…and the winner is

May 7, 2012 by David Weiner-Maccabi NSW
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The NSW Maccabi annual awards will be announced this week. J-Wire publishes the nominees.

Lou Rose MBE Sportsman of the Year

Steve Solomon

Steven Solomon has had quite an incredible year, capped off by winning the Australian Open 400 metre title. His achievements were: 2011 Australian Open 400m Champion, 2011 Australian Junior 400m Champion, 2011 Australian World Championship representative 4x400m Relay, 2011 CAS 200m Record Holder.

Anthony Tockar

Anthony Tockar qualified as member of the South Pacific team to compete in the 10th World Open Karate Tournament in Tokyo in November 2011.

192 of the world’s 13 million karate members fight at this championships, and Anthony is the first Jewish karateka ever to have been selected for the South Pacific team in the 36-year history of the World Open Karate Tournament.

Nahum Opit Memorial Trophy Junior Sportswoman of the Year

2010 winner Toni Sharp has achieved state or representative levels in basketball, touch football and athletics; remained a vital member of Maccabi’s futsal club and the Kanga Cup winning Dragons, while still excelling academically at school. She is an active participant in Maccabi, and received the Junior Maccabi Carnival NSW Award in 2011.

In 2011 Deborah Greenbaum represented NSW in the Australian Championships in four different sports: aerobic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics, cheerleading and dance.

Elizabeth Baral is a pole vaulter and finished 2011 as national champion in her age group (U14) for both the association (club) based championships in March in Sydney and schools based championships in December in Brisbane.

Lara Kaplan is currently ranked 1st in NSW (and 5th nationally) for her age group and was ranked No 1 in NSW at the end of 2011.

Samantha Kadar is a synchronized skatar who was qualified in 2011 to be a part of the Majestic Ice Junior Synchronized Skating Team at the ISU 2012 Junior World Challenge Cup, in Gothenburg, Sweden March 2012.

Jenna-Rose Gold swam at the NSW State Age Championships, earning a berth in four finals for the 16 years age group, grabbing bronze in the 50 free. She also competed at the Australian Open Nationals, and Australian Age Championships, where she picked up top 20 performances.

Leo Kellerman Junior Sportsman of the Year

Tennis young gun Mitch Maloon represented CIS, NSW, NSW Metro in 2011, was selected for the Davis Cup Junior Development squad against Switzerland and finished the year as the No.2 player in NSW in his age group, No.12 in Australia. Mitch qualified for two national championships last year, in and amongst other great tournament results.

Project 22 squad member Braid Paikin represented NSW under-13s at the Futsal National Championships and was vice-captain of the NSW outdoor side that won the national champs.

14-year-old swimmer Kyron Israelsohn swam at the NSW winter State Age Championships, finishing in the top-ten in three events, coming second in the 50 free. At the National Age Long Course Champs in Adelaide, Kyron finished top-20 in the 50 and 100 free events.

Year 11 Scots student David Horwitz received the highest possible accolade in Schoolboy rugby when he was selected in 2011 as a member of the Australian Schoolboys rugby team to play Test matches against England and New Zealand.
Percy Weinstein Memorial Trophy Master Sportsman of the Year

Paul Stone continued to be a tireless triathlete in 2011, blitzing the field at events in Kurnell and Penrith.

Masters tennis player Paul Ehrlich came home from the Pan America Games in Brazil with four medals, including gold in the open men’s doubles with David Sofear.

Michael Besser O.A.M 2011 CV is unsurprisingly packed with success, finishing the Cole Classic ocean swim, Huskisson Long Course triathlon, Sydney Half Marathon, Noosa Winter Festival, Yeppoon Half Ironman, Australian Masters Games and Busselton Ironman Western Australia in inspirational times.

Amongst a host of impressive results in 2011, golfer Roy Van DerSluis represented Australia against New Zealand in Sanctuary Cove Trophy (undefeated in the series) – in the Australian Seniors Team, represented Australia in three man team Asian Pacific Championship in Perth (finished tied for first in individual event), won 2011 NSW State Senior Foursomes Championship and was ranked No.3 best Senior Amateur in Australia in 2011.

Phyllis Glasser Trophy Master Sportswoman of the Year

Anne Besser’s year was filled with exciting achievement: Cole Classic swims, Noosa Winter festival, Australian Masters Games cycling, 200km Around The Bay in a Day in Melbourne.

In the Sydney Half Marathon in May 2011, Viv Wiener came first out of 24 women in the 60-69 female age group. Then, despite tearing hamstring a fortnight before the Blackmores Half Marathon, Viv still claimed first place – achieving her goal to win both events when she turned 60!

Louis Platus OAM Trophy Club Administrator of the Year

Michael America has been the cornerstone of the success at our Eastside Basketball Club, dedicating hours per day to fulfil his vision.

David Taylor, who has just completed his first year as President of the Triathlon Club, has shown himself to be something of a revelation and a potential asset for the Maccabi organisation as he’s not only revived this club but returned it to a position of strength.

The Debi Weiss-Lauren Ehrlich duo earn another nomination this year, for continuing to build a club that is professionally run, has a great hierarchy and organisational structure and a strong program for coaching and umpiring within the club.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Administrator of the Year

Justin Shelton – Junior Carnival Manager, who led 235 participants and 12 managers on Melbourne Carnival, all while maintaining his role as Maccabi NSW Tenpin Bowling Club Centre Delegate.

What hat hasn’t Peter Grunfeld worn? In 2011, which started with the final few days of his role with MAIGS, Peter managed our senior Futsal side, was Australia’s Head of Delegation at the 13th Maccabi European Games in Vienna, Football Operations Manager for Maccabi Hakoah Feds FC, first grade manager and the club’s representative on Football New South Wales’ Div 2 Standing Committee, FNSW Club Person of the Year 2011, Board member of the Maccabi NSW as Vice President, Board member of Hakoah Club.

Australian Jewish News – Michael and Betty Golland Trophy   Club Team of the Year 2011

Futsal Men’s All Age Super League Team (New Zealand National title, Vienna European Maccabiah– gold medal winners, F League – Australian National title including qualification for Asian Football Cup, Super League winners)

Hakoah Maccabi Feds Football Division One YDL Under-13 (Grand Final Champions)

Maccabi Hakoah Junior Football Club under-13 girls Dragons (Kanga Cup champions – first Maccabi team to achieve this)

Australian Jewish News Club of the Year 2011



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