Team GB have unveiled their squad for this summer’s JCC Maccabi Games in Stamford, Connecticut.
The full Maccabi GB squad will consist of 60 athletes – 54 who will be competing or performing in their debut tournament, supported by a management team of 13 people. They will be overseen by experienced Heads of Delegation, Janice and Ian Aarons.
The Games, from August 4-14 are a chance for young athletes under the age of 16 to represent their country in America in a sporting environment, whilst experiencing social and cultural programmes with other young Jewish people from around the world.
The GB delegation includes the selection of three performers for the JCC Maccabi Artsfest, a festival of performing arts, which runs simultaneously alongside the sports competitions.
GB’s Natalie Sawdaye said: “This is an exciting crop of youngsters who will be travelling to America for an experience like no other they have been a part of before.
"The JCC Maccabi Games are always a great opportunity for young, Jewish people to make friends from around the world and stretch those Jewish connections beyond the ones they have at home. Of course, the sporting element cannot be overlooked and we have some really talented sports stars who we are sure will be seen in Maccabi GB’s colours for years to come.
"Finally, we are thrilled to be taking Team GB’s first ever performers to the JCC Maccabi Artsfest. Abi and Sonny are raring to go and they’re ready to show the rest of the world how much talent Great Britain really has.
"This is a new means for young people to represent their country and we hope to build on their efforts this year for future JCC events."
Zarah Kaye Clark
Managers: Nicole Sawdaye & Tash Roston
U16 GIRLS FOOTBALL
Managers: Alex Elf & Stacey Abendstern
Manager: Clare Dorset Purkis
U14 BOYS FOOTBALL (Red)
Managers: Liam Stein & Jordan Sapler
U14 BOYS FOOTBALL (Blue)
Managers: Daniel Shafron & Joey Carr
Manager: Sophie Conway
Manager: David Domb
Lara Tobias Tarsh
Manager: Natalie Sawdaye
Abi Wander (Musical Theatre)
Sonny Gayer (Rock Band)
Delegation Heads: Janice & Ian Aarons
Media & Communications: Gilah Samuels