2018 GRAND CANYON STATE GAMES ATHLETE OF THE YEAR | PICKLEBALL
.Thousands of athletes compete every year in the Grand Canyon State Games. Sarah Ansboury was voted in as the 2018 Athlete of the Year by the Grand Canyon State Games Commissioners. We are thrilled to honor such an amazing, athlete.
A 5.5 tennis player, Sarah exemplifies the new generation of cross-over players that are changing the face of pickleball. Sarah’s prowess as a pickleball player became recognized nationally in 2015, her break out year. After winning Gold and Silver at the September 2015 Tournament of Champions, Sarah became the one to watch. She followed these impressive wins with four medals at the USAPA National Tournament later that fall and earned 5 medals at the first US Open Pickleball Tournament in April 2016. As a member of the USPTA she benefitted from continuing education on fitness, racket sport body mechanics, instructional methods and sports psychology. She has applied this education to pickleball and her new role with the Professional Pickleball Registry (the PPR). The USAPA and PTR – Professional Tennis Registry have formed a strategic alliance to grow the sport of pickleball. The new PTR subsidiary (PPR) will become the official education and certification partner of the USAPA. Sarah has agreed to design the PPR’s curriculum and certification programs. She also travels the country working with recreational and advanced players to improve their all-around game technically, mentally, strategically and through improved fitness. Sarah believes that every player has a way they can improve, whether that be by little or big strides. Sarah has a talent for looking at any player and finding ways they as can improve as individuals and to become better partners.