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Maccabi Welcomes Home the JCC Delegation

Posted: 20-Aug-2015 by Maccabi National

A delegation of 34 – 27 athletes and 7 management – embarked on the journey of a lifetime. A journey that was twelve months in the planning and the best part of three weeks in the making is now but a wonderful memory.

There was not only the sport…which included fantastic results, personal bests and a steep learning curve on and off the court and in and out of the pool. There was the camaraderie amongst the entire delegation – new friendships formed, existing friendships strengthened and an appreciation of what an overseas tour entails.

The delegation experienced American hospitality at its best, competed in first class venues, impressed all with their accents. They traded pins and Australiana with pros and shopped like there was nothing like it available in Australia. They attended baseball games, the rodeo, the everglades, the malls (several in fact for some), and the beach…all above and beyond the actual Games experience.

There were two opening ceremonies where inspirational appearances from Lenny Krayzelburg and Fred Berger (brother of David who died in Munich in ’72) stilled the large crowds and held the delegations captivated. And the two closing ceremony parties and the 7 000 Dunkin’ Donuts in Fort Lauderdale. None of this will be forgotten by those who attended.

In the end, the delegation learned about being part of a larger global Jewish community, a community that shares a love of sport, and a bond in faith. Head of Delegation Michelle Israel noted that “Maccabi USA, Maccabi Canada and Maccabi World Union combined to deliver these Games and it was a privilege to have been invited. “

Michelle stated that it was a honour to lead this delegation. “My thanks to the entire group for their enthusiasm, dedication and Rachmanus - their sense of sportsmanship and fair play. “

Maccabi Australia thanks Head of Delegation Michelle Israel, Welfare Officer Shelley Diamond, Team Managers Les Webb and Anthony Coghlan, team coaches, Max Kausman, Jarred Kieser and Guy Eylon, as well as Susannah Swiatlo and Caron Stein in preparing and caring for this team over the past nine months.  Maccabi Australia Chair of International Sport Mikki Silverman hopes “to see these athletes and volunteers continue their involvement in future Maccabi Australia events…90th Anniversary celebrations, Junior Carnivals, Pan-American Games and of course, the ultimate aim…the Maccabiah Games in 2017.” 

 
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