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

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

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.

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:

North Shore Seniors League Season 7 Round 1 Standings

League Team Standings after one round of three (Nov 11/21)

1Nature’s Best8532
4Dream Team5505

Current Standings for the top 10 out of 22 leagues players

1Mazen KhoudeirDream Team 78
2David Clark-WilsonNature’s Best 712
3Deanna KastaWARRIORS 68
4Paul EdwardsWARRIORS 68
5Chris SayourWARRIORS 68
6Moe Haj JafariPARS 69
7Peter IsherwoodOLD DOGS 56
8John MclennanOLD DOGS  47
9Rosstam BastaniPARS   36
10Heidi JugryensNature’s Best  38