Pickleball Pro & Gold medalist Leigh Waters is known for taking the Pickleball world by storm, with her 13-year-old daughter Anna Leigh playing right alongside her. These two players have been a popular attraction for many fans and bring lots of energy to the courts.
Contacting Leigh, we asked if she would like to be featured in our monthly newsletter for "September" as a Guest Appearance.” She was more than happy to take the time to answer a few interview questions.
PTPC: Have you ever been to Port Townsend, WA?
LEIGH: I have never been to PT or even to WA state!! WA is definitely on my list of places to visit!
PTPC: What brand of Shoes do you wear on the Pickleball Court?
LEIGH: I love and exclusively wear Babolat shoes for pickleball. I love the quality, the support, and the longevity of their shoes. They have so many styles to choose from, and the designs are fashionable which makes getting a new pair exciting! As for the shoes, we get them from Babolat, but you can purchase on www.babolat.com, or online from tennis warehouse or tennis-express. My favorite style is the Rage, but I also wear the Propulse Fury and the Jet Tere. I kind of alternate around the three.
PTPC: What kind of workout regimen & diet do you follow that helps you strengthen for pickleball?
For me I find that a hard, intense 2-hour drill session a few times a week serves as a great way to get the cardio and heart rate up as well as allows me to get those touches on the ball. Then I usually power walk 3 miles a day which helps with endurance. Finally, I get some footwork agility training by joining in on Anna Leigh’s soccer practices when they do conditioning. As for my diet, I eat a ton of raw veggies, lots of beans, and oatmeal every day. I also eat eggs for breakfast every morning.
PTPC: During a tournament, what types of food do you eat before your game and in between to give you energy?
LEIGH: Usually before and during tournaments I eat pasta, and I won’t lie — bread. For breakfast I carb up with a hearty cereal and toast. During the tournament I snack in between matches with bites of bagels and pretzels. Liquid IV is my electrolyte beverage of choice. At night for dinner, like I said, we usually do pasta or a steak and potato dinner — with you guessed it—bread!
PTPC: Your favorite quote?
LEIGH: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
— Walt Disney
Thank you to Leigh Waters for being our Guest! We love you and Anna Leigh back here in Port Townsend and will be looking forward to you both visiting us here in the future.
All photos sent in by Leigh Waters
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