NSW Maccabi Sports Awards

April 16, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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NSW Maccabi president Lauren Ehrlich has congratulated those honorees who gained NSW Jewish Sports Awards for 2019.

She said: “Whilst we are encountering unusual and challenging times with COVID-19, we are fortunate still to be able to recognise the outstanding achievements of members within our community online”.


Isabella Coghlan

Nahum Opit Memorial Trophy – Junior Sportswoman of the Year

Isabella Coghlan –  Swimming

2019 Achievements

  • 2nd Place 2019 Australian Open Water Championships
  • 2nd Place Cole Classic Ocean Swim
  • 1st Place Female North Bondi Roughwater Swim

Leo Kellerman Trophy – Junior Sportsman of the Year

Yonatan Freund – Karate

Yonatan Freund

2019 Achievements

  • Karate national Championships: National Champion 2019 (Gold)
  • National Opens event: Bronze
  • National Team Event: Gold
  • Gold: Sydney All Styles Karate Championships
  • NSW State Championships: Gold


Phyllis Glasser Trophy – Masters Sportswoman of the Year

Barbara Shotland

Barbara Shotland Lawn – Bowls

  • Eastern Suburbs District (ESD) Singles runner-up
  • ESD Senior Pairs winner (with Pam Stein)
  • ESD Pennant 1 winner
  • ESD Regional and State Senior 4s Winners
  • MAI Interstate Bowls Carnival 2019 – Gold medal Pairs
  • Skip of the Double Bays District shield winning team
  • Selected for inter-district & inter-regional games representing ESD
  • Through to last 16 in the 2019 Australian Open

Percy Weinstein Memorial Trophy – Masters Sportsman of the Year

Bert Rosenberg

Bert Rosenberg (z”l) – Tennis

2019 Achievements

  • Won AUS Nationals Senior Champs 85+
  • Winner B1 Singles, Maccabi Tennis Club
  • Competed at Pan Am Games, Mexico
  • Ranked 6th in AUS, over 85+
  • International Rankings:  Best Singles Ranking 45 in M85 Best Doubles Ranking 19

Bert sadly passed away very recently. We wish condolences to the Rosenberg family


Mick Brandon Trophy – Sportswoman of the Year

Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox Canoeing / Kayaking

2019 Achievements

  • 1st Place in C1 event at Sydney International and Oceania Championship Penrith
  • 1st Place 2019 World Cup Series, Prague
  • 2nd Place Canoe Slalom World Cup 4
  • 1st Place C1 Teams Final, 2019 World Championships
  • 2nd Place C1 Finals, K1 Finals, 2019 World Championships

Lou Rose MBE Trophy – Sportsman of the Year

Steven Solomon

Steven Solomon – Athletics

2019 Achievements

  • 1st in 400m, 2019 Australian Track & Field Championships (April 2019)
  • 7th Place 4 × 400m relay World Relays – Yokohama, Japan
  • 20th Place (sf) 400m, World Championships Doha, Qatar
  • 14th Place (h) 4 × 400 m relay, World Championships Doha, Qatar

Maccabi All Abilities Award

Matt Levy

Matthew Levy – Swimming

2019 Achievements

  • Bronze, 4 x 100 Relay IPC Swimming Worlds, London
  • 3 x Gold (2 World Records), 1 x Silver Nationals, Short CourseChampionship, Melbourne
  • 2 x Gold, S7 400fs and 200 IM, AustralianOpen, Adelaide
  • 4 x Gold, S7 Grand Prix, Brisbane

Maccabi Club Awards

Howard Silver

Louis Platus OAM Trophy – Club Administrator of the Year

Howard Silver – Tenpin

Howard is a long-serving Club President and leads an active committee. His Tenpin club competes in a weekly internal comp each Monday night. The Club also runs numerous competition events throughout the year. The club has seen a 25% increase in active members over the last 12 months.

Maccabi NSW Leadership Award

Adam Karras – Touch Football

Adam Karras

Adam has a long affiliation with Maccabi, including playing Rugby with Maccabi and competing at the 2017 Maccabiah.

In 2019, Adam took control of the Mixed Social Touch Footy competition, helping to revive player numbers & run the Winter & Summer competitions.

Adam also joined the Maccabi NSW board and took on the challenge of reviving a national mixed sports competition for young adults. Planning was underway when COVID-19 changed everyone’s plans, but Adam maintains this event will run and there is great interest in the event given it has been many years since Senior Carnival last ran.

Australian Jewish News Award – Club of the Year

Golf Club

The Maccabi Golf Club has an engaged & active leadership committee that meets regularly. Over the last 2 years, club membership has been revived to over 150 members. The club offers a full suite of events throughout year, including national & interstate events.

The revived Women’s Golf activities offer stand-alone tournaments (local & interstate) and as a result, women’s membership has increased significantly.

The club has engaged a younger adult demographic and has attracted sponsors & increased club revenue. Maccabi Golf had strong representation at Maccabiah 2017 and plans even more at the next Maccabiah Games.

The York Family Award – Team of the Year

Hakoah Youth Boys U16

The U16 Hakoah Team competed in the NPL1 (state league) Premiership.

They won their regular season Minor Premiership – a significant achievement and the first time the club has achieved this, however, were knocked out in the week 1 of the finals.

Coach: Luka Hrzina Manager: Geoff Ziman

Maccabi Volunteer Awards

Recognising the efforts & commitment of some of our many amazing volunteers with 5+ Years’ Service

Clive Sher – Basketball

o 7 years as a team manager
o Committeememberlast2years

Leanne Michaelson – Netball

o JoinedCommitteein2014
o Coached numerous teams from 9 years old to seniors o RNA Club Secretary 2015 – 2017
o PresidentNov2016-Nov2019

Kirsten Miller – Netball

o Held roles of both Umpire and Coaching Coordinators, often spending the entire day mentoring Junior Umpires

o Fantastic contributor to the Maccabiah Junior team, assisting with fundraising, organising schedules, training etc

Athol Chiert – Junior Soccer

o Vice President of the Junior Football Club
o CFO of the Junior Football Club
o Age Coordinator Under 6 through the Under 13

Salina Jamani – Junior Soccer

o Under6and7AgeCoordinator
o Committee member
o FemaleAllAgeCoordinator(promoting female participation)

Outstanding Contribution

Emily Koltai – All Abilities Program

o Admin support, communications & running all abilities events

Maccabi Volunteer Awards  with 10+ Years’ Service

Ed Wayne – Basketball

o Committeemember o President for 8 years

Lifetime Contribution

Howard Silver – Tenpin

o TenpinClubPresidentsince2013
o Been associated with Maccabi Ten Pin on and off for over 25 years o Grown club membership to current 22 teams (44 players) in 2019 – a 40% growth from over last two years

Ronnie Lang – Tenpin

o Been involved with Tenpin club on & off since 1986
o Assistant Team Manager at 5 Senior Carnivals & Sport Convenor at previous Junior Carnivals
o MaccabiTenpinTournamentorganiser1992-1995
o Committee Member for Tenpin Bowling Club for past 3 years

Myer Zamek – Tenpin

o Member of Maccabi Tenpin Bowling Club for 48 years
o Servedonthecommitteeforover25years
o CurrentlyVP&activemember
o Previously President for 4 years & held various other roles

Dave Myers – Rugby

o Involved for decades as a club man – helping field set-up, organizing touch games

o Currently manages Maccabi Rugby Team in the Maccabi Touch Football Competition

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