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Smaller becomes 14th person granted Maccabi NSW life membership

Posted: 21-Nov-2017 by Maccabi NSW

Elaine Smaller has joined an elite club after receiving life membership to Maccabi NSW this week. Only 13 other exceptional individuals have been granted the honour.

Smaller’s exceptional record as both an athlete and administrator for Maccabi was the primary drive for her addition to this prestigious list. Formerly from South Africa, her squash career took her to five Maccabiah Games – with medals won for both her country of birth and her adopted nation of Australia.

Reaching as high as no. 4 in South Africa for squash, a highlight of a career spanning two decades was being nominated to light the Maccabi flame for South Africa at Modiin, the site of battles fought by the Maccabees. This torch was then carried to the stadium where the 1981 Maccabiah opening ceremony took place. 

After moving to Australia, Smaller quickly established herself in the Jewish squash community – winning the Australian Maccabi Squash Women’s Title. Impressively, she was also a runner up in the O40 World Masters Squash Championships.

Off the court, her administrative work was just as impressive. Working hard on numerous senior and junior carnival organising committees, assisting with Maccabiah organising committees as well as serving on Maccabi NSW committees and representing NSW at MAI conferences over a nmber of years.

Elaine has sat on the selection committee for Maccabi NSW Sports Awards, participated in the Maccabi Australia Strategic Review in 2017 and along with her husband Peter through their company Southern Steel, has been a major sponsor of Maccabi NSW for many years.

“I have always believed strongly in the mission to maintain Jewish identity through sport and the wonderful role that Maccabi has played around the world in achieving this. I believe that those who play together stay together, that sport not only develops character but also helps to shape character to the benefit of the individual,” Elaine said of her passion for Maccabi.

Congratulations on receiving this honour, Elaine!



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