Jewish Open Sportswoman - Mick Brandon Trophy


Nominees:

Ariella Levy - Swimming

Ariella and her family have lived in Singapore and Hong Kong for the last 6+ years and she competed at the 19th Maccabiah in 2013 representing Hong Kong. Over the last 4 years she has trained with the Maccabi team in Sydney when here with family and with the intention of representing Australia at the 20th Maccabiah. She was the best performing Open Women's swimmer for Australia at the Games, having made finals in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke. She then backed it up with her gold medal performance in the Open Womens 1.5km Open Water Race.

After the Maccabiah, Ariella's family returned to Australia and she began competing for Maccabi in local events. Ariella had an outstanding meet at the 2017 NSW State Age Championships where she placed 4th in finals for both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke in the 17-18yrs age division.

Jessica Fox - Slalom Canoe/Kayak

At the 2017 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau, France, Jess finished outside the medals in her favored C1 event due to a time penalty, however the next day she roared to a surprise victory in the K1 event, after qualifying for the final in 19th place.

  • October 1, 2017: World Champion – Winner K1 (world slalom championship in Pau, France)
  • January 2017: Australian National Slalom Championships - C1 & K1 Winner

Jessica has won Maccabi Australia’s Outstanding Jewish Sportswoman award for the past 5 years. Having parents who were both involved in the sport, Jess grew up by the river. Her parents are both Olympians. Her father, Richard, competed for Great Britain at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and was a 5-time World Champion. Her mother, Myriam, competed for France at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, winning bronze in Atlanta in the K1 and was a 2-time World Champion.

Jess debuted at the Olympics in 2012 and produced one of the surprises of the London Games as the 18-year-old paddled to silver in the K1 event, outgunning all but one of her more experienced rivals.

To date, Jess has claimed 11 world titles across 14 world championship appearances, all by the age of 23. 

Ashleigh Werner - Bobsleigh/Rugby

Not many people can say they fell into their Olympic career “totally by accident” but that’s exactly what happened to PyeongChang 2018 hopeful, Ashleigh Werner. “A friend of mine said the Aussie Bobsleigh Team were looking for strong, fast athletes to help test their data sets, as they wanted to update their standards and said I should come along,” Werner said. The 24-year-old, who had never watched a live bobsleigh race before in her life, was training with the NSW Rugby Sevens squad at the time but her sporting career was quickly flipped upside down when she found herself on the other side of the world watching the Canadian Bobsleigh National Trials.

2017: Rugby

  • Played for the south region in the Chilean National 7s League o Player of the tournament for 2 reginal tournaments
  • Top try scorer for 1 regional tournament

Bobsleigh:

  • Made Australian Team
  • Competed in North Americas Cup Race in Whistler #1 (placed 8th) o Competed in North Americas Cup Race in Whistler #2 (placed 11th) o Competed in North Americas Cup Race in Calgary #1 (placed 10th) o Competed in North Americas Cup Race in Calgary #2 (placed 10th) o Competed in North Americas Cup Race in Park City #2 (placed 14th) o Shadow Team for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea

2018: Bobsleigh:

  • Competed in Europa Cup Race in Igls (placed 10th)
  • Achieved Number 1 Brakeman for Australia for 2017/18 Season
  • Forerunner for St. Moritz World Cup
  • World Junior Championships 2018 (placed 11th)
  • European Junior Championships for 2017/18 Season (placed 5th)
  • Qualified for 2018 Winter Olympics (political issues meant we were not sent) 

Chani Charak – Football/ Futsal

At the 2017 National Futsal Championships, Chani won her second of three national futsal titles in the Women’s U19 division. In 2016 she represented NSW Lightning (the NSW development team) and in 2017 & 2018 represented NSW Thunder (the NSW A team).

Chani played half the 2017 futsal season with the Mascot Vipers, before spending the majority of the year in Israel.  In her 7 games for the U17 team she scored 7 goals, placing her in the top 12 goal scorers for the competition; and her goal per game strike rate was equal highest in the competition. Chani was also a key part of the Mascot Vipers women’s team, who went on to be competition premiers and champions.

In Israel, Chani joined the Maccabiah junior women’s team as a top age player and play maker helping to lead the team through the pool rounds to the bronze medal play-off game, the best result for an Australian junior team to date and equaling the open age team’s best result in 2013. Whilst in Israel, Chani joined the Israel national soccer program and has been invited to join the program on a permanent basis.

Chani has been playing football since she was five years old, for many years for Maccabi before making the move to representative competition to play futsal with Mascot Vipers in Futsal Premier League 1 and outdoor football for North West Sydney Koalas and now North Shore Mariners in Women’s National Premier League 1. 

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