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'It proves you can make it through Maccabi'

Posted: 04-May-2011 by Maccabi NSW

 

There’s no better of example of Maccabi providing a forum for Jewish talent to excel than the winner of this year’s top prize.

Traditionally, the Lou Rose MBE Sportsman of the Year winner excels in mainstream Australian sport in a non-Maccabi pursuit.

But Jordan Mundell is as familiar a name as anyone in these parts – and that’s what makes this achievement more exceptional.

Mundell, 21, has earned a call-up to the Australian futsal side, while still playing his club futsal with Maccabi.

“You don’t really see this with any other sport, where Maccabi is the benchmark in state competitions and even the national competitions as well, as we’ll hopefully see with the F-League,” Mundell told Maccabi News.

“It’s a credit to Johnny (John Myers), the club and the sport.

“It shows what you can achieve and that you can really make it.”

Mundell is a worthy recipient of the year’s top prize.

He reached the semi-finals of futsal’s National Championships while representing NSW in March 2010, and was on track to make his debut for Australia in the Asian Cup in Uzbekistan in May until he came down with glandular fever.

Now, after representing Australia in the European Maccabi Games in June, his goal is to help Australia’s Futsalroos qualify for the futsal World Cup in Thailand in 2012, with qualifiers beginning in December.

“It’s very surreal,” Mundell added. “I only started playing futsal three years ago.

“To be training with the national and NSW side, it’s such a step in class, quality and intensity; it just gives you an indication of where you want to get to and how to get there.”

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