Bronze Medal Awarded to Sailing Champions on the Eran Almog!
August 23, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
Last week, while sailing the Eran Almog, Israel’s Paralympics Sailing Champions succeeded in securing 3rd place in an international sailing challenge for the disabled held in Britain, bringing home a bronze medal!
The sailors included Dror Cohen, a former F-16 flyer who was injured in a car accident and left paralyzed in both legs; Benny Wexler, who lost his hand in the first Lebanon War; and Arnon Efrati, whose arm was amputated when his tank received a direct hit during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
The name of their boat – “Eran Almog” – brought them in touch with Chairman of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Doron Almog two years ago, before the Beijing International Paralymics. The boat is named for Almog’s severely disabled son, who was the catalyst and spirit behind the establishment of the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitative Village, and who passed away only a few short years go.
For the sailors, meeting Almog some time ago was inspiration for further spirit and courage. In Cohen’s words, “Our boat is called “Eran Almog” and I am sure it’s a lucky name for us. We met with Doron Almog and learned the amazing story of his family….It will be a dream come true to sing Hatikva again and win the games; we will do everything we know and come back as winners”.
Just last week, this amazing Israeli team did just that. Sailing against representatives from 10 other countries, they succeeded in winning a bronze medal.
The next Paralympics will be held in London in two years – and this time, Cohen, Wexler and Efrati will be going for the gold!
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