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News & Training Tips - Motivation Monday

Alex Davis tells us about the impact Maccabi GB has on his sporting and social life after representing Great Britian at the Maccabiah Games and the European Maccabi Games.

 

Maccabi GB has had a fantastic impact on my sporting and social life.

I first encountered Maccabi GB when I participated in the last Maccabiah Games 2013 as a Junior rugby player and I have wonderful memories of that time that will stay with me forever. I made friends for life from across the world and winning the silver medal is by far my proudest sporting achievement to date. The opportunity to play sport at an international level in Israel is unique and feeling part of a united team with the goal of winning medals for your country (whilst having loads of fun!) was absolutely brilliant.

I was astounded by the effort which the Israelis put into making us feel welcome. The Maccabiah village was a great place to relax and socialise with other young people from across the world. The cheerful spirit of our hosts really enhanced the wonderful experience of the Games.

A couple of years later I was privileged to be selected by Maccabi GB to join their Junior management team at the 2015 European Maccabi Games. My job was to help “manage” 85 athletes aged 13 to 18 by keeping them happy, healthy and upbeat through an intense 10-day period, including a three-day educational pre-camp. I think we did a pretty good job!

Looking back, I am immensely proud to have been part of Europe’s largest Jewish sports event. I am full of respect and admiration for Maccabi GB’s efforts in co-ordinating a 250-strong delegation, including educating our young sportsmen and sportswomen about important sites in Berlin, such as Moses Mendelssohn’s progressive school set up in 1778 and Bebelplatz, the infamous Nazi booking-burning site. Maccabi GB proved that it is so much more than just a sporting organisation: sport rightly sits alongside education, Jewish identity and social action.

But let’s not forget the sport! I saw records being smashed with gold galore almost every day. It was a true pleasure seeing so many smiles as the culmination of a year’s intense training finally paid off. Long may it continue!

As well as this, taking part in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run meant I was able to fundraise for my Rugby team at the Maccabiah along with supporting the inspiring programmes that I have been lucky to be involved with.

Sport is often competitive and can sometimes lack empathy. I’m pleased that, from my experience, Maccabi GB is above all welcoming to anyone interested in sport, regardless of their ability. It’s that openness and delight which coaches show in welcoming someone new into a sport and being active which makes me proud to be associated with Maccabi GB.

 

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