Canadian Squash Champion Albert Shoihet Named Flag Bearer
TORONTO, JUNE 25, 2017 – Albert Shoihet, one of Canada’s brightest young squash stars, has been selected as Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 20th Maccabiah Games.
Shoihet will lead a 600-person strong delegation into Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on July 6 at 8 p.m (IST). The Opening Ceremonies will be streamed live at www.maccabiah.com.
“[When I was named as the flag bearer] my initial response was one of surprise,” recalled Shoihet. “I am well aware of the magnitude and pedigree of the great Canadian delegation. I feel honoured and excited to lead this amazing group into the spectacle that are the Opening Ceremonies.”
At only 25-years-old, Albert Shoihet has already made a name for himself on the professional squash scene, reaching a rank of #177 in the world. He is set to return to Israel, where at the 19th Maccabiah Games, he won two silver medals (individual and team).
A member of the Canadian National Team, Shoihet won the Ontario Junior title 10 times, as well as captured the National Junior Championship in 2005. This stellar play allowed him to represent Canada the Junior Pan Am Games in 2008 in Trinidad and Tobago, where he earned two bronze medals. As the captain of the University of Western Ontario Varsity Squash team, he led his squad to four Ontario University Athletics (OUA) titles.
In 2015, Shoihet joined the Professional Squash Association World Tour. That year, he was also chosen to represent Canada at the World Championships in Cairo, Egypt.