Victorians set to compete at the Maccabiah Games
Two Victorian gymnasts and a coach have been selected to represent Australia and compete at the 2022 Maccabiah Games.
Sisters Tali Liner, 16, and Shani Liner, 14, both train and compete at Chamford Gymnastics Club in Murrumbeena and will be competing in Artistic Gymnastics at the Games.
Timna Gore, who coaches at Chamford Gymnastics, will also head over to compete in Field Hockey.
For Tali, who is also a Beginner Coach and sits on the GV Youth Advisory Panel, this selection is an exciting opportunity to represent her country, demonstrating her dedication and determination towards her training.
“When I was little, I really wanted to go to the Olympics. Now that I’m going to the Maccabiah Games, I just know my younger self would be so proud of my achievements,” said Tali.
Shani, who will be competing Level 7, is most looking forward to meeting new people from different countries and learning how they do gymnastics.
“I am so happy to have gotten to this point and I would definitely say that if you love gymnastics, it really can take you places!”
For Timna, this is an especially poignant selection, as she follows in her father’s footsteps, who also played hockey at the Games and represented his country.
“He attended six Maccabiah games and competed in hockey for four of them. It's quite special to follow his legacy. I'm looking forward to playing my sport at an international level and learning from the experience, on the field and from my opponents.”
All three encourage other athletes to be persistent and dedicate themselves, encouraging them to work hard in pursuit of their dreams.
“I want to encourage other young Jewish gymnasts to train hard because there's amazing opportunities out there for them,” said Timna.
Gymnastics Victoria wishes Tali, Shani and Timna and the Australian Team the best of luck at the 21st Maccabiah Games.
The 2022 Maccabiah Games will be held from 12 – 26 July 2022 across Israel, with more than ten thousand Jewish athletes from over 80 countries competing in the 21st Maccabiah Games.
First held in 1932, the Maccabiah Games promote Jewish identity and traditions through cultural, social, and sporting activities provided at the games. The Games are one of the World’s largest sports events, contending with the World University Games for 3rd spot after the Olympics and Asian Games.
For each participant, the Maccabiah Games are “two weeks to experience and a lifetime to remember.” For many, the Maccabiah is the athlete’s most significant connection to the State of Israel and for some, Judaism itself. For all athletes, connection with Jewish contemporaries from the far reaches of the world, in the land of Jewish roots, inspires an awakening of heritage.