Jewish Open Sportsman - Lou Rose MBE Trophy


Nominees:

Steven Solomon - Athletics

Steven grew up in Sydney and attended the Cranbrook school. After breaking the 30-year-old national junior record in the 400 metres in 2011, Solomon was part of the Australian squad in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2011 Athletics World Championships. He went on to achieve the rare feat of making the final in the 2012 Summer Olympics, placing eight in the Men's 400m race.

Solomon went on to study and train at Stanford University from 2013-2015 and also competed for Australia in the Maccabiah Games in 2013. In 2017, he competed at the IAAF World Championships and became the Australian 400m Champion.

David Horwitz - Rugby

Horwitz appeared in all but one of the Waratahs Super Rugby matches in 2017 and was one of their most consistent performers. He appeared mainly at inside centre which helped him to achieve a more consistent level of play, pairing nicely with team mate Bernard Foley.

Horwitz scored the game-winning try against the Melbourne Rebels in round 5 of the competition, in the final minute of play. Coincidentally, Horwitz signed with the Rebels later in the year for the 2018 season.

In October 2017, Horwitz played an exhibition match for the famous Barbarians team, against a side comprised of ‘classic’ wallabies. In the local club scene, David played 1st Grade for the famous Randwick ‘Galloping Greens’ in 2017.

 

Ryan Blumberg - Soccer

Ryan has been playing football competitively since he was a Maccabi Junior. His first achievement of note was being selected in the Eastern Suburbs Metro representative team u11 and u12. He played for Hakoah FC (football club) in the u13s and U15s, Apia FC U16 and U18 and then moved to Western Sydney Wanderers U20 team when he was 17. Ryan played for Western Sydney Wanderers for around 6 months until March 2016 and then moved back to captain Hakoah U20 premier league team as he could not cope with Western Sydney Wanderers travel commitments and his HSC. In May 2017 he was nominated by Hakoah head coach Mark Robertson to represent Hakoah FC at the Nike Most Wanted Trials. Ryan was selected as the Australian representative from 600 trialists and was flown to France to represent Australia at the Nike global trials. In France Ryan was selected as one of 10 players from 44 global trialists to attend the Nike Football academy in the UK for a minimum period of 12 months. The Nike academy is a professionally run soccer program based in England featuring international players of similar age and operated as a feeder academy for professional clubs around the world. Being halfway through Year 12 at the time, Ryan decided to take up this once in a lifetime opportunity where he would have to study along with playing football full time. While at the Nike academy he continued his HSC studies and completed his Australian HSC exams in the UK.

Whilst at the Nike Academy, Ryan was scouted by Charlton Athletic who are a professional soccer team in England and was given a 1 year professional contract for season 2017/2018 which concludes in June 2018. Ryan is currently living and playing as a professional soccer player in London. 

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