MAI awards top sports stars

MACCABI Australia (MAI) has honoured the best Jewish sporting talent in the country at its recent AGM, which also saw a changing of the guard for the board.

International stars Steven Solomon (athletics) and Jessica Fox (canoeing) took out the awards for the Outstanding Jewish Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively, after their stellar performances on the world stage.

Young Melbourne Victory gun Jordan Brown was named the best junior sportsman, while athletes Elizabeth Baral and Jemima Montag were the top junior sportswomen.

Hockey veteran Norman Same and karate specialist Carole Schlessinger won the masters awards.

Maccabi Australia also recognised the efforts of the club representatives, with David Fayman (cricket and football) taking out the Outstanding Maccabi Sportsman of the Year.

Aspiring tennis stars Mitchell Maloon and Lara Kaplan won the junior Maccabi awards alongside soccer goalkeeper Jamie Brown, while lawn bowler Jack Kampel was named the best Maccabi Masters Sportsman and Adam Needleman the best administrator for his work with the tennis club.

Meanwhile, long-time MAI board members Tom Goldman and Sam Parasol, as well as Yvonne Fayman and Jeff Houseman, have all stepped down from their roles.

Lauren Ehrlich, Mikki Silverman and Phillip Sheezel will join chairman Barry Smorgon and incumbents Harry Procel, Sydney Kahn and Jeff Sher, as well as Maccabi state presidents Danny Hochberg (NSW) and Joe Dorfman (Victoria).

MAI is undertaking a formal review in response to the sexual abuse of club members which occurred in 2000, with the need to put in place formal policies and procedures across the organisation to ensure its members are protected.

JCCV president Nina Bassat will chair the review alongside Harry Rosenberg and Daniel Aghion, which has already led to the implementation of an integrity officer for the next Junior Carnival in Perth next January and a grievance procedure that will be finalised later this month.