Marta Nykl 1935- 2023

A multiple medal winner at Seniors’ and Veterans Games’, Marta was so very well known, and loved within the Table Tennis Community, and she will be missed by so many of us.

We sadly learned of her passing earlier today, and wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to her family & many friends.

The following was posted by the family on Instagram @  

“With family and friends in close attendance, Marta Marie Nykl, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, matron of the Nykl / Deckert clan in BC, passed away peacefully December 1st, after a stroke suffered while attending a czech theatre performance six days prior. She was two weeks shy of her 88th birthday. 

Words don’t convey the loss and heartbreak it is to lose our mom, particularly the kind of mom she was. There are many stories to share and we will be collecting them for a Memorial which will be held at a later date in the new year. There will be more words by then. 

For now, please hold her in your thoughts and raise to her a private toast and prayer. We will have a chance to do so collectively at a later date.” 

Dobrou noc, mami.

“Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times.”
   -Vaclav Havel


To raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, Ping4Alzheimer, and Table Tennis for people with Parkinson’s in British Columbia on Saturday, September 9th, TT4EVER will be hosting a fundraiser tournament from 11am – 6:00pm at North Shore Table Tennis Club (1555 Forbes Avenue, North Vancouver) to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, Ping4Alzheimer, and table tennis for individuals with Parkinson’s in British Columbia.
We hope to see you there!

TT4EVER is a non-profit organization that aims to promote table tennis in the greater community through events, tournaments, and Ping4Alzheimer (a program that uses table tennis to mitigate the impacts of Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s in seniors). 

NSTTS is non profit organization that aims to improve quality of lives and physical literacy of those who are engaging in Table Tennis activities regardless of their age, gender, physical ability or disability. Table Tennis is Sport for all.  

9:30 – 10:45am Players with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer
11am Recreational U-500 RR and Main draw
1pm Intermediate U-1000 RR and Main draw
 3pm Open RR and Main draw

Entry fee: $35 players are to register in 1 event only 

Prizes for all 3 main events:
1st place $100, 2nd place $70, 3rd place $50

Register at the link below:

TT4EVER Fundraiser Tournament Registration (BC) – Google Forms

North Shore Seniors League (NSSL)

The North Shore Table Tennis Society and the North Shore Table Tennis Club are pleased to announce they are accepting entries for NSSL Season. 12.

Start Date: Wednesday September 27, 2023. End Date: November 29, 2023 (10 weeks/ 2 rounds). Entry Fee $30 per player:  Match Day fee $10 – Registration Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2023

Full Details & Entry form can be found on the League’s page

Senior’s Summer Challenge Ladder

If you have never participated in a ladder tournament, here is your chance.

On-line registration is now available for the North Shore Table Tennis Club & Society’s Senior’s Summer Challenge Ladder. Matches to begin on Monday July 24, and conclude on Wednesday August 30. Matches to be played at mutually agreed days/times either during the Monday & Wednesday Seniors Session, or during any other times the club is open

Since R2 Sports makes the Challenge Ladder software available at no charge, the only cost to participate is the usual drop-in fee when you play your challenge matches. That fee is $10 for Society Members, and $15 for non-members. 

For full details, and to register go to the Challenge Ladder Website:

What is a ladder tournament?

A ladder (or pyramid) tournament is an open competition where members play matches against each other and move up and down in the ranking as they win or lose.

Members of the tournament are listed as if on the bricks of a pyramid. The pinnacle is the highest ranked member. Immediately underneath, lie the second and the third members, and so on. Members of the tournament can challenge higher ranked opponents. If the challenger upsets the higher seeded player, the challenger moves up and takes the spot of the defeated player (that loses one position).

BC 55+ Games Zone 4 “Step Up Your Game” Table Tennis Clinics

When: Saturday, May13, 2023

Where: North Shore Table Tennis Club – 1555 Forbes Ave, North Vancouver

Registration: Free for members of the BC Games Society (annual fee $20)

Pre-registration is required. Contact Mike Dumler at: or 604-340-6774 for Games Society Membership form, and to pre-register for either or both clinics. 

Clinic 1 for Recreational  & intermediate Players –

10:00 – 11:00am Check-in, introduction to the BC 55+Games, and warm-up

11:00 – 1:00pm The Stance, Correct Techniques, Proper Grip, the Footwork and Drills to improve faster at Table Tennis as outlined below.

The GRIP Learning the correct way to hold the racket is essential. The correct grip allows you to develop your strokes using the correct technique

THE STANCE. The quickest way to tell the difference between a beginner and an expert Table Tennis player is how they stand. You will learn the correct position to every stroke.

Correct Techniques Every technique has starting and finishing position. Learn it so you can use it in game situations more easily

SWITCHING between Forehand (FH) and Backhand (BH) drills. Does your grip allow you to switch easily between FH and BH. Practising and right training drills will teach you recover easily between FH and BH

SHUFFLE Footwork – training drills to improve your footwork so you can make good position for every stroke. This is essential for developing your game.

Clinic 2 for Competitive intermediate & Advanced Players

1:00 – 2:00pm Check-in, introduction to the BC 55+Games,  and warm-up

2:00 – 4:00pm Pre-match Routine, Serves, Receiving Serves, Spin secrets as outlined below

PRE-MATCH ROUTINE. Proper warm-up & stretching to avoid injury, start with a clean racket & check the rubbers on opponents’ racket as they may have PIPS which produces flat and dead ball returns.

HOW TO SERVE and WHAT TO SERVE. This class will give you simple pointers that make it easy for you to start SERVING to WIN the point, and avoid serves which are easy to attack.

SERVING How much % of Serves in Table Tennis should be short vs long serves? What spin to put on short vs long serves? Beginning – Position – Backswing – Contact point and Follow- Through

RECEIVING AND RETURNING SERVES and UNDERSTANDING SPINS. Understanding spins is the key to learning how to receive all types of serves properly. Learning to identify different types spins by effect.





Coaching by and under the direction of Luba Sadovska, ITTF PTT Level 1 Certified Intro into Competition Base/Advanced Coach Competition Development Coach TTCAN Master Coach Developer, Learning Facilitator and Coach Evaluator.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport”, and the BC Games Society through the 50/50 draw.

More about the North Shore Open

FOR FIRST TIME EVER The North Shore Table Tennis Club and SOCIETY are hosting a tournament for players with all abilities and disabilities of all ages and playing levels. Players with neurological conditions (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer, Dementia, After stroke..) can register under PARKINSON’S+ category and PARA players – standing and wheelchair – are invited to REGISTER under PARA+ category. Depending on the number of registrants we will try to make appropriate groups. We welcome players with all mental and physical disabilities and If you know of someone who encounters financial difficulties to enter please email our tournament manager at We are constantly trying to break barriers to participation in Table Tennis and welcome everyone to play in our club!

Here you will find an inspiring story all about Table Tennis for people living with Parkinson’s, and here you can see participants with PARKINSON’S preparing for NS Open

Our previous post has detailed registration information, and an entry form for the 10 events taking place on SATURDAY Apr 29 and SUNDAY Apr 30, 2023 at the North Shore Table Tennis Club: 1555 FORBES AVE, North Vancouver, BC

Please Note: the deadline for entry is Monday April 24, 2023 by 8:00 PM.

2023 North Shore Open

(Non-Sanctioned 😊 Fun tournament)

2023 NORTH SHORE Open Link to Entry Form

Presented by: North Shore Table Tennis Club and Society

Date: SATURDAY Apr 29 and SUNDAY Apr 30, 2023
Venue location: 1555 FORBES AVE, North Vancouver 

Entry forms will not be processed unless accompanied by correct fees

Payments acceptable by cash, e-transfer to , cheque, CC# or dropped off at the NSTTC location
Tournament Directors: Pun Chu, Luba Sadovska, Mike Dumler

FORMAT – Events format best 2/3 or 3/5 games in R/R and K/O Main and Consolation draws (for Open Doubles only)


Name (please print):___________________________________  

Birth Date :____________________( YYYY/MM/DD)              PHONE:_____________________  Email: _________________________________


EventsEntry FeeDoubles partner name or other comments
9am RECREATIONAL Singles$30  
9am INTERMEDIATE Singles$30  
12pm OPEN Doubles$15each 
1:30pm SENIORS 50-70$30 
1:30pm SENIORS 70+$30 
3:30pm OPEN Singles$30 
SUNDAY April 30, 2023  
9am U-12 Kids Singles$30 
9am U-18 Youth Singles$30  
11am FunFAM Doubles$15each 
12pm PARKINSON’S+ Singles$20  
12pm PARA + Singles      $20  

I hereby agree to abide by all tournaments rules and all decisions of the Tournament Committee. I also agree to release The North Shore Table Tennis Club, and the Tournament Committee from responsibility for any loss, damages or injuries occurring in/during the Tournament.

Signature:__________________________   Date:____________________________

(Guardian signature if a minor)


It is the responsibility of the players to read the details of this entry form before submitting.

 *PLAYERS can enter any number of events not combining the same times

** FunFAM Doubles (This is Fun Family doubles event – Family paired players, grandparent-parents or parent-kid, siblings, uncles-aunts etc..) after initial games doubles will be divided into Consolation and Main draw)

*** PARKINSON’S Singles Category (very beginners to early risers anyone can join our 1st ever category for players with Parkinson’s, Dementia , Alzheimer’s or other neurological conditions)

**** PARA+ Singles Category (Standing and wheelchair disabilities will be combined in this 1st time ever event for players with physical and/or mental disability in our tournament)

TROPHIES and prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third places

Open to all players of all ages and playing levels and abilities and/or disabilities
The Tournament Committee may estimate the level of any unrated player and request that player move from one event to another more appropriate event. Events that have insufficient entries might be combined
Current ITTF Laws and Regulations will be effect.
All rackets must be one side black and one side legal colours with ITTF approved coverings.
Tie-breaks in round-robins will be decided by score of matches, games, points, only of those players involved in the tie.

Guide to Where to Play Table Tennis or Ping Pong in Metro Vancouver

If you are a casual or recreational Ping Pong player, or a more serious/ competitive Table Tennis player, there are lots of places to play in Metro Vancouver. To find the closest one to you, simply go to Ping Pong in Vancouver which has created the best Guide we have found on the web.

It also has tips for finding playing partners, and a public survey we think will also be of interest to players of all levels.

While at this site, we also recommend you check out their posts about outdoor Tables, and sign up for their Newsletter.

BC 55+ 2022 Victoria Games Zone 4 Lower Mainland Results

Thanks to the extended deadlines we had 20 participants and 6 supporters register for the 2022 Games. Unfortunately 2 participants had to withdraw, however the 18 who competed did zone 4 proud. 14 of us metalled in 22 events, and won 32 medals, 10 Gold, 14 Silver, and 8 Bronze. The remaining 4, while not winning medals, had some very competitive matches, with Deanna Kasta defeating the eventual gold medallist in Women 65 – 69 Singles – Competitive.

Contributing to our success was the Step-up your Game Clinics, and practice sessions sponsored by Zone 4, and hosted by the North Shore Table Tennis club. These and the coaching by Luba Sadovska were most appreciated by the participants.

2022 BC 55+ Victoria Senior Games Zone 4 Table Tennis Results

Gaskill Stephen                 Gold      1              Men 55-59 Singles- Competitive

Khoudeir Mazen              Silver     2              Men 55-59 Singles- Competitive

Agyeman Kingsley           Silver     2             Men 60 – 64 Singles- Competitive

Goldstein Laurent            Gold      1              Men 65 – 69 Singles- Competitive

Clark-Wilson David          Silver     2              Men 70 – 74 Singles- Competitive

McLennan John                 Gold      1              Men 75 – 79 Singles – Competitive            

Dumler Mike                      Bronze  3              Men 75 – 79 Singles – Competitive

Kim Won K.                         Gold      1              Men 80+ Singles – Competitive

Costello  Bob                       Silver     2              Men 80+ Singles – Recreational

Woo Wilhelmina               Silver     2              Women 75 – 79 Singles – Competitive

Yen Elaine                           Bronze  3              Women 75 – 79 Singles – Competitive

Nykl Marta                          Silver     2              Women 80+ Singles – Competitive

Clark-Wilson/Khoudeir  Gold      1              Men 55 – 59 Doubles – Competitive

Gaskill/Fung                       Bronze  3              Men 55 – 59 Doubles – Competitive

Agyeman/McLennan     Silver     2              Men 60 – 64 Doubles – Competitive

Dumler/Edwards              Bronze  3              Men 70 – 74 Doubles – Competitive

Kim/Costello                      Gold      1              Men 80+ Doubles – Competitive

Yen/Woo                             Bronze  3              Women 70 – 74 Doubles – Competitive

Juergens/Nykl                   Silver                     Women 70 – 74 Doubles Recreational

Woo/Dumler                 Gold      1              Men/Women 75 – 79 Mixed Doubles –

Yen/McLennan                 Silver     2              Men and Women 75 – 79 Mixed Doubles

Costello/Nykl                     Silver     2              Men and Women 80+ Mixed Doubles

Full results for all zones are available on the Games official website:

2021 CHRISTMAS Table Tennis Tournament Report

This was a Non-Sanctioned, Fun and Merry tournament presented by: North Shore Table Tennis Society in cooperation with the North Shore Table Tennis Club held on SATURDAY December 04, 2021 from 9am to 7pm at 1555 FORBES AVE, North Vancouver.

We had over 60 entries in 6 events, and extend our thanks to all of the players who participated. We also congratulate the winners who are listed below, and invite you to check out he Tournament website where you will find match details .

1Sammy Al-Himyary
2Arvan Abdolazimi
3Aden Al-Himyary
4Jacky Luan
1Borna Amjadi
2Harrison Belenkie
3Katelynn Chen
4Seyed Mehrad Azizikashi
1Hossein Ghazimoradi
2Mazen Khoudeir
3Sharookh Daroowala
4Grace Lisicka
1Yasser Abdolazimi
2Andrew Staehling
3Guy Macpherson
4Maurice Freikovh
1Hossein Ghazimoradi
2Sharookh Daroowala
3Grace Lisicka
4Sri Srinivas
1Arn Coleman
John Mclennan
2Paul Edwards
Chris Sayour
3Grace Lisicka
Sri Srinivas
4David Clark Wilson
Siamak Ebrahimi