Maccabi to aid elite athletes

November 16, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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Maccabi Australia has launched the Rudi Roth Maccabi Australia Scholarship Fund.

Maccabi290If you are an athlete paving your way to compete at the elite level, Maccabi would love to be part of your journey and support you in achieving your goals.

If you are keen to see emerging Jewish athletes succeed, you can donate to the Rudi Roth Scholarship Fund allowing the Fund to either contribute more to the chosen athlete or if there is a particular interest you have, the Fund can support more athletes. Donations via the Australian Sports Foundation are tax deductible.

About Rudi Roth

Rudi was the first Australian Jewish squash captain. He had an illustrious squash career as a young adult in NSW, founding JASA Squash while captaining the Eastern Suburbs Squash Club. He also played an instrumental role in the development of AJAX Squash Courts in Alma Rd, Melbourne, named as a founder of the AJAX Squash Club in Victoria, which later became known as the Maccabi Victoria Squash Club. He was not only the Club’s first secretary, but also its first Captain. Soon after the Club’s creation and acceptance into pennant competition, the Club won its first ever Victorian Flag, a first for a Jewish sporting club at that time. Rudi’s complete CV is attached

Having overcome Rickets at age 12, undergoing six operations and then re-learning how to walk, Rudi was not sure he would ever walk, let alone succeed in squash at the highest level. To this end, Rudi is keen to support emerging athletes, with their eye on elite status.

The Scholarship Fund

The Rudi Roth Maccabi Australia Scholarship Fund will make a single grant each year to emerging athletes to assist them on the path to achieving at an elite level. The first grant will be made in January 2015 and will be awarded to the individual who best fits the criteria, and is deemed the most deserving by the selection panel.

A selection panel of three (3) people has been established, who will review all applications, short list the candidates and meet with them. This panel will be chaired by Rudi’s nephew Sonney Roth and consist of members of the Maccabi Australia Board and Board of Governors.

Application information and eligibility criteria can be found at and is attached here for your information.

Go to to find out more and to make an application.

For more information about the scholarship or donating to the Fund please contact Ellana Aarons, Executive Director Maccabi Australia on (03) 9563 5865 or

Who was Rudi Roth?


Founding member of the first Australian Jewish Squash club in Melbourne 1952



  • 1st captain of the Ajax (Maccabi) Squash Club
  • Honorary Secretary of the Club
  • Captain and #1 player in first pennant team
  • Runner-up in first club championships



  • Winner of Israel’s 1st International Squash Tournament
  • Winner of Israel’s Airforce Squash Championships



  • Winner of London Invitation Championships



  • Founded the JASA (NSW Maccabi) Squash Club
  • President of the Club 1957, 1958, 1959
  • Winner of the Eastern Suburbs Championships 1957/58/59
  • Winner of JASA Club Championships 1959
  • Winner of the NSW State “B” Grade Open Championships 1957
  • Winner of the NSW State “A Reserve” Open Championships 1958
  • Represented and captained the Eastern Suburbs Squash Club against the touring Great Britain Team
  • Winner of the NSW Jewish Squash Championships 1959
  • Retired from competition squash 1963


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