The process has begun to find the top Jewish athletes and teams in the UK as Maccabi GB – the country’s top provider of Jewish sport, health & wellbeing programmes – has officially launched the prestigious Maccabi GB Sports Awards 2015, sponsored by the Pierre Gildesgame Memorial Fund and partnered by UJIA and the Jewish Chronicle.
The annual Awards will recognise the achievements of Anglo-Jewry’s best sportspeople from January this year onwards. Only those nominated by the general public will be in contention to win. This year’s MGB Sports Awards will see a number of new categories with the UJIA European Maccabi Games Award looking to acknowledge the incredible achievements of Great Britain’s Delegation at the European Maccabi Games 2015 in Berlin and the Sam Bulka Award introduced for the Community’s JCC Maccabi Games 2015 counterparts.
As well as the Awards honouring the top National and Elite athletes, there is also an Award for the top Jewish Sporting School (The Jewish Chronicle School Sports Award of the Year) and a brand new accolade focused around the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run, which will be awarded to a Charity or individual that went above and beyond to raise funds, awareness or inspire at this year’s event.
A full list of awards can be seen below:
Sam Bulka JCC Award
John Dymant National Athlete Award
CST Young Sports Leader
The Jewish Chronicle School Sports Award of the Year
Ken Gradon Rachmanus Award
UJIA European Maccabi Games Award
Richard Urban Lifetime Achievement
Fred Worms Outstanding Volunteer
Susan Halter Elite Athlete Award
Maccabi GB Community Fun Run Award
Maccabi GB Silver Award
Maccabi GB Gold Award
Online Nominations close on Friday 13th November with the winners decided by a judging panel from the shortlist of athletes/teams. Those who win each respective category will be presented with their prize(s) at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 25th November at JW3. Tickets for members of the Community to attend the ceremony are now available online.
Speaking about the Maccabi GB Sports Awards 2015 the organisation’s CEO, Martin Berliner said, “The Maccabi GB Sports Awards is one of the highlights of the Jewish Community’s sporting calendar. To recognise the talent, commitment, dedication and achievements of all those involved in Jewish sport over the past year is incredibly important and Maccabi GB is proud to host this event. It has been an amazing year for Jewish sportspeople – with the EMG 2015 and JCC Maccabi Games, as well as the record-breaking Maccabi GB Community Fun Run and all the excellent athletes and teams competing week-in, week-out at all levels – so I have a feeling our judging panel are going to have a tough task choosing winners! We encourage everyone in the Community to get nominating as this is the only way to appear on the shortlists of Awards.”
Whoever wins the Susan Halter Elite Athlete Award will halt the run of professional footballer, Dean Furman after he won the 2013 and 2014 editions but who is now ineligible as he does not reside in the UK.
To cast your nominations or to purchase tickets for the Awards Ceremony please click HERE
For more information, please call 0208 457 2333