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Posted: 20-Sep-2012 by Maccabi NSW


The Maccabi NSW Hall of Fame is soon to become even more prestigious with the induction of six new members at a gala event scheduled for November.

The Hall of Fame selection committee has chosen three Sportsmen and three Sports Administrators who will be recognised for their outstanding achievement in sport, over their lifetime.

The Sportsmen – Jack Ellison, Gavin Fingleson and Jon Pillemer

• Jack Ellison is a master of his discipline – water skiing. In the arena of freestyle water skiing Jack has accomplished it all including a World Championship Silver Medal and multiple State and National titles. He is the holder of eight Australian records, and the youngest person ever to represent both Australia and South Africa at World Championships. On top of all that Jack has also coached at the highest levels of the sport including National Coach of both China and Indonesia.

• From 1998 to 2004, Gavin Fingleson played professional Baseball in the independent leagues in America and also played in the Taiwanese Major League. Throughout his career he has won numerous Awards and holds several batting records both in Australia, America and Taiwan. Gavin was a member of the Australian Baseball Team for eight years; with the highlight being a Silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He became Australia’s first ever, Jewish Olympic medallist. Primarily a second baseman, Gavin has been named the Maccabi Australia Sportsman of the Year three times and has been awarded the title of NSW Jewish Sportsman of the Year six times.

• Former Super League player Jon Pillemer has enjoyed a long and distinguised football career. After playing in South Africa and England he dominated the NSW Super League in Australia, winning the Rothmans Medal for player of the year in 1993 and 1994. From there it was the National Soccer League where he played for Brunswick Juventus in 1993-1994. Jon featured in the Super League medal count again in 1996, coming second, before captaining St George. At the age of 35, Jon finished playing Super League and joined Maccabi Hakoah FC in what was to become a 10 year partnership, coming to and end only this year at the age of 45 due to a serious hip injury and after winning two grand Finals for the Club in 2005 and 2011.

The Sports Administrators – Bernie Gold OAM, Larry Cornofsky and Frank Lowy AC

Bernie Gold has had a lifetime of involvement at all levels of Maccabi in NSW, Victoria and Internationally. He has attended Maccabiah seven times and was Head of Delegation to Israel in 1981. Bernie has been the Maccabi Historian for the most part of the past 30 years. His contribution to sport , and especially to Maccabi, has been one of complete devotion and love. From the time he moved to Sydney from England in 1951 he has held almost every role there is to fill at Maccabi.

Larry Cornofsky boasts a 29-year career in International Hockey Administration, which has included involvement in each Olympic games, in various capacities, since Atlanta in 1996. After a long involvement in Hockey as a player, Larry developed software for officials to create match reports, pool tables and stats post-match. These have been embraced and used at every Hockey World Cup and Champions Trophy event since 2002, as well as being used for Australian Hockey League events and competitions in New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and America. Larry is also an International Hockey Federation delegate to the Olympic Results and Information Services (ORIS) committee, which sets the standards required for Olympic hockey.

Frank Lowy has been described as “Australia's most passionate football supporter, a man who lives and breathes the round ball game.” In a recent interview he revealed that he developed his passion for soccer while cherishing the times his father took him to games in his hometown of Fil'akovo, in what was then Czechoslovakia. A long supporter of football in Australia, Frank Lowy was elected Chairman of the Football Federation Australia (FFA) in 2003. His establishment of the A-League national competition brought Australian Soccer back from the brink of total collapse to become an integral part of mainstream sport in the country.

The 2012 Maccabi NSW Hall of Fame event will be held in the Scientia Building at UNSW on Sunday, 11 November at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets at $100 per head are available through the Maccabi NSW office on 93310573 or email



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