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Jim Monroe and C.J. Dore earn bronze medals at National Senior Games

Pickleball partners Jim Monroe of Seminole and Riverview’s C.J. Dore were a long way from home when they competed at the National Senior Games in Pittsburgh. The trip proved to be worthwhile.


The local pair earned bronze medals by finishing third in their division. They played five rounds in the 60- 64 age bracket of 4.5 men’s doubles, avenging their lone loss to a pair from The Villages.

Seminole’s Jim Monroe and C.J. Dore of Riverview stood at the podium after winning bronze medals at the National Senior Games in Pittsburgh.
Seminole’s Jim Monroe and C.J. Dore of Riverview stood at the podium after winning bronze medals at the National Senior Games in Pittsburgh.

“For one, we came back with some hardware,” Dore said. “Two, my wife and I made it about something other than pickleball because it was our anniversary at the time.”


Dore, 60, and his wife Hildred celebrated their 36th anniversary, finding time for some sightseeing that included a concert and riverboat ride in the Steel City: “Wherever I go to play she comes along. She’s my biggest fan.”

C.J. Dore and his wife Hildred found time for some sightseeing in Pittsburgh.
C.J. Dore and his wife Hildred found time for some sightseeing in Pittsburgh.

Monroe, 67, was accompanied by his girlfriend, Linda Chesebro, who went to Pittsburgh to do more than watch. She played on a gold medal-winning volleyball team representing Florida.


Monroe and Chesebro enjoy traveling and not long after the games in Pittsburgh they went to her home state of Michigan. Among the things Monroe likes about pickleball is that it lends to traveling lightly.


“The thing I like about pickleball is that it doesn’t take a lot of room up when you’re packing,” he said. “Tennis shoes, a paddle and a ball.”


Monroe and Dore have played together in the past, most often at the Bardmoor Country Club in Seminole, and more recently in Dore’s backyard after he built a court so friends could play there. That also kept Dore from having to travel to Pinellas County for better competition than he found in eastern Hillsborough County.

Riverview’s C.J. Dore lines up a forehand shot.
Riverview’s C.J. Dore lines up a forehand shot.

Before the senior games, however, they never entered a tournament as a pair. When Dore’s partner returned to a former partner, Dore asked Monroe to pair up with him in Pittsburgh.

“I think we had good chemistry,” Dore said. “We have similar styles and we do have fun playing together. I think (Monroe is) very tactical.”

Seminole’s Jim Monroe hits a backhander.
Seminole’s Jim Monroe hits a backhander.

Monroe noted that he and Dore began to better understand each other’s game the more they played together, such as when to drop-shot as opposed to driving the net and when to speed things up or reset.


Both made the senior games by winning qualifying tournaments within the past year. Monroe has played pickleball for four years with Dore’s experience in the sport being a bit less than four years.


By Steve Lee

Times Total Media Correspondent

Photos courtesy of Jim Monroe and C.J. Dore

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