About Us

The club was founded in 1972 as The Emmaus Table Tennis Club (ETTC), became the Allentown Table Tennis Club (ATTC) in 1983, and later became the Allentown/Lehigh Valley area Table Tennis club (ALVaTTc) in 1989.  The club plays twice weekly at the Allentown YMCA/YWCA on six Stiga/Harvard tables and perhaps has the best lighting in the U.S. (maybe the world). 
Nightly attendance varies from 15 to 25 players including some with USATT ratings ranging from 200 to over 2400 (ability levels novice through advanced) and ages from 8 to 80.
 
The club has run many tournaments in the past including the memorable 1977 Pennsylvania State Closed.  Up until 2007, that tournament held the record for the most entrants (137) at any U.S. state tournament.  Players still compliment the organizers on the personalized plaques with their picture(s) included.  Many notable tournament entrants and/or club visitors include the late Sam Balamoun, Bill Sharpe, Sol Shiff (former USATT president), and Karl Szakacs.  Also Dr. Jiing Wang (former USATT Exec VP), Eric Boggan, George Braithwaite, Mike Bush, Lim Ming Chui, Rich DeWitt, Lennox Douglas, Eric Eisley, Vladimir Iodkovskiy, Wally Green, Hamid Hayatghiab, Mike Leshinsky, Steve Lowry, Parvis Mojaverian, Marcus Jackson, Raghu Nadmichettu, Joe Scheno, Gabriel and Macaiah Skolnick, Rich Burnside, Randy and Ricky Seemiller, Stanley Smolanowicz, Christoph Teille, Marius Weschler and John Wetzler.  More recently, our club was honored to have Poland's Marek Luczaj and two players from Germany, Anton Feld and SportsFest XI Top Gun Champion Nicolas Emmerling included in our weekly play nights.  In 2016, Sherif Shoela (via Egypt) has periodically been attending open play nights plus participating in our bi-annual tournaments and capturing more hardware than he can carry home to Egypt.
 

Fred Kistler, club treasurer/coordinator
 

Club play night at ALVaTTc

Our club currently now host TWO major (1) Table Tennis tournament per year and both will be NON USATT 'sanctioned' events. 
Our annual Lehigh Valley SportsFest tournament is held in mid July.
The other
TBA is EITHER our Spring Classic tournament held in late March OR the Holiday Classic held 'around' the New Year.
These
tournaments cater to all age and ability level players and both feature 10 singles and doubles events and are in-expensive  . 
Awards are trophies with CA$H awarded in the highest ability level events.
Note: SportsFest is an annual three-day sports extravaganza held city wide that draws over 12,000 participants in over forty sports including basketball, boxing, swimming, volleyball,  wrestling, etc.  Admission is free to the over 150,000 spectators.  For more information see www.sportsfest.org under Table Tennis.
 
The Allentown Lehigh Valley area Table Tennis Club is Paralympic friendly and proudly promotes both standing disabled and wheelchair play at both club and tournament levels.
 

Club president, Noga Nir-Kistler with Jennifer Johnson medallists at 2003 U.S. open in class 4/5 team event
 

Paralympic Players: Noga Nir-Kistler, David Snyder, Elliott Sanchez, Miho Iwakuma.  Standing in rear: Fred Kistler -coach.  
 

Profile of the President

Member of the 2008 USA Paralympic Table Tennis team, Noga was USA ranked # 1 Paralympic Table Tennis female and World ranked # 8 in Class five (which solidified her participation in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China). 

In 2010, Noga won Gold and Silver medals in Costa Rica, two Silver medals at the 2007 Para-Pan-American Games in Brazil and with partner Pamela Fontaine, won a Bronze medal in the 2007 U.S. Open Paralympics Team event.  Also in 2007, she captured three Gold and three Silver medals in Argentina. 

At the 2006 U.S. Open Paralympics, Noga placed first in Women's Singles and second in Women’s Teams. 

In 2003, she teamed with Jennifer Johnson to win a Silver medal at the U.S. Open Paralympics championships. 

Noga was MVP of SportsFest V with five Gold medals and voted MVP of the 2001 PA Keystone State Games. 

Although she continues to play Table Tennis twice weekly at our ALVaTTc, in 2010, Noga opted to pursue her 'other' love, swimming!  She tried out for the USA Paralympic Swim Team but wasn't up to par with the extreme high level of competition.  After two gruelling years of hard work and dedication, Noga again tried to make the USA Paralympic Swim Team.  This time she was successful.  Noga later won two Gold medals in the Can-Am Swim meet and proceeded to represent the U.S.A. in the 2012 Paralympics in London, breaking two U.S. records in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke and eventually returned home with a Paralympic BRONZE Medal!  

Noga competed in the 2013 Paralympic Swimming WORLD Championships held in Canada and captured two SILVER medals and two BRONZE medals and actually broke her own USA record.... for the third time.... in the 100m Breaststroke.

Most recently, after recuperating from some health issues, in April 2015, Noga entered three events in the Can-Ams Para Swim Competition and brought home three GOLD medals which guaranteed her status to once again compete in the Paralympic Swimming WORLD Championships.  Her next goal was Rio De Janerio, Brazil to compete in the 2016 Paralympics, however, sadly, another medical issue reared its ugly head which hindered her from participating.  Next goal is...JAPAN 2020?

 

 


 
 

 Warming up at the Club

 

 2003 US Open

 

 2006 US Open

 
 

Noga with her TWO 

2007 Para Pan Am Silver Medals 

 

The 2006 U.S.A. Paralympic Team