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Maccabi 90th Anniversary 'Inspirations' Series

Posted: 05-Feb-2015 by Maccabi VIC

Suzy Javor - Maccabi Hall of Fame Legend

What can you say about somebody who is Australia's greatest Table Tennis player of all time, in the Sports Australia Hall of Fame, won 10 Australian Open Titles and won in excess of 200 Titles beween 1952 and 1972.

Suzy Javor's induction into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame links her with names such as Sir Donald Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Herb Elliott and Rod laver.

Suzy competed at the 1961, 1965 and 1969 Maccabi Games winning the Singles, Doubles and teams event on each occasion.

Is Suzy the greatest?

 I don't think there's too much doubt about that. 

Barak Mizrachi - Table Tennis Achievements

 The long-time Maccabi Table Tennis Club member was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, which affects the right side of his body. “The intention wasn’t to be groundbreaking … that was something extra,” said Mizrachi. “Because my right leg is weaker than my left, it effects my movement, but I’m left-handed so that’s not an issue, it’s just a slight disadvantage in my mobility around the court.”

Barak shared with us some insights into his career 

What are you the highlights of your career?

Representing Australia at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia – (Able Bodied Event)
Member of the National Para Squad since 2011 with Medals in multiple International Tournaments
11 time National Para Singles & Doubles Champion
5 time representative at Maccabi international Events

What motivates you to play sport?

A lot of hard work is required to train and play at a very high level. I train and compete against some of the best players in the country and it is always a very big challenge. Being part of the National Squad, competing overseas and the prospect of qualifying for the Rio Paralympics are also huge factors.  

What does Maccabi means to you?

Being a proud Jew, I was very happy to jump on board at Maccabi Table Tennis Club when I first started playing way back after my Bar mitzvah. I really respect the organisation that provides both competitive and social opportunities for anyone through the use of sport. I also applaud the organisation for taking a leading role in organising the Junior Carnival and participating in the Maccabiah Games!!

What impact has Maccabi  had on you?

Maccabi has purely and simply allowed me to travel to Israel and South America to compete in Table Tennis. I thank Maccabi Table Tennis Club and in particular Paul Bronstein who oversaw my early development in the sport. I still look to Paul quite frequently as he is a very important mentor for me. He along with my current technical coach, Mark Smythe, a dual Olympian, have both been great for my career development.

What ways  have you given back to Maccabi?

I provided a presentation to the All-Abilities Table Tennis Group which was certainly a fun time!!
I ran the Table Tennis section at Junior Carnival when it was in Melbourne

A message  for Maccabi's 90th anniversary

 Happy Birthday Maccabi! Thank you for the opportunities, and I wish Maccabi a continued strong friendship with the community for many years to come!!!

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