 75 – Adam Jinks/Mark Levey def Brendan George/Damien Kayra 3-2

Many thanks to the supporters/contributors:

Birdies and Balls Pro Shop (Paul Deziel)
Autism Speaks Canada
Josh Struthers
Andrew Clements
Tom Locke
Yasmine Franchi
Squash BC (balls)
Isleptsowell (Erik Nilsson)
Steamworks Brewing Company / Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar (Carl McCreath)

Also, thanks to the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton club for the use of their doubles court and to the VRC office for their administration work for the tournament.

A big thanks to my committee: Helen Kim, Ernie Chan, Josh Struthers, Rip Peterman and Tom Locke. A shout out to Gary Wong for taking pics of the event.

The tournament raised $5,470 for Autism Speaks Canada. I am blown away at the generosity of all participants in supporting the tournament and the charity.

-Brian Covernton, Chair


To view videos from the event, visit our Doubles Videos Page