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The dominating colours at the Australian Ambassador’s Residence on Wednesday afternoon, a day before the official Opening Ceremony of the Maccabiah, were the proud colours of the Australian Maccabiah delegation’s green and gold. Among the bottle brush trees the golf, tennis, swimming, basketball, soccer, netball, track and field, ten-pin bowling and triathlon athletes enjoyed a respite from their hectic schedule, to attend the welcome reception hosted by Ambassador, Dave Sharma.
The event was also attended by David Southwick, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Police & Emergency Services, Ron Hoenig, MP, Member of NSW Parliament and by the executive of Maccabi Australia including Lisa Borowick, President, Barry Smorgon, Chairman, Maccabi Australia, Harry Procel, Head of Delegation, Sam Parasol and Jeff Houseman.
Ms Borowick decided to initiate the Embassy staff as professional supporters of the 416 Aussie athletes and provided them with hats and T-Shirts to fortify their commitment.
In his speech to the guests Ambassador Sharma noted the quirky tales that are unique to the delegation such as the rugby team, with five sets of brothers, in a 26-player side, the women’s hockey teams which are also a sibling affair, and of course the romantic story of Bec and Adam Joseph, soccer players who met at the 2005 Games, got engaged at the 2009 Games and returned to 2013 games with their new baby.
Sharma, an avid sportsman himself, who has had no luck in passing on his sports genes to his next of kin, concluded his words with a personal plea to his guests that they use their powers of persuasion to convince his daughters to show some interest in sport.