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Dink Awards 2023 Winners: Content Creators

by Luke Burton on

It's the final installment of the Dink awards. Today we're announcing the winners of our content creators series - best podcast, Youtube and Instagram creators, and on-air personalities. Let's go!

Dink Award Winners - Part One 👇

Dink Awards 2023 Winners: Player of the Year
Records were made! Over 6,000 of you voted in this year’s official fans’s choice awards for the top players, people, and moments from the year. Today we’re announcing the first six categories and releasing the rest over the course of the week — so make sure to check back! via

Dink Award Winners - Part Two

Dink Awards 2023 Winners: Most Improved
We’re back with part two of the Dink Awards winners. Today we’re focusing on the most improved player categories, as well as the player with the most influential voice, and event of the year. If you didn’t get chance to see the first set of results, check those out below.

Top Instagram Content Creator

Top Pickleball Instagram Content Creator

They predicted they'd win before they even won! And we're not mad about it. Memes of Pickleball claimed the top spot for the best Instagram content creator and has won a $1k grant from Selkirk (if they're willing to let us know who they are, that is).

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Here are the full results:

Top YouTube Content Creator

Top Pickleball YouTube Content Creator

With a pretty sizeable lead, Kyle Koszuta (aka That Pickleball Guy) has cemented himself as the top YouTube content creator. If you haven't already, you should make sure you are subscribed to get some of the best instructional content on the web. He's also won a $1k production grant from Selkirk!

Here are the full results:

Best Pickleball Podcast

Best Pickleball Podcast

It was a tough battle for the top spot but PicklePod hosted by Zane Navratil and Thomas Shields takes the W for best pickleball podcast. Yes, it is our podcast but after all - it's the people's choice awards. We love you Jimmy and Tyler.

Here are the full results:

  • PicklePod (19.5%)
  • King of the Court (17%)
  • Briones Pickleball (11.6%)
  • It Feels Right (11.2%)
  • Pickleball Studio (11%)
  • James Ignatowich Show (8.8%)
  • Tennis Sucks (8.2%)
  • Jilly B Podcast (7.7%)
  • Sorry not Sorry (4.9%)

Best On-Air Personality

Best On-Air Personality

A huge congratulations to Adam Stone! With an almost 10-point lead, he claims the title for best on-air personality. Pickleball streams wouldn't be the same without your commentary!

Here are the full results:

  • Adam Stone (32%)
  • Dave Flemming (24.7%)
  • Kamryn Blackwood (23.3%)
  • Michelle McMahon (10.1%)
  • Dominic Catalano (9.9%)

Best On-Court Antics

Best On-Court Antics

"Andiamo!" The unmistakable war cry of the Italian man of mystery, Julian Arnold. Watching this guy on the court never disappoints and we're stoked to see him get the well-deserved recognition for it.

Here are the full results:

  • Julian Arnold (23.3%)
  • Raffa Hewett (23.0%)
  • Riley Newman (19.9%)
  • Lucy Kovalova (17.4%)
  • Federico Staksrud (8.7%)
  • Jill Braverman (7.6%)

College Player of the Year

College Player of the Year

Holy Shick! NC State gets represented by Collin Shick claiming best college pickleball player of 2023. Collin quickly rose to notoriety after playing with the Florida Smash Major League Pickleball Team and is definitely one to watch for the year.

Here are the full results:

  • Collin Shick (49.5%)
  • Jack Munro (21.1%)
  • Dylan Ciampini (13.2%)
  • Averee Beck (8.5%) Django Chassang (7.8%)

Pickleball Rivalry of 2023

Best Pickleball Rivalry of 2023

Pickleball wouldn't be the same without a good rivalry. After Riley Newman and Matt Wright ended their partnership in 2023, it's been a sprint for the pair to claim a title before the other. We don't expect this rivalry is going to go anywhere any time soon.

  • Matt Wright vs Riley Newman (25.1%)
  • Tyler Loong vs Tyson McGuffin (23.8%)
  • Jullian Arnold vs Collin Johns (22.6%)
  • Orlando Squeeze vs DC Pickleball (18.6%)
  • Salome Devidze vs Meghan Fudge (9.8%)

That's all folks!

We couldn't be more thrilled to have had a record-setting number of votes for the Dink Awards this year. Keep your eyes peeled on the players this year as we predict there'll be a lot of upsets and shake-ups to come!

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