Maccabi Victoria honoured the best Jewish sport stars in the state recently, with Victorian netballer Joel Gocs and Melbourne Victory gun Ashley Brown taking out the top two awards.
The event was also used to recognise the work of volunteers from the 23 Maccabi clubs.
Gocs, 22, was named the Outstanding Jewish Sportsman of the Year, after having won the Trans-Tasman Test series against New Zealand with Australia’s under-23 side.
“It’s wonderful to receive this award for my sporting achievements,” Gocs told The AJN. “It’s a great honour.”
Brown, 18, won the award for the Outstanding Jewish Sportswoman of the Year after starring for the Victory in the W-League and playing six games for the Matildas, including a debut international goal against Haiti.
She was able to share the occasion with her younger brother Jordan, 16, who took the Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportsman of the Year, and younger sister Jamie, 14, who was named the Outstanding Maccabi Club Junior Sportswoman of the Year.
“It was cool that we could all go up there and share it together,” said Ashley.
Jordan added: “It does make it a sweet a moment, because we’ve all grown up in the same house, we’ve trained and played with each other, and to get awards like this in front of all these people is really good.”
Champion walker Jemima Montag, 15, was recognised for her wins at the state and national championships with the Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportswoman of the Year award.
Lawn bowler Gail Nadelman and hockey veteran Norman Same took out the Outstanding Jewish Masters Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year awards respectively.
Star AJAX footballer David Fayman’s outstanding 2012 saw him win the award for the Outstanding Maccabi Club Sportsman of the Year, while Asher Marks was recognised for his achievements on the track by taking out the Outstanding Maccabi Club Junior Sportsman of the Year award.
Harry Szmerling, who represents the Maccabi Toastmasters Club and has starred at several levels of competition, won the Outstanding Club Masters Sportsman of the Year award.
Maccabi Victoria also recognised its top administrators, with Adam Needleman named Outstanding Maccabi Club Administrator of the Year and Sharon Hamilton winning the Lenny Bogatin Award for Outstanding Service to Maccabi Victoria and Jewish Sport.
With thanks to Ashley Shenker and Peter Haskin, The Australian Jewish News.
Maccabi Victoria All Abilities Group Kay Schweitzer
Maccabi Athletic Club Adam Bogatin
Maccabi Victoria Basketball Club Mark Garkawe
Maccabi AJAX Junior Cricket Club Ian Jones
Maccabi AJAX Cricket Club Paul Fink
Maccabi Cycling Club John Gould
Ajax Amateur Football Club John Rockman
Ajax Junior Football Club Marie Keller
Maccabi Victoria Golf Club Nick Swart
Maccabi Hockey Club Andrew Lenga
Maccabi AJAX Lawn Bowls Sue Aarons
Maccabi AJAX Netball Club Rosalie Machlin
Victoria Maccabi Snooker Club Daniel Konefka
North Caulfield Maccabi Junior Football Club Sam Gamsu
North Caulfield Maccabi Soccer Club Daniel Opat
Maccabi Tennis Club Yaron Flicker
Maccabi Toastmasters Club Victor Kelmann
Outstanding Maccabi Club Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Outstanding Maccabi Club Sportsman of the Year
Outstanding Maccabi Club Masters Sportsman of the Year
Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportsman of the Year
Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Outstanding Jewish Sportsman of the Year
Outstanding Jewish Sportswoman of the Year
Outstanding Jewish Masters Sportsman of the Year
Outstanding Jewish Masters Sportswoman of the Year
Administrator of the Year
The Lenny Bogatin Award for Outstanding Services to Maccabi Victoria and Jewish Sport
Maccabi Victoria All Abilities Group Sharon Hamilton
Maccabi Athletic Club Len Bogatin
Maccabi Victoria Basketball Club Danny Samuels
Maccabi AJAX Junior Cricket Club Howard Machlin
Maccabi AJAX Cricket Club Leon Jacobs
Maccabi Cycling Club Nick Orloff
Ajax Amateur Football Club Ian Fayman
Ajax Junior Football Club Daniel Antman
Maccabi Victoria Golf Club Allen Garb
Maccabi Hockey Club Darren Krawitz
Maccabi AJAX Lawn Bowls Keith Faiman
Maccabi AJAX Netball Club John Gdanski
AJAX Ski Club Marcel Dayan
Victoria Maccabi Snooker Club Mal Gilbert
North Caulfield Maccabi Football Club Morris Ritz
North Caulfield Maccabi Junior Football Club Kevin Milstein
Maccabi Squash Club Richard Margolis
Maccabi AJAX Swimming Club Peter Bloom
Maccabi Table Tennis Club Jack Cyngler
Maccabi Victoria Tenpin Bowling Club Tony Aarons
Maccabi Tennis Club Henry Muscatel
Maccabi Toastmasters Club Danny Shafar
AJAX Maccabi Waterpolo Club Paul Fleiszig