MACCABI WA has named Ironman champion Amos Gollach as the winner of its coveted George Cohen Jewish Sportsperson of the Year Award – the top prize at its annual awards night.
The 24-year-old took out the 18-24 categories at two Ironman events in 2013 – in Hawaii and Cairns – an achievement that earned him the top ranking in the world in the 18-24 division.
He said taking out the Maccabi award is a nice recognition for his stand-out season.
“I was very happy with how I went over the year,” Gollach told The AJN.
“It’s nice to be recognised for your efforts among the Jewish community and I hope to have a similar year again, though this time I will be racing in the 25-29 age group, which adds a good challenge.”
Meanwhile, star athlete Eden Lee Schaffer won the Ethel Finkelstein Rising Star award after an incredible year with the Inglewood Little Athletics Club, where she made the state finals.
Gymnast Jade Lazarus took out the Maurie Krasenstein Junior Sportsperson Award for her great achievements at the Australia Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, where she placed in the top four for WA and 19th nationally.
Russell Stein rounded out the winners list, winning the Joe Rosen Award for most outstanding performance by an individual (senior) for Maccabi WA, after guiding the table tennis club to a win in the A- Grade pennant competition, before joining the successful WA state team at the national over-40s championships.