State News

Back to News

WA Award Winners - Delayed but not Forgotten

Posted: 30-Nov-2020 by Maccabi WA


Ethel Finkelstein Rising Star Award for 2019 

Presented by  Life Member  Dr Marc Adonis OAM 

Presented to Aaron Levine – Chess 

Aaron is a talented chess player and a natural leader. He has shown great persistence practicing and playing chess at every opportunity, both for himself, as a member of Maccabi chess club and as part of the Carmel Chess team. Aaron's perseverance had paid off and he has improved tremendously since his first days at the chess club.  

Aaron won the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia interschool chess tournament, winning ALL of his games, coming first out of almost three hundred players! Together with Daniel Levin they led Carmel school to win first place for the first time. He won a number of open tournaments, coming first at his age group subdivision. While playing in these tournaments he had beaten players with a much higher rating, holding state titles for their older age group. He has won ALL the Maccabi chess club's term tournaments in 2019 ;and Aaron just won the Carmel chess tournament this week. 

Ivan Sharp Administrator of the Year Award 

Presented by Ruth Cohen – sister in law of Ivan Sharp 

Presented to Dawn Ott- Secretary Maccabi WA 

Dawn has been Secretary of the Executive for 2 years and took on the role of Junior Carnival Team Manager for Carnival 3 times. This is no easy feat to take a team of 50 teenagers on an interstate sports carnival and lead a team of 70 in a home state. 

Dawn took on the role of Maccabi Australia  Leadership  coordinator  organising/ interviewing / and appointing  the Youth Leaders for WA and in the case of our home carnival doing this Australia wide. She also organised a Youth Development Workshop which was invaluable for our own youth in preparing them for the Youth Leader role. 
She prepares all paper work for the Executive meetings and AGM and her attention to details is outstanding. Whilst we had no book keeper Dawn also took on this role helped us streamline our accounts system and  provide an organised hand over. 
Dawn’s knowledge and professionalism in administrative services has been a major contribution to the success of Maccabi WA in the last 3 years. 
Dawn works full time has 3 kids and a FIFO husband so having time for Maccabi is no mean feat. 

The Maurice Krasenstein Junior Sportsperson of the year award  

Presented by Peter and Rachael Krasenstein son and wife of Maurice 

Presented to Jacob Muir for Soccer 

Jacob was made Vice Captain of the Perth Glory Youth Academy. They finished top of the ladder in the 2019 under 20’s NPL league and also won the Football West Cup. 

Jacob was then  selected into an under 18 Perth Glory squad to tour Europe and the UK where he/they played against academy teams from Barcelona, Manchester City, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.  Jacob also played in the under 20’s and first team in 2019. He was also in the pre season NYL (National Youth League squad). 
In November 2019, Jacob was included in the Perth Glory squad that travelled to Singapore to compete against the Singapore under 23 national team. 
Upon their return they also competed against the Malaysian National team here in Perth. 

George Cohen Jewish Sportsperson of the Year  

Presented by Graham Cohen son of George Cohen

Presented to Laura Waltman - Soccer  

Laura won Football West Women's Gold Medal Award for the Women’s Premier League in 2019, a prestigious award earned by the player who won the most votes for their performance throughout the season. A joint winner with her Fremantle City teammate, Laura was the first defender to be recognised for this award. 

Her speed and reading of the game provided a solid base for Fremantle City to build from the back and she was often the start of their counter attacks. Whilst not the tallest player, Laura  very rarely found herself losing out to taller opponents due to her superb positioning and anticipation.  

She is currently trialling for the Perth Glory Women’s team for the season set to start on the 27th of December. 

 Laura has represented Australia at 2 Maccabiah Games  once as a Junior during Year 12,  and once in the Open comp. She has also represented Australia at the Maccabi  Pan Am Games. She  has a  Sport Science degree from  Curtin Uni. 



Maccabi WA on facebook
North Perth Bendigo Bank


Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest news