Scotland go it alone

September 12, 2008

Scotland is taking its own team to compete in the Maccabiah Games for the first time.

Until now, Scottish athletes had been selected as part of the Great Britain team but the delegation is looking forward to lighting up the opening ceremony in their kilts.

David Shenkin, head of Scottish delegation, said: "This is my seventh Maccabiah and over the years I have seen the number of participating countries grow, and my wish has always been for Scotland to be one of them.


Braveheart history - be part of the home team

By Danny Caro, August 21, 2008
For the first time Scotland is taking its own team to compete in the Maccabiah Games, Israel 2009

Athletes from over 60 countries will take part in the Maccabiah Games and Scotland will, for the first time, have their own team. Keen hopefuls can register online at the new interactive Maccabiah Scotland website - just a few simple steps and you could be part of history!


Dreaming of my 2009 Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, July 4, 2008

This week’s offering comes from beach side Tel Aviv where I’m doing my best to avoid an infestation of jellyfish. It was here three years ago I had the proudest sporting experience of my life at the Maccabiah Games and it is here I plan to be again in July 2009 when Nigel Rothband will be leading his barmy cricket army for another medal challenge.


UJIA to sponsor Maccabiah team

June 13, 2008

The UJIA is to be the official team sponsor of Maccabi GB for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games. Maccabi GB plans to take its largest ever squad to the Games in Israel in July 2009. Up to 10,000 athletes will represent 57 countries in the largest diaspora gathering in Israel.


Maccabiah entry fees spiral

By Simon Griver, May 16, 2008

Participants in next year’s 18th Maccabiah Games will be forced to meet the costs of the event’s spiralling budget resulting from the strength of the shekel and the weakness of the dollar.

Meeting in Ramat Gan last weekend, the Presidents Forum of the World Maccabi Union decided to increase participants fees by $350 to $2,930. UK athletes will have to pay the sterling equivalent. Participants are also certain to be hit by rising fuel costs, given that the fee includes hotels and transportation in Israel but not air fares.


Israel calls

May 2, 2008

As the end of the league season approaches, attention turns towards the Maccabiah trials for the Team GB football and futsal squads that will travel to Israel in July 2009 for the Games.

Maccabi GB are sending their biggest ever football delegation including a ladies team and a Super Masters (Over 45s) squad for the first time.


We need stars who will bowl us over, say Team GB selectors

By Danny Caro, April 4, 2008

The search to find the best quality Jewish cricketers in the country has begun. Team Great Britain cricket Maccabiah co-chairmen Michael Ziff and Neil Myeroff are hoping to unearth players capable of bringing home medals from three competitions at next summer’s Jewish Olympics in Israel.

Following the success of Nigel Rothband’s open squad, who took the bronze at the 2005 event, the pair hope that the junior squad and first veterans delegation can shine.

Since GB started sending cricket squads to the competition in 1973, they have returned with three silver medals and two bronze.