SWIMMING Victoria approved Maccabi-AJAX Swimming Club’s application to be a registered club last week – a status it previously held in its heyday in the ’70s and early ’80s.
The green light means the club can start building towards once again having Jewish swimmers competing at race meets under the Maccabi-AJAX name.
In partnership with Maccabi Aquatics – which opens on November 8 at Bialik College’s pool – the club will have a home, Elli Wieselmann as head coach, and offer a pathway from learn to swim classes right through to competitive swimming.
Wieselmann was honoured to share the good news with Jewish Victorian swimming legend Nachum Buch, 88, who was Israel’s first Olympic swimmer.
“Nachum is a swimming legend, integral to Maccabi-AJAX’s success in swimming across generations,” she said.
“I feel grateful to be so directly involved in the rebirth of this famous Jewish swimming club.
“I hope this strong community environment will foster a lifelong love of swimming, and friendships with fellow teammates, just like it did for previous generations of members, who remember it so fondly.”
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