Pickleball helps Durango woman beat back depression

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Pickleball helps Durango woman beat back depression

Cathy Sykes describes herself as a billboard for the sport
Cathy Sykes was suffering from deep depression before learning to play pickleball over the summer. A recent hand surgery has kept her away from playing full games in recent weeks but she still goes to the Durango Community Recreation Center to warm up with her friends. She hopes play her next tournament in January.
Cathy Sykes describes receiving a pass to the Durango Community Recreation Center from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as life-changing. After learning to play pickleball, she started playing five days a week and lost 22 pounds in 14 weeks.
Cathy Sykes, center, poses with some of her pickleball buddies at the Durango Community Recreation Center. From left are Jan Westberg, Dan Mauk, Connie Waterman, Mike McGuire and John Bratsch. Learning the sport helped her come out her shell, and she has taken over the task of creating the newsletters for the Southwest Colorado Pickleball Association, President Brian Blanchard said. “She is a different person than she was one year ago,” he said.
Cathy Sykes works out during a spin class recently at the Durango Community Recreation Center. In addition to playing pickleball, she trained for a 5-kilometer run and a triathlon.
Cathy Sykes, left, takes spin classes taught by Cindy Dahlberg at the Durango Community Recreation Center.

Pickleball helps Durango woman beat back depression

Cathy Sykes was suffering from deep depression before learning to play pickleball over the summer. A recent hand surgery has kept her away from playing full games in recent weeks but she still goes to the Durango Community Recreation Center to warm up with her friends. She hopes play her next tournament in January.
Cathy Sykes describes receiving a pass to the Durango Community Recreation Center from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as life-changing. After learning to play pickleball, she started playing five days a week and lost 22 pounds in 14 weeks.
Cathy Sykes, center, poses with some of her pickleball buddies at the Durango Community Recreation Center. From left are Jan Westberg, Dan Mauk, Connie Waterman, Mike McGuire and John Bratsch. Learning the sport helped her come out her shell, and she has taken over the task of creating the newsletters for the Southwest Colorado Pickleball Association, President Brian Blanchard said. “She is a different person than she was one year ago,” he said.
Cathy Sykes works out during a spin class recently at the Durango Community Recreation Center. In addition to playing pickleball, she trained for a 5-kilometer run and a triathlon.
Cathy Sykes, left, takes spin classes taught by Cindy Dahlberg at the Durango Community Recreation Center.
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