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Len Bogatin OAM Receives Australia Day Honour

Posted: 09-Feb-2016 by Athletics

Congratulations to Len Bogatin OAM - recipient of a very well deserved Australia Day Award for service to Athletics.

Len has been the President of the Maccabi Athletic Club since 1990 and was Vice-President from  1981-1989. He has been a Sports Organiser, Team Manager, Coach and Committee Member for 38 years.

Len competed as an athlete from 1967-1986.  As a competitor at the 1981, 1977 and 1973 Maccabiah Games, Len won 3 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals. Has won the most Maccabiah Games medals by an Australian track and field athlete since Australia’s involvement in the Games. 

He has been a member of the Standards and Selections Committee for Maccabiah Games from 1977-2013 and was a team Manager, on three occasions.

Len was inducted into the Maccabi Victoria Hall of Fame, in 2000. A Maccabi Victoria Perpetual Award was named in his honour in 2010.

Len Bogatin recently told J-Wire: “Like most recipients, you do not expect to be given an award for doing something you love, however, it is appreciated. After almost 50 years as a competitor, official, coach and club president, I still get a thrill out of seeing young Jewish athletes competing, training and aspiring to do something they enjoy. They don’t have to be world champions, rather, it’s all about the social interaction, relaxation and physical fitness.”

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Service includes:

President, Maccabi Athletic Club, since 1990; Vice-President, 1981-1989.

Sports Organiser, Team Manager, Coach and Committee Member, 38 years.

Athlete/Competitor, 1967-1986.

Club Official, 1986-2015.

Club Member, since 1967.

Member, Standards and Selections Committee, Maccabiah Games, 1977-2013.

Team Manager, on three occasions.

Organiser/Convenor, Victorian Junior Jewish Athletic Championships, 8 times.

Captain, Ajax Maccabi Athletic Club Team of the Century, 2002.

Inductee, Maccabi Victoria Hall of Fame, Maccabi Victoria, 2000.

Maccabi Victoria Perpetual Award named in his honour, 2010.

Member, Blue Zone Committee, Athletics Victoria, current.

International, National, State and Regional Athletics Competitor, 1967-1986.

Competitor (3 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals), Maccabiah Games, 1981, 1977 and 1973.

Has won the most Maccabiah Games medals by an Australian track and field athlete since Australia’s involvement in the Games.

Awards and recognition include:

Recipient, Volunteer Recognition Program Award, ‘for service beyond 10 years’, City of Glen Eira, 2008.

Recipient, Australian Sports Medal, 2000.

A previous recipient of the Volunteer Recognition Program award ‘for services beyond 10 years’ from the city of Glen Eira and Recipient of the Australian Sports Medal 2000, Mr Bogatin has been involved in the sporting industry for almost 50 years and is currently the President of the Maccabi Athletic Club.


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