One of Team Maccabi GB’s most decorated athletes has been appointed as chairman and open manager of the squash team for the 2015 European Maccabi Games in Berlin.
A wide pedigree of international competitive experience, Matt Crawcour has taken part in two Maccabiot (in 1993, where he won the men’s open gold Medal and in 1997) and two European Maccabi Games (1995 and 2011). On each occasion, he returned with a medal, including two gold’s for Team Maccabi GB at both the European Maccabi Games in Amsterdam and Vienna.
Once ranked 69th in the world, he held the title of number one Maccabi Australia squash player for ten years, while during his time on the PSA circuit, played in a number of events including the Swiss Open, Austrian Open, Danish Open, Jamaican Open, World Open, British Open, Italian Open, French Open, Portuguese Open, Australian Open, US Open and New Zealand Open.
Speaking about his appointment and his aims for Berlin, he said: “I’m delighted to be appointed. Maccabi GB has a strong squash pedigree at the European Maccabi Games and, after a successful squash campaign at the last tournament in Vienna, I’m hopeful we can push for gold in both the team and individual events.
“I’m extremely proud to be representing British Jewry, not least in these games which will undoubtedly hold special significance because they are being held in Berlin, and I aim to instil this sense of Jewish identity and pride to all British Squash players.”
The recruitment process has already begun with players encouraged to apply via the Maccabi GB website (address below). Ideally, the Squash Team will seek those with County Level or 1st/2nd Team club standard experience.