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Dave Blackburn and The Spirit of Maccabi Baseball
With Canada and the U.S. set to renew their 25-year-old rivalry on the softball diamond at the upcoming 2011 Pan-Am Maccabi Games in Sao Paulo next week, a longtime adversary – and friend – of Team Canada’s will be noticeably absent from the American squad. Dave Blackburn, aka “Breeder,” a fixture on the mound for Maccabi USA over the past 25 years and the backbone of four gold medal-winning fastpitch teams, will be in the hearts and minds of Maccabi Canada Softball and the entire Mac...
Sao Paulo Prepares to Welcome Athletes
Sao Paulo, Brazil, the world’s sixth largest city, will play host to 2,500 Jewish athletes and support staff when the 12th Pan American Maccabi Games officially opens on the sixth day of Chanukah (Christmas Day). Culture and sport will be the focus when Maccabi Canada delegates join 18 other national bodies for the biennial gathering of Pan American countries from December 5, 2011 to January 3, 2012. While most delegations will be from South, Central and North America, there will also be re...
Athletes Helping Athletes at the Sports Challenge
Even though the Maccabiah Games are still two years away, the battle lines were drawn in the sand recently by eager, ageless athletes anticipating head to head battles over the right to be called champions of the 'Sports Challenge'. They weren't representing traditional Games powers such as Canada, the United States, Israel, and the like. It was more of a reflection of old time 'color war' of youthful camp days, when purple battled blue, and gold fought lime green on the courts and fields ...
Passion for Cycling and Love for Israel Merge at the Maccabiah
When Roy Salomon of Maccabi Canada approached Sylvan Adams to put together the first ever Canadian competitive cycling team to participate at the Maccabiah Games in Israel for the 2009 Games, Sylvan, the head of Iberville Developments Ltd. In Montreal, accepted the challenge. To Sylvan, who took to racing in his early 40’s and was sorry to not have participated in Maccabiah games as a baseball player when he was a child, Roy’s request struck a cord and his first inclination was very posi...
Maccabi Supports Northland’s Intercamp
Maccabi Canada Supports Northland's 11th Intercamp Basketball Tournament It might have been the perfectly blue sky on a July summer day that made the 11th Annual Inter-Camp Basketball Tournament at Camp Northland such an exciting event to take part in, or maybe it was the spirit of 150 boys from 10 different camps, wearing Maccabi Canada jerseys and playing to win the gold, silver and bronze medals presented by Maccabi Canada. The 10 teams representing Winnebagoe, Tamarack, Walden, New Mo...
Former Olympian and Maccabiah athlete Karen James
Former Maccabiah athlete carries a torch for '72 The death of nine Israeli athletes and two coaches at the Munich Olympics shook the world in 1972 and for many, the tremors of that dark time in sports history are still felt today. Almost 40 years and 10 Olympic Games have gone by but the horrific memories of Munich in '72 are still fresh in the mind of Karen James, then a 19-year-old Canadian swimmer who had fulfilled her dream of being an Olympian. James, in Toronto on March 9 as a special ...
Canucks Go ‘Down Under’
Maccabi Australia International Games 'Down Under” took on a whole new meaning for a dozen Maccabi Canada athletes and supporters as they marked the new year by competing in the second Maccabi Australia International Games (MAIGs). After anticipating a chorus or two of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and envisioning running into 'Crocodile Dundee-type' characters in the 'Outback', the Canadian contingent arrived on December 26 in Sydney and joined 450 athletes representing 14 countries to compete in ...
Toronto vs. Montreal Tennis Challenge
Mayfair West Tennis Club in Toronto played host to the first-ever Montreal-Toronto Maccabi Canada Tennis Challenge, May 27-29, 2011. The goal was to bring 12 junior tennis prospects together(6 from Montreal and 6 from Toronto) in a Davis Cup Tennis atmosphere and to get the kids excited about the possibility of representing Canada in the 2013 Maccabiah in Israel. Event organizer Norman Katz was pleased with the results. There were some great matches. He feels the players are even more inspire...