04 Jul Team Maccabi GB Visit to Beit Halochem
Team Maccabi GB Junior and Open squads have participated in a visit to Beit Halochem Haifa and Beit Halochem Tel Aviv as part of their pre-orientation week prior to the commencement of the Maccabiah Games. The tours of the two Rehabilitation Centres, which care for wounded Israeli veterans, were coordinated by Beit Halochem UK and Maccabi GB (MGB). The tours enabled 250 participants together with their coaches to experience a specially organised tour of the Centres to highlight how sport can be used as one of the most powerful rehabilitative tools for people who have experienced trauma of any kind.
MGB’s Junior squads, who are aged between 14-18 years, visited Tel Aviv’s Beit Halochem on Tuesday 4 July. The team heard from VIP guest speaker Noam Gershony, war veteran turned Israeli national hero. In 2006, during the Lebanon War, he survived an army helicopter crash which killed his co-pilot. He was left paralyzed but alive. Following a lengthy rehabilitation process, he decided to take up wheelchair tennis with the help of Beit Halochem and in 2012, he won the Paralympic gold medal. Gershony is rated second in the world in the highest rank of disability in wheelchair tennis.
Spencer Gelding, Executive Director of Beit Halochem UK, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that the Maccabiah Teams were given the opportunity to witness the miracles that take place each day at the Beit Halochem Centres and were able to meet veterans, who focus not on the negative but on achieving their goals and most importantly finding a new way to be happy and live a fulfilled life supported by one another. We wish each and every participant in the Maccabiah Games great success over the coming days and hope that the visit to the Beit Halochem Centres inspired them to be the best they can be at whatever they set out to achieve.”