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Mazal Tov to the 2016 Maccabi Victoria Sports & Volunteer Award Winners

2016 Congratulations to our Maccabi Sports Stars


Winners of the 2016 Maccabi Victoria Sports Awards were announced last week,

The quality of our award nominees for the 2016 calendar year was outstanding and reflects the incredible talent in our community. We can be very proud of all winners and nominees.

Paralympic table tennis player Barak Mizrachi has been named Outstanding Jewish Sportsman of the year, Outstanding Maccabi  Sportsman of the Year and winner of our inaugural All Abilities Award. Mizrachi represented Australia at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

The Outstanding Jewish Sportswoman of the year was Martine Lewis Mitchell, who took 1st place in the over 40’s Australasian Natural Body Building competition in the fitness division, qualifying for the world championships in Toronto.

Gymnast Alexandra Kiroi won the Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportswoman of the Year award and athlete Piper Montag, won the Outstanding Maccabi Junior Sportswoman of the Year award, whilst Snooker player Marc Fridman won the Outstanding Maccabi Junior Sportsman and cyclist Riley Hart the Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportman award.

Master awards went to Transplant Games swimmer Annabelle Taylor (Maccabi), athlete Zac Ashkanasy (Maccabi) and swimmer Barry Carp (Jewish).

Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and Junior Australian Team cyclist Riley Hart was awarded the Rising Star Award.

Allan Rosen from the Maccabi Junior Cricket Club was named as the Outstanding Maccabi Administrator of the year.

Congratulations to all Award winners & nominees, a full listing of award winners is below.

2016 Maccabi Award Winners

Outstanding Maccabi Junior Sportswoman of the Year

Piper Montag – Athletics

Outstanding Maccabi Junior Sportsman of the Year

Marc Fridman – Cue Sports

Outstanding Maccabi Sportswoman of the Year

Not awarded in 2016

Outstanding Maccabi Sportsman of the Year

Barak Mizrachi – Maccabi Table Tennis Club

Outstanding Maccabi Masters Sportswoman of the Year

Annabelle Taylor – Swimming

Outstanding Maccabi Masters Sportsman of the Year

Zac Ashkanasy – Athletics

Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportswoman of the Year

Alexandra Kiroi – Gymnastics

Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportsman of the Year

Riley Hart – Cycling

Outstanding Jewish Sportswoman of the Year

Martine Lewis Mitchell – Body Building

Outstanding Jewish Sportsman of the Year

Barak Mizrachi – Table Tennis

Outstanding Jewish Masters Sportswoman of the Year

Not awarded in 2016

Outstanding Jewish Masters Sportsman of the Year

Barry Carp – Swimming

Outstanding Maccabi Administrator of the Year

Allan Rosen – Maccabi Junior Cricket

All Abilities Award

Barak Mizrachi – Table Tennis

Outstanding Maccabi Team of the Year (VIC)

Section 9 Girls –  Maccabi Tennis Club

Maccabi Victoria Rising Star Award

Riley Hart – Cycling


2016 Congratulations to our Wonderful Volunteers


Blake Street Shule was abuzz last Sunday night as Maccabi Victoria honoured its valued volunteers and the best Jewish sport stars in the state in front of a capacity audience at the annual Maccabi Victoria Volunteer Thank You/Recognition Awards and Sports Awards Cocktail Reception – held during National Volunteer Week.

President of Maccabi Victoria and MC for the Night, Joe Dorfman welcomed everyone and thanked and congratulated all Maccabi volunteers, the lifeblood of our organisation for the important and invaluable work that they do for Maccabi. Awards were presented to Club Presidents and nominated Club Volunteers.

Joe also spoke about some of the important projects being implemented at Maccabi over the past year and into the future, including Maccabi’s Member Protection Policy (MPP) and the Henry Jolson Pathways Program.

“The Henry Jolson Pathways Program which starts this year will ensure that our clubs will provide an environment where members can reach their full potential.”

Nathan Shafir OAM, who recently stepped down from the MVSF after 13 years of service was recognised and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his tireless, professional and loyal support of Maccabi Victoria as a Director of the Maccabi Victoria Sports Foundation. His commitment to our sporting community is exemplary. Harry Procel OAM, who is currently overseas, will also be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding contribution on his return.

David Southwick MP, State Member for Caulfield addressed the crowd and assisted with presenting awards.·

2016 Maccabi Victoria Volunteer Awards

Maccabi Victoria Club Presidents were presented with awards for their outstanding contribution to their Clubs and Maccabi Victoria over the past year. And each Club President then announced their Club Volunteer of the Year for outstanding contributions to their club.

Photo Credit: Les Neistat

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