Swimming

Team GB name 35-man squad for JCC Games

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Following a successful trip to San Francisco last year, Maccabi GB has selected a 35-man squad that will travel to Denver for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games in August.

Team GB has participated in the event for 16 consecutive years with more than 1,000 young people taking part in the largest event for Jewish teen athletes in the world.

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Maccabi sink in water polo final

November 12, 2009

After a dazzling run that saw them brush aside the best teams in London, Maccabi Water Polo UK met a watery end in a thrilling final of the London League Referee's Cup.

Four goals from former British national player James Kattan kept Maccabi in the running until the very last quarter. But ultimately, they were unable to secure victory against a strong Bexley in Croydon.

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Benaim makes a splash in Israel

By Brian Sacks, October 1, 2009

Reut Benaim, 15, triumphed in the Israeli National Championships in Netanya, winning six golds and a silver, and an award for the best age-15 swimmer overall.

Her individual gold medals all came in age-15 events in her preferred stroke, the butterfly. She recorded winning times of 28.8s for 50m, 1:04.04 for 100m and 2:26 for 200m - the 50m time setting a ‘long course’ (50m pool) Swiss Cottage and Camden Club record. Benaim then switched strokes to come fifth in 28.6s in the age-15 50m freestyle.

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Swim pair are a civic splash hit

April 2, 2009

Sisters who raised over £23,000 for charities by swimming the equivalent of the English Channel at a Borehamwood pool were among those honoured for their contributions to the community at Hertsmere Council’s civic dinner on Saturday.

Dani Jacobson arranged the swim to mark her batmitzvah — and to thank organisations which had supported her elder sister Talya, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Dani was subsequently invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden party to mark Blue Peter’s 50th birthday where she met the Queen and received a jubilee edition of the famous Blue Peter badge.

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Gold stars for Halter

January 29, 2009

Camden Swiss Cottage member Susan Halter beat two men en route to silverware at the Swim South East Masters Long Course competition.

Competing in the 80-84 year age category, Halter, the only 81-year-old at the event, beat a 76-year-old male in the 100 metres freestyle and an 80-year-old in the 20o metres backstroke mixed sex race.

Halter took gold in five events – the 50, 100 and 200 metres backstroke and 10 and 100 metres front crawl.

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Swimmer Robbie's Macedonia mission

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2008

Having missed out on a place at the Beijing Olympics by one second, Robbie Williams is on a mission to help Macedonia send a delegation to the Maccabiah Games for the first time.

Williams, 29, knows that with 200 Jews in the Balkan state, he will do well to find any home-grown talent to help boost the squad, but he is calling on Macedonians across the globe to get in touch.

The American-born swimmer works as a patents lawyer in London and hopes that his adopted nation can overcome financial problems to make their debut in Israel.

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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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Sport in brief

By Craig Silver, December 4, 2008

CRICKET Mark Blackston is the Northern Jewish League player of the season. The Bury & Whitefield all-rounder helped the team win the NJCL Cup. Huddy Lieberman received the young player award. David Cohen won the top player award in the Under 14 category.

CHESS Israel took silver, their first ever medal, after beating the Netherlands at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany.

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Swim girl Dani Jacobson making a TV splash

August 1, 2008

Twelve-year-old charity swimmer Dani Jacobson is a finalist in Channel Five's "Britain's Kindest Kids" competition.

As the JC reported in June, North London Collegiate pupil Dani and her sister Talya, who has learning difficulties, swam 22 miles to raise over £23,000, the bulk of it for Norwood.

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Kerem swim to success

July 4, 2008

More than 200 children took part in Maccabi GB’s annual Simchat Hamayim swimming gala at Barnet Copthall swimming pool, last weekend.

This year, eight schools, including Sinai, Rosh Pinah, MMK, Kerem, Independent, Wolfson Hillel, Akiva and North West all packed out the stands to take part.

Throughout the event, three schools were occupying the top three spots and the excitement intensified as the climax to the afternoon saw six relays. The contest was extremely close and was eventually won by Kerem School.

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