Chicago- 12th June 2020 – Today, Seymour Rifkind, President of the World Pickleball Federation (WPF) announced the formation of a European Federation covering central and Eastern Europe, as outlined in WPF’s By-Laws.
WPF was founded at the end of 2018 to help grow pickleball globally with the end goal of getting the game into the Olympics. WPF now has 18 country federation members and is actively working on expanding its membership. There are now sufficient member countries in the European region to form its first federation.
Seymour Rifkind said “We formed a European Federation Selection Committee made up of Mhairi Adam (Pickleball Scotland), Marc Declercq (Spain), Pierre Obozinski (France), Natalia Bartiuk (Ukraine) and Karen Mitchell (England). The purpose of the committee was to ensure that WPF member countries in Europe would be responsible for voting and selecting their own board that would represent WPF in Europe”
We then announced the formation of the federation and invited applications. Those applications were reviewed and a short list was created for an interview process. After the interviews, the selection committee aligned on which candidates to offer the 5 Director positions to.
“We are delighted to announce our new Board of Directors:
David Mazzucco from Scotland
Cyril Dirand from France
Leo Gonzalez Rodriguez who is Spanish but lives in England
Lenka Misickova from Czech Republic
Mathias Lassfolk originally from Finland and now resident in Switzerland”
Between the individuals they have been playing pickleball for over 22 years and have attended over 50 tournaments. They have diverse backgrounds with experience of growing pickleball, developing a country federation, Marketing, Media, Governance in Sport, Training, Fundraising.
The Board’s first task will be to formalise the creation of the European Pickleball Federation.
The Board are all in agreement that the objective of the Board is the unification of European pickleball for strength. They believe that Europe could have as many players as the USA!