Six Sports Identities inducted into Hall of Fame

November 12, 2012 by David Weiner-Maccabi NSW
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Some of the biggest names in sport gathered at University of New South Wales on Sunday night as Maccabi NSW held its fourth Hall of Fame awards.

Jack Ellison, Frank Lowy, Jon Pillimer, Bernie Gold,  Larry Cornovsky and Gavin Fingleson     Photo: Jack Hochfeld


Frank Lowy AC, Larry Cornofsky and Bernie Gold OAM received the accolade for their work in the administrative field, while Jack Ellison, Gavin Fingleson and Jon Pillemer were inducted for their exploits on the sporting paddock.

The gala event  held at the University of New South Wales featured dignitaries from both the wider political and sporting landscape.

Federal member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Kate Lundy – federal Minister for Sport, NSW Minister for Sports and Recreation Graham Annesley and a number of other dignitaries presented awards, while Sydney FC stars Brett Emerton and Terry McFlynn, Sydney Kings legend Shane Heal, and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Jessica Fox were amongst those high profile athletes in attendance.

It was Maccabi NSW’s fourth installment of their Hall of Fame awards, first launched in 2003.






Tom York, Jack Ellison and Graham Annesley                       Photo: Jack Hochfeld

JACK ELLISON: In the arena of freestyle water skiing Jack has accomplished it all including a World Championship Silver Medal and multiple State and National titles.  He is the holder of eight Australian records, and the youngest person ever to represent both Australia and South Africa at World Championships.


Jessica Fox, Gavin Fingleson and Ron Harvey                 Photo: Jack Hochfeld


GAVIN FINGLESON: Gavin was a member of the Australian Baseball Team for eight years; with the highlight being a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He became Australia’s first ever, Jewish Olympic medallist.


Lisa Borowick, Jon Pillemer and Terry McFlynn                     Photo: Jack Hochfeld

JON PILLEMER: After stints in England and South Africa, Jon was a Rothmans Medal winner in the NSW Super League in 1993 and 1994, before playing in the National Soccer League. He finished his distinguished career with 10 years at Maccabi Hakoah FC.



Lou Platus, Bernie Gold and Shane Heal                               Photo: Jack Hochfeld

BERNIE GOLD OAM: From the time he moved to Sydney from England in 1951 he has held almost every role there is to fill at Maccabi locally, nationally and internationally.

Glen Ella, Larry Cornofsky and Malcolm Turnbull              Photo: Jack Hochfeld

LARRY CORNOFSKY: boasts a 29-year career in International Hocky Administration, which has included involvement in each Olympic games, in various capacities, since Atlanta in 1996.

Tom Goldman, Frank Lowy and Senator Kate Lundy         Photo: Jack Hochfeld

FRANK LOWY AC: After a long and proud involvement with football in Australia, Mr Lowy is widely regarded as the saviour of the sport in this country and is the patriarch of the game. An inspirational contribution, too vast to do justice in a paragraph.

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