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WA Farewells Their Maccabiah Athletes

Posted: 10-Jun-2013 by Maccabi WA


A special evening was held at the Gordon Bloomfield Hall to farewell the 19 WA athletes, Managers and Coaches who are leaving in July for the Maccabiah games in Israel. The WA athletes join an enormous Australian contingent of 300 who will compete at the 3rd largest sports event in the world.

Our special guests of the evening were Ellana Aarons Deputy Head of the Australian team as well as local politicians Michael Sutherland MLA and Ian Britza MLA who presented the athletes with their uniforms and airline tickets. Ellana spent some time with the Junior team members giving them last minute information and explaining the training camp and accommodation to them. To add to their excitement Ellana explained the variety of cultural and social events they also have scheduled for them. Their enthusiasm was contagious!

President of Maccabi WA Alan Shear then invited the team onto the stage in small groups and read a small biography and asking them a question-we should all be impressed by the high calibre of our WA athletes. Many of the athletes thanked their families for their support and wished all the other athletes lots of luck and fun! Nearly 100 guests joined in this farewell with a lovely supper provided by Maccabi WA with mums of the junior athletes along with Joan Hillman and Debbie Silbert helping with the set up and preparation. We look forward to reporting the medal count after the games in the Maccabean – particularly the medal count of our WA contingent.

Mark Abramowitz -Coach Women’s Soccer
Joan Hillman -Assistant Manager Masters
Ivan Lazarus -Open Marathon
Malcolm Levin -Masters Swimming
Jo Loewenstein- Triathlon
Dan Mossenson- Masters Squash
Trevor Wainstein -Masters Swimming
Michael Zusman- Lawn Bowls
Rafael Gollach -Rugby
Julian Kesacoff -Soccer
Shayna Slotar- Netball
Raphaella Waltman- Women’s Soccer
Laura Waltman- Women’s Soccer
Zac Rosenberg -Junior Men’s Soccer
Danelle Terry- Junior Women’s Soccer
Michael Cohen -Junior Men’s Soccer
Eliza Sharbanee -Junior Netball
Gina Steinberg -Junior Netball
Gregg Osrin- Junior Basketball



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