Athletics

Tropp girls are head over heels

April 2, 2009

Amanda, Ashleigh and Katie Tropp have expanded the family trophy cabinet after recording success in the London Gymnastics Federation Acrobatics Regional Championships.

Representing Harefield Gymnastic Academy, the sisters, pupils at Moriah Jewish Day School, turned heads at East London Gym. Amanda, together with Jessica Gordon-Brown, won gold in Grade One after receiving a competition high score of 26.80. Their finish sees them qualify to represent London in the national finals in May.

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Goodman joins legends

March 26, 2009

Cross country

Richard Goodman won the Intermediate Boys race representing Middlesex Schools at the English School’s Cross Country Championships at Stamford Hall near Loughborough.

He finished the 5.4 kilometre course in 17:29 and joins a prestigious list of winners including Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram.

As a top eight finisher, Goodman has been selected to represent England in the SIAB Home Countries International Schools Cross Country in Bangor.

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National joy for Bruck

March 12, 2009

Roger Bruck took silver in the pentathlon at the National Indoor Championships.

He took the lead after the hurdles, putting down his improvement to specialist coaching received from John Barnett. Bruck retained his advantage after the high jump, long jump and shot put, but coming into the final event, the 1000 metres, the former European Maccabi 100 metre champion found the event approximately 900 metres too far. He was well beaten in this discipline and had to settle for overall second place in the five disciplines contest.

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Bruck’s on a high

February 12, 2009

Roger Bruck completed a hat-trick of wins by retaining his high jump title at the Southern Counties Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Picketts Lock, North London.

Coached by John Barnett, Bruck is the current British Masters Pentathlon champion.

He celebrates his 50th anniversary in the senior athletics ranks this year. In 1959, he won his first county vest, took gold at the European Maccabi Games in Copenhagen and claimed the first of his 13 successive 100 metres sprint titles at Shaftesbury Harriers.

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Good work

January 29, 2009

Richard Goodman, 15, came third in the South of England Under 17 Cross Country Championships in Hillingdon. He finished behind runners that were both a full year older him. In the Under 20 race, Goodman’s clubmate Sagie Benaim, 18, came 36th, helping Shaftesbury to the team bronze medal.

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Goodman puts his best foot forward

By Brian Sacks, January 14, 2009

Richard Goodman scored an emphatic victory in the Middlesex Under 17 Cross Country Championships at Trent Park, North West London. Making light work of difficult conditions underfoot and sub-zero temperatures, Goodman finished the six-kilometre course more than a minute ahead of his closest rival.

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Sport in brief

December 18, 2008

Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Richard Goodman, 15, won the combined Under 17 and Under 20 North Thames Cross Country Championships in Kingsbury.

Competing against runners-up to four years his senior, Goodman of Stanmore finished 55 seconds clear of the rest of the field. “Before the race, former world record holder Dave Bedford told me that I could be the next Dave Bedford, and that I had the perfect physique for cross-country and middle-distance. That encouragement inspired me to run what I think is one of my best races.”

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GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.

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Manny happy returns for novice daredevil

By JCReporter, December 10, 2008

First-time competitor Manny Cohen, 51, surprised everyone including himself when he finished ninth at the 2008-2009 British Bobsleigh Championships held at the challenging Cesana Pariol track in Italy.

The ex-Hasmonean pupil, who is chairman of the RM Group, joined top athletes including Dean Macey, Jason Gardner and Craig Maclean to compete against the GB Team.

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Big Macc squeezed on funds

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

There are fears that next year's Jewish Olympics could be scaled down as a result of the credit crunch.

The latest financial crisis engulfing July's Maccabiah Games revolves around the failure of the organisers to raise sufficient sponsorship funds due to the global recession.

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