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Team VIC have a ball at Perth Junior Carnival

Posted: 31-Jan-2014 by Maccabi VIC

The 2014 Maccabi Junior Carnival held in Perth was a huge success. The 300 participants from Victoria, Queensland, NSW, WA and a New Zealander all had an amazing time, made life-long friends, had some great adventures and played lots of sport.

For the Victorian participants it all started on Tuesday 14 January 2014 where we all met at Melbourne Airport and boarded our Virgin Australia flight to Perth. Everyone was excited on the plane as “Carni” had arrived and all 116 participants were looking forward to the next 8 days. Our flight took off at 2.00pm (Melb time) and 60 minutes later (3.00pm Perth time) we had landed. After collecting our luggage, Team Vic boarded buses to transport them to the Maccabi Jewish Centre where their billet families were waiting for them.   

After the participants met their billets, the families took them back to their homes where they could settle in and freshen up before returning back to the Jewish Centre for the Opening Ceremony. The team marched into the opening ceremony behind Flag Bearers Nigel Appelboom & Jessica Zivin who carried the Maccabi Victoria state flag with pride.

Karen & Howard Steinberg (Carnival Managers), Mr Marc Adonis (Carnival Patron), Mr Alan Shear (President Maccabi WA) & Lisa Borowick (President Maccabi Australia) all welcomed everyone to Perth. Various speeches were made, national anthems sung and a surprise flash mob performed 'Let's Get Ridiculous'! It was a wonderful opening and start to an exciting week. Following the ceremony a Party took place at the Maccabi grounds where the children danced, partied and met other new faces.

Wednesday was the first official day of Carni where the Sports events commenced. The majority of the morning sports were played at the Maccabi grounds with only the Netballers travelling by buses to an Indoor Sports venue. The morning sports were played on a round robin basis and at the conclusion of the schedule all participants met for lunch at the Maccabi grounds. The air conditioned/wi-fi “chill out” room was a popular choice of venue to meet, chat over lunch and make new friends.

Following the break all participants were transported by buses to the Indoor sports venues for the afternoon sports schedule. When this was completed they were returned from the venues to the Maccabi grounds where their billet families were waiting for them to take them home for a rest, shower and dinner.

Day 1 playing sports had ended but the day wasn’t over as yet as the Social events were about to kick off. Carni’s first social was a Dance Party and although the air conditioning in the venue wasn’t up to standard, this had little effect on the children asplenty of “grooves & moves” were displayed on the dance floor.  

Day 2 (Thursday) was a repeat of the previous day with outdoor sports played in the morning, lunch at the Maccabi grounds, and then indoor sports played in the afternoon. The evening social was a Disco cruise on the Swan River.

Day 3 (Friday) was devoted to Community Day. The girls took part in an incredible community event, working with the ladies from the Uthando Project to make dolls for underprivileged children in Kwazulu-Natal. The boy’s community day included fitness training by the CSG, as well as a life-saving course offered by the Royal Life-Saving association.

It was a monumental task to organise activities for 300 children to engage in, but the organisers of the day should be proud of their efforts as community day proved very successful, enjoyable and for some a life changing day.

It was an early finish to Community day and Shabbat services were held at various Shules located in Perth. The majority of the Carni children attended the Shabbat service at the Perth Hebrew Congregation where Rabbi Dovid Freilich welcomed the Carnival attendees. Rabbi Freilich had the congregation in fits of laughter throughout the Shabbat service and next time you visit Perth ensure you attend one of his Shabbat services as it is something to experience!!!

Shabbat was a free day being a time to rest & relax. Following the end of Shabbat a “Foam Party” was held at the Maccabi grounds, an event to dance and get wet & foamy.

On Sunday we visited “Adventure World”, a water/theme park that had over 30 thrill rides and waterslides. It was 38 degrees that day so the waterslides were a popular attraction. Later that night a Pasta Night was held at the Maccabi grounds, a relaxing type of night following a hectic day at Adventure World.

It was back to playing sports again on Monday (outdoor in the morning followed by lunch then indoor sports in the afternoon). Monday night’s social event took place at an indoor/outdoor wave & pool centre. Water slides, inflatables and a wave pool all kept the carni children occupied.

Tuesday was the final day of the sporting competition, sadly it meant Carni was coming to a close. Finals of the sporting events took place followed by trophy and medal presentations. Traditionally the swapping of team shirts usually takes place at the closing ceremony but this time it took place at lunch time. At the indoor venues for the final afternoon of sports it was funny seeing the teams wearing either a VIC, NSW, QLD or WA shirt, somewhat confusing for team management/youth leaders/sports convenors!!!.

The closing ceremony was short and sweet. The flag bearer carrying the Maccabi Victoria state flag for the closing ceremony was Team Vic’s youngest competitor Jeremy Zivin. Each state then presented awards and for Victoria the “Nathan Hofbauer” award was presented to Maya Burstin & Matthew Beaconsfield. A few speeches and thank you's followed and then the Jocelyn Kann memorial flame was turned off to mark the end of the carnival.

Following the closing ceremony the Formal Wear Farewell party was held. A fantastic night was held, however a little sad knowing Carni was all over for another year.

Wednesday morning arrived and it was time for Team Vic to return home. Our flight was departing at 8.30am and despite the late finish to the final carni party, all the team arrived at Perth Airport on time. Some 6.5 hours later we touched down safely at Melbourne Airport. The parents were all excited to see their child home (or we hope they were!!) and Perth Carni was officially over.


Our thanks go to the Carnival Managers, Karen & Howard Steinberg, all of the Perth Junior Carnival Committee, the Community Security Group personnel, the Billet families, the entire Perth Jewish Community and finally all of the Team Victoria participants for making this carnival a huge success.

Check out all the fabulous pic’s taken at Carni by the Carnival Photographer “Julie” at

Roll on Melbourne……only 350 odd days to go to the Melbourne Junior Carni.

David Michelson, David Zivin, Nat Altman – Team Vic Management.

Alex Lehrer, Emma Kaye, Daniel Halprin, Ryan White – Youth Leaders.

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