Israeli Paralympian to compete in Sydney Jewish championships

February 13, 2014 by Deb Grunfeld
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One of Israel’s most decorated Paralympic swimmers, Hanoch Budin, 51, will take the plunge and join Sydney’s best at the Jewish swimming championships this Sunday, Feb. 16.

Hanoch Budin

Hanoch Budin

Budin, a two time gold-medallist, will compete in the 50m freestyle and the 50m breaststroke events, along with swimming-enthusiasts of all ages, at the annual meet to be held this year at the Sydney University pool.

Former Israeli soldier Budin lost an arm in the Lebanon conflict and was able to develop his Paralympic potential with the aid of ZDVO, an organisation that helps the 50,000 injured soldiers and victims of terror. This important charity assisted Canadian-born Budin and injured veterans like him, with access to swimming facilities, coaches and scholarships to fund training and competition costs.

Now a celebrity in Israel, and having competed on the country’s take on reality show Survivor, Budin is able to use his credentials to help out ZDVO, and is in Australia with fellow injured veteran Ori Mandelboim to support the charity, which is holding movie-night fundraisers on Sunday and Monday evenings.

For more information on how to donate to ZDVO or to buy fundraiser tickets, www.zdvo.com.

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