Ten pin bowling dropped from the Maccabiah but Josh Small will go

May 17, 2017 by J-Wire Staff
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Sydney’s Josh Small father Greg died in the 1997 Maccabiah bridge collapse and he has followed his father’s footsteps in competing in the same sport ten pin bowling since 2009…but the sport has been dropped from the world Jewish Games.



Josh Small and hos fiancee Daniela who will go to Israel for the 20th anniversary commemoration    Photo: Facebook

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic collapse of a bridge carrying the Australian contingent to the opening of the 1997 Maccabiah resulting in the deaths of Josh’s father Greg, Warren Zines, Yetty Bennett and Elizabeth Sawicki together with injuries to more than 60 others after they had fallen into the polluted waters of the Yarkon river.

Sydney-based Josh Small had entered the ten pin bowling event in this year’s Maccabiah but now he will go as a spectator and to honor the memory of  his late father, accompanied by his mother Suzanne, sister Rebecca and his new fiancee Daniela.

The chairman of The International Sports Committee of  Maccabi Harry Procel told J-Wire: “Times change and there will not be ten pin bowling  tournament in this year’s Maccabiah due to a lack of  entrants. This Maccabiah will see the introduction of women’s lacrosse and the reintroduction of men’s field hockey. However, it is very meaningful to me that Josh is coming to Israel with his mother, sister and his new fiancee in spite of there no competition for him.”

Tom York,  the Head of the Australian delegation, told J-Wire: “I am delighted that Josh and his family will be in Israel for the 20th Maccabiah bridge anniversary service.”

The families of those who lost have their lives have been invited to attend the memorial in Israel. Family members  representing YettayBennett and Warren Zines will join the Smalls in Israel.



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