ASIAN

Pickleball Association

ASIAN

Pickleball Association

Confederation of

African

Confederation of

African

Pickleball Federation of The

Americas

Pickleball Federation Of The

Americas

Oceania

Pickleball Federation

Oceania

Pickleball Federation

JOIN THE GPF

Membership in the Global Pickleball Federation is the single path to ensure your country’s association with pickleball at the highest level. As the GPF-recognized National Governing Body for your country, you will be aligned with the international governing body for pickleball and, with it, the opportunity for Olympic participation for your country.

Developing players and building communities

With pickleball’s potential to become an exemplary sport that welcomes and includes players from all walks of life, the GPF will work with its countries, allies, and partners:

Discovering Pickleball

To ensure players, coaches, and other leaders have the opportunity and support to acquire the fundamental skills and abilities to participate in organized pickleball.

Recreational Pickleball

To ensure players, coaches, and other leaders have the opportunity and support to participate in and instruct pickleball for fun, health and fitness, social and community development, and competition.

Competitive Pickleball

To ensure players can develop the skills to compete in safe and ethical environments, and coaches and officials have the training + competencies to prepare players and to officiate at competitions respectively.

High-Performance Pickleball

To ensure that players and officials widely participate in national, continental, and international competitions.

Pickleball for Development

To ensure pickleball as a sport for all/for life is positioned as a resource for social and economic development, the promotion of positive values and the building of healthy, active communities across the globe.

Officiating

Equipment Standards

Facility Construction

Ambassadors

Junior Development

Rules

Tournaments

Equipment

Path to Membership

The preferred path for GPF membership is through your associated Continental Federation (CF) & first meeting their requirements for membership.  After providing your basic contact details, please select the appropriate Continental Federation and proceed to that organization’s membership application. Upon completion, your application will be evaluated for membership in both your Continental Federation and the GPF.  Following this evaluation, you will be notified of your membership status.

ASIAN

APA hopes to introduce Pickleball to all Asia nations. We adopt the official rulebook and worldwide code of conduct for pickleball athletes established by USA Pickleball. Our main activities will be in Asia, and we are governed by the APA Board Of Directors and managed by the Executive Committee members from Asia nations.

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Africa

The Confederation of African Pickleball (CAP) aims to represent, promote and encourage African pickleball players across the world - our confederation is unaffiliated with any international federation or player association.

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Europe

The Pickleball Federation of the Americas (PFA) is a non-profit corporation organized and operated exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes. The PFA serves its member countries by promoting and supporting pickleball growth and development throughout South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and North America.

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Americas

The Pickleball Federation of the Americas (PFA) is a non-profit corporation organized and operated exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes. The PFA serves its member countries by promoting and supporting pickleball growth and development throughout South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and North America.

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Oceania

We’re on a mission to bring Pickleball to Oceania through the development, promotion, and governance of the sport across the Oceania region including Australia, New Zealand, Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
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Global Pickleball Federation

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Is the single path to assure your country’s association with pickleball at the highest level.

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Manish Rao

Asia Federation Representative

Manish Rao of Mumbai, India has been actively involved in growing pickleball throughout India and internationally, since 2016. He currently serves as Chief Mentor of the Indian Pickleball Association, growing pickleball through grassroots programs in India. Rao has traveled extensively to compete and medal in international tournaments, and currently serves as Head of Operations for Franklin India and is CEO of his security company installing access control, fire control, and high end CCTV systems. Rao was part of the inaugural team that introduced pickleball to Nepal in 2020. He enjoys wildlife photography as a hobby, and holds a B Tech in Electronics.

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Chandler Carney

At-Large

Chandler Carney is a native of the United States currently residing in Chile, where she focuses on expanding the reach of pickleball through KONDOR Pickleball and “Chile Juega Pickleball.” Her athletic career includes playing division 1 and 11 volleyball, setting a Big East Conference Record as a freshman and later captaining her team as a sophomore. She then proceeded to coach multiple club and high school teams..

Upon moving to South America, Chandler discovered racquet sport "padel" and was later selected to represent Team USA in the 2021 and 2023 Senior Pan American games located in Asunción, Paraguay and Camboriú, Brazil. Chandler’s first go at competitive pickleball was in 2023 — medaling at an international tournament in Lima, Peru. Since then, she has dedicated her time to organizing pickleball clinics, providing guidance and resources to local clubs, and serving as a pickleball ambassador between the United States and Chile.

In addition to her sporting endeavors, Chandler works as a U.S. Immigration Attorney assisting individuals of Extraordinary Ability, athletes and coaches, to navigate U.S. immigration law. She also serves on the Standards and Ethics Committee of the U.S. Padel Association. Chandler holds a juris doctor from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. With her blend of legal acumen, international sports experience, and passion for pickleball, Chandler seeks to promote the values of the Global Pickleball Federation in the continued growth of the sport around the world.

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Ruth Rosenquist

At-Large

Ruth Rosenquist of Scottsdale, Arizona, is a PR/marketing practitioner and avid pickleball player since she discovered the sport in 1992. Today, she chairs the MarCom committee as a board member of the Global Pickleball Federation, the international sports governing body for pickleball. Ruth also serves as VP of Marketing for a proprietary paddle brand based in Newport Beach, CA.

In 2013, Ruth became a staunch advocate for the sport of pickleball, serving on the USA Pickleball board first as Media Chair, continuing as a PR consultant until 2019. Rosenquist facilitated the first news story where pickleball was named “the fastest growing sport in America” by NBC Nightly News in 2014. A decade later, that phrase still rings true. From 2020-2022, Ruth turned her focus to growing pickleball across the globe due to her formative years living in Ibadan, Nigeria. In 2022, she launched Pickleball Fundraising Programs for Susan G. Komen. In her early career, Ruth is most proud of programs she rolled out for Save the Children and Autism Speaks, raising over $3 million. She also developed a sensory-friendly experience for children of all abilities in partnership with Autism Speaks, presented in 600 locations across North America today.

Ruth holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University.

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Marcin Matysik

European Representative

Marcin Matysik of Katowice, Poland has served as Secretary General of the Global Professional Tennis Coach Association (GPTCA) for over 10 years. Based in Bach, Switzerland, the GPTCA has become the world’s preeminent tennis coaches’ organization. In partnership with the ATP World Tour, the GPTCA is represented in 45 countries, and is the only organization in the world offering ATP certified courses.

Marcin is the founder of 410N, a consulting, media and event management agency for professional tennis players and tennis-related entities. Clients include Grand Slam champions including Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova and ATP World Tour tournaments. He collaborates with brands such as Rolex, Rado, Porsche, Lexus, Adidas, Yonex and more. He also serves on the Advisory Board of leading technological sports start-ups.

Matysik founded and serves as President of the Polish Pickleball Association (Polski Pickleball) since 2019. He introduced pickleball to Poland in 2019 and has been growing the game ever since. He manages the Polish Pickleball Tour and Junior Tour events across Poland, with 400 players in the official rankings. He also runs instructor courses as a joint venture with PCI and manages a network of national ambassadors. Marcin holds an MA in English and PDip in Business IT from the University of Silesia, Katowice with an MBA from EY Academy of Business.

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Michael Mc Daid

At-Large Director

Michael Mc Daid of Donegal Town, Ireland, established Pickleball Ireland, one of the first National Associations in Europe in 2015. Since that time, he has made it his mission to bring what he describes as a “totally unique and inclusive sport” to the nation. Over the past seven years, he has visited every county in Ireland to introduce pickleball. Overcoming many challenges along the way, pickleball now has a strong foothold in Ireland with over 50 clubs and approximately 1,000 players. Today, having stepped down as a Director of Pickleball Ireland, McDaid remains very active at a grass roots level, continuing to evangelize pickleball in new venues and serve as a coach in established clubs. He is a self-described entrepreneur, involved in retail, Interior design and custom rug manufacturing for his Irish heritage brand, “Donegal Carpets”, while coaching tennis. Mc Daid holds a degree in Legal Studies and Political Science from Galway University.

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Jen Ramamurthy

GPF Secretary General
Oceania Continental Director

Jen Ramamurthy of Brisbane, Australia has been involved with the development of pickleball in Australia since 2018 and currently sits as the Board Chair for Pickleball Australia. More recently she has also been part of the team who established the Oceania Pickleball Federation. Jen's responsibilities include overseeing the development and implementation of effective strategic plans and assisting with managing the growth of pickleball in the region to ensure the sustainability of both organisations. Jen's background includes 25 years of teaching, leadership and teacher education in the disciplines of Physical Education and Science, while simultaneously taking on coaching and sports management responsibilities at regional, state, and national levels in various sports. Jen is currently working as the co-founder and director of a company that delivers affordable solar to the remote and rural regions of Papua New Guinea. She holds a Masters of Education degree in e-learning and Gifted Education.

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Dr. Kwabena Dautey Akufo

Africa Continental Director

Apostle Dr. Kwabena Dautey Akufo of Accra, Ghana, is President of the Ghana Pickleball Association and the Confederation of African Pickleball (CAP). Most recently, Dr. Akufo was influential in adding pickleball as a demonstration sport to The African Games for the first time, to be held in Accra, Ghana in March 2024. Dr. Akufo is also Chairman of the Seminary Governing Council of Apostolic Church Theological Seminary (ACTS) located in Kumasi, Ghana. He served on the board of Altiostar Networks from 2013-2021, developing cell phone tower products. Prior to Pastoral Ministry, he spent 20 years as an engineer in the computer industry, as Vice President and General Manager of Internetworking Engineering at Tellabs, a telecom company. Dr, Akufo taught Computer Science as an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Lowell (now University of Massachusetts, Lowell) and at Boston University, and is the author of three ministry books.

He has a Doctor of Ministry and a Master of Arts in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. He also has a Master of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Economics from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Tony Casey

Canadian Representative

Tony Casey of Vancouver, Canada, served as a Director and Vice President of Pickleball Canada for four years. He currently chairs the Global Affairs committee for Pickleball Canada and is a leader of a pickleball schools project in east Vancouver. Casey was a founding board member of the Pickleball Federation of the Americas (Continental Federation for the Western Hemisphere) and the Global Pickleball Federation.

As a former program director in the Canadian health sector, Casey has thirty-five years of management experience (local, provincial and national) in health promotion and wellness, heart health and cardiac rehabilitation, public and emergency health, and organizational development. He was the initial fitness and coordinator for the Vancouver Canucks professional hockey team. He has filled roles as a volunteer, coach, organizer, program manager and board member for ice hockey, soccer and baseball, and was named Executive of the Year on two occasions. Tony Casey enjoys playing pickleball in Vancouver, Phoenix and Oaxaca City, and on the west coast of Ireland. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria.