Maccabi hero faces fight for life

June 25, 2009 by Odile Faludi - Maccabi NSW
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THE man who turned the Sydney Kings into an Australian sporting icon during the 1990s and a much loved Maccabi personality is now hoping to provide more inspiration as he endures the fight of his life. Michael Wrublewski OAM has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer.

MichaelWrublewskiMichael this is a message from your Maccabi family saying “don’t let the ball stop bouncing”, you have always had so much passion to fight and we are behind you every step of the way. Michael has always had an enormous generosity of spirit which has made him a cherished Maccabi member.

Michael has always lived the life he dreams and Maccabi has been fortunate enough to be part of that dream. Michael is regarded as Maccabi royalty with a very long association within the organisation. He has always been a passionate basketball player. Through his love of the game he attended many Carnivals and Maccabiahs throughout his life as both a player and administrator and having senior roles within the Maccabi organisation. He is a Hall of Fame recipient, Life Member of Maccabi and even was the man behind instigating Junior Carnival back in 1979. He also has won the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Administrator of the Year Award in 1978 and was on the Organising Committee responsible for the XII Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1989. Beyond Maccabi, Michael was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1988 for Services to Sport and the Community. He has been awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. He was the Chairman of the Sydney Kings from 1987-2000 and he has been involved in the administration of major Sporting Events including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Women’s World Basketball Championships in 1994.

For all participants going to Maccabiah this year Michael Wrublewski serves as an inspiration as Michael has always risen to any challenge with an unstoppable determination. Maccabi NSW certainly wishes Michael, our King of Hearts, the very best and our prayers.

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