20th Maccabiah Israel 2017


Planning for the 20th Maccabiah Games, to be held in July 2017 is full swing.

Following the recent appointments of the Head of Delegation, Tom York OAM and General Team Manager, Nikki Burger, work has commenced on sending an outstanding Australian team to compete in Israel in 2017.

Tom’s experience in senior Olympic, World Championship and Maccabi event management roles combine with Nikki’s summer and winter Olympic sport management knowledge along with her experience as a Maccabiah Games athlete, to make a dynamic start to the 2017 campaign.

Nikki and Tom share a vision for the Australian Team that articulates their passion for athlete performance, participation and welfare, for Israel and for a legacy that will provide both athletes and the volunteers with a “life best experience.”


Provide a legacy for Maccabi Sport in Australia to advance and continue to prosper, supporting the mission of Maccabi Australia’s to “develop and strengthen the Australian Jewish community through sporting, cultural and social activities.”

Athlete Experience

  • Provide athletes with the best available support in areas of coaching, technical and scientific services maximising available resources (within limited financial resources).
  • Ensure engagement of people who will play an effective role in supporting athletes during the preparation phase and during competition, making a meaningful contribution to athlete performance.
  • Develop a positive fund raising strategy that will assist and benefit all members of the team and ensure the “best ever team” represents Maccabi Australia in Israel 2017.
  • Ensure that at all times the welfare of the athletes is the major priority.

Management Development

  • Establish a team structure based around centralised management under the direction of the Team Executive whilst meeting provisions for section managers to be adequately resourced and developed in order to manage the representative team effectively.
  • Ensure that the individuals selected to fulfil the key role of section manager have the appropriate management skills and are provided with opportunities to become fully aware of their obligations to the whole team as well as the individual athletes for whom they are responsible.

A Sustainable Future

Support the Maccabiah Games in 2017 organisation in the most positive and realistic manner and in turn, enhance the status of the Games and the Movement globally.

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