About Maccabi Triathlon and Cycle Club

An advertisement placed in the Jewish News in early 1990 by Steve Deneberg was the catalyst for the formation of the Maccabi Triathlon Club, which held its first race - a duathlon - in Centennial Park in May of that year. Paul Stone, a member of the committee which put on Sydney’s first ever triathlon, at Narrabeen in February 1982, become the first President of the club - a position he was to hold for 10 years.

From these tentative beginnings, the club soon made its mark on Jewish sport.

The club held its own events - a duathlon (run/bike/run) in Centennial Park in the colder months, and a triathlon (swim/bike/run) at Heffron Park, Maroubra in the warmer months, at regular three weekly intervals. In addition, its enthusiastic members began to compete at external events - with considerable success.

A quite remarkable statistic is that no less than seven members of the club have represented Australia in world championships (both triathlon and duathlon) in age group competition, and a swag of medals of all hues is testimony to the distinction with which its members have performed at the Maccabiah Games.

Husband and wife Anne and Michael Besser, who between them have won the Maccabi Masters Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award a remarkable nine times, both started their triathlon careers at the club.

Triathlon is a sport which can be enjoyed by athletes of all ages. The evergreen Paul Stone, now aged 71, is still competing regularly. But the future of any club must lie with its youth, and the present club committee is determined to encourage much greater participation amongst the younger members of our community.

In November 2011, a cycling division was added to the club, to broaden the club’s appeal to the dozens of Jewish cycling enthusiasts who do not do triathlons - the first ever Jewish cycling club in New South Wales.

This expansion took on tangible form when, in August 2012, the club officially changed its name to the Maccabi Triathlon and Cycling Club.

The Maccabi Triathlon and Cycling Club has a proud history, but looks forward to an even better future.

The club will hold its own races - triathlon, duathlon and other - at approximately monthly intervals throughout the year, as well as regular club bike rides, and its events calendar will be designed to give its members the opportunity to compete in the many external events (in Sydney and beyond) that are now available for enthusiasts of this increasingly popular sport.

The club is fortunate to have the support of its sponsors, each of whom is linked to an existing club member.



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