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Tremendous Results for Club Athletes at the 2023 National Championships

The Australian Open and under 20 Track and Field Championships were held in Brisbane from 30th March – 2nd April …and what wonderful results for the club and Jewish athletes from Sydney.

A number of Maccabiah Games medallists competed at these Australian championships with some outstanding results.

Club athlete Emma De Jong excelled in the under 20 events – winning the silver medal in the 3000m final with a huge personal best time of 9min 41.32 seconds on the Thursday – then fronting up again over the weekend in the 1500m heats to qualify for the final in another pb time of 4min 32.38 seconds.
Emma went on to run a similar time to finish 8th in the field of 12 in the final. Just a terrific 4 days of competition!

Open age club champion (and Israeli 800m title holder) Shanie Landen, recorded a personal best in the 800m to finish an incredible 4th in the star studded final. Shanie took almost a full second off her previous best time stopping the clock at 2min 04.83 seconds. What a run!

NSW javelin thrower, 17 year old Tali Baltineshter, won the bronze medal in the under 20 event with a throw of 44.37m. Tali can still throw in the under 20 age group for 2 more years!

In the under 20 sprints, NSW athlete Zac Urbach ran well to just miss the finals in the 100m (10.90 sec) and the 200m (22.34sec) whilst Elizabeth Baral (NSW) also just missed the open pole vault final with a leap of 3.60m.

The 2023 Maccabi National Sports Awards were held last night on line.

We are thrilled to announce that not only did club athlete Ori Drabkin win the Victorian All Abilities sports award but was also the recipient of the Rudi Roth Scholarship – an annual grant awarded to an emerging athlete to assist them on the path to achieving at an elite level in their sport.

Winning the award for Open Victorian Sportswoman of the year was Jemima Montag  – and Jemima was also honoured with the Maccabi National Presidents Award, for achievements on and off the track., especially for her “Play On” initiative to empower girls to stick with sport.

The Athletics Victoria cross country season commences on 22nd April.
The club is gearing up for a strong representation in both the open men and women events.

The draft cross country timetable can be downloaded here:  https://athsvic.org.au/xcr_2023/

The Maccabi Athletic Club, together with our specialist consultants Club Builder 2035, is undertaking surveys and workshops as we prepare our next 5 year strategic plan for the club. This is a critical undertaking to prepare the club for sustainable growth and expansion over the next 5 years and beyond.
A members and friends survey will be sent out this Tuesday –  we ask you all to please fill out the survey when you receive it to support, assist and guide the club into the future.

The club wishes everyone a Chag Pesach sameach – enjoy the family gathering, the seders and the matzah..

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