Friday 30th September 2022, London – On Thursday evening, Maccabi GB held a thank you reception for all the Managers of the 21st Maccabiah Games, our most successful Games to date, held earlier this summer. During the evening, Maccabi GB announced that Andrew Myers will be the incoming General Team Manager for the next Maccabiah and Pan American Maccabi Games, taking over from Joel Nathan.
Andrew Myers is no stranger to International Games; he recently served as Assistant General Team Manager at the 21st Maccabiah Games this Summer and has experience of representing Team Maccabi GB going back 35 years. “It is an absolute honour for me to have been asked to become General Team Manager for Team Maccabi GB for the 2023 Pan American Games in Buenos Aires and the 2025 Maccabiah Games in Israel,” said Andrew reflecting on his appointment. “Having been part of the first intake as a seven-year-old at Brady Maccabi in Edgware, the movement has been a constant that has run through my life, from becoming Brady Intermediate club captain with my cousin Nicola, through to representing Great Britain at my first European Games in 1987 and then my first Maccabiah in 1993. Buenos Aires will be my 12th International Games and I have benefited from so many phenomenal role models who have given so much of their time to give me the best possible experience. This is something that I hope I can provide to the next group of competitors and the people who I see as future leaders within our community. I have big shoes to fill after the amazing job that Joel Nathan has done over the past 9 years and I hope that we can build on all his hard work and continue expand our reach across the community to give as many people as possible a chance to compete and represent their country.”
The New General Team Manager Andrew Myers
As well as the announcement of Andrew’s appointment, Maccabi GB Chairman, Jonathan Prevezer, awarded outgoing General Team Manager Joel Nathan with the Gold Medal for Outstanding Merit. The 21st Maccabiah Games was Joel’s fourth International Games as General Team Manager. He also has featured at five further games, as a player in 1995 and 2015, a junior football coach at 2009 Maccabiah Games and a Junior football manager at the 2011 European Maccabi Games and 2013 Maccabiah Games. Joel Nathan also joined the organisation’s Board of Trustees. “I am absolutely delighted and grateful to have become a recipient of this award,” said Joel after receiving his award. “I am so proud of having been part of a team that together has made a difference in hundreds of people's lives. I’m sure that in the very capable hands of Andrew, that journey will continue with more dedication than ever. Thank you to all that have been on this journey with me, I’ll be eternally grateful.”
Joel Nathan with his Gold Medal award
Maccabi GB Chairman Jonathan Prevezer gave his thoughts on both announcements: “Joel fully deserves this Maccabi GB Gold Medal for Outstanding Merit, as contribution to the Organisation and the Jewish Community. He has dedicated his life over the last decade as General Team Manager for the previous four International Maccabi Games culminating in a truly fantastic 21st Maccabiah Games. Joel’s passion and commitment to sport, Maccabi and the Jewish community is truly remarkable. Having said that, the appointment of Andrew Myers as Joel’s successor for the Pan Am Games in December 2023 and the next Maccabiah in Israel in 2025 was an obvious choice after Andrew’s enthusiasm, drive and determination made him the standout candidate. Joel will be a very hard act to follow but everyone has total faith in Andrew’s ability to deliver excellent teams for those future Games.”