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clockwise from top: Carolyn Lindner, David Gurvey, Kyle Doering, Yonatan Orlov, Sydney Hnatuk, Daniel Tsaiger, Matthew Bernstein

By HARVEY ROSEN

My, how rapidly time passes. It seems ever so recent that Teemu Selanne was the featured celebrity at the 45th Rady JCC Sports Dinner on May 10th, 2017.


And the attendees couldn’t get enough of the Finnish Flash.
Not to worry, the 2018 Sports Dinner Organizing Committee and the Rady JCC Board of Directors have been burning the midnight oil to at least match the aforementioned dinner with the upcoming 46th Rady JCC KEN KRONSON Sports Dinner on Monday,  June 18, 2018.
The featured guest speaker that evening at the RBC Convention Centre will be National Football League quarterback ELI MANNING. He is a two-time Super Bowl MVP, having beaten the New England Patriots  both in 2008 and 2012.
Along with his father, Archie, the legendary former New Orleans Saints QB, and his brother, Peyton, Super Bowl and NFL MVP, Eli Manning continues to carry the torch for his family’s great NFL quarterback legacy.
Eli is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he received numerous academic and athletic honors, including the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best all-around player.
He will be right at home with the local dinner guests in that, off the field, Eli is involved in numerous charitable organizations. He and his family assisted in the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina by organizing air lifts of emergency supplies to areas affected by the hurricane - not to mention multiple other charitable contributions, including working with youth, the March of Dimes, American Red Cross, children’s clinics, American Heart Associations, and other worthy causes.
And, as always, the dinner will honour notable Jewish athletes who excelled in 2017, with the winner receiving the Idy and Max Nusgart Memorial Award. A dandy group of seven is outlined below:
 
2018 Jewish Athletes of the Year Nominees
Matthew Bernstein - Track and Field
A Clinical Psychology student at the University of Manitoba, 25-year-old Matthew was one of only 10 Winnipeg athletes who competed at the 2017 Maccabiah Games in Israel. At St. Paul’s High, Matthew was captain of the football team that won the provincial championship and captain of the basketball team that lost the provincial final. Although not as active in track prior to the games, Matthew finished 5th in the 100 meters in a time of 11.5 seconds and 5th in the 200 metres in 23.81 seconds. He did win a  bronze medal as a member of the Canadian  4 x 400 metre relay team, which finished third behind Israel and the United States.


David Gurvey - Power Weight Lifter  
David was Jewish Athlete of the Year in 1992, then, 21 years later at age 48, David returned to competing in the sport of power lifti four years ago. His most recent accomplishments include a Canadian National bench press record of 113 KG or 249 lbs in his category (the 74 KG or 163 lbs. class. He set a provincial squat record of 147.5 KG or 325 lbs. and a provincial dead lift record of 190 KG or 419 lbs.  David has won both provincial  and Western Canadian gold medals and, placed 3rd at the National Championships, held last year  in Calgary. In addition to competing, David serves as an executive on the Manitoba Power lifting Association and has helped Manitoba secure the 2020 National Championships.

Daniel Tsaiger - Swimmer
Sixteen-year-old Daniel is a Grade 11 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate. He started swimming at age six in Israel and, by eight years of age had earned two gold and one silver medals in the Israeli championships. Since moving to Canada he has competed at both the provincial and national level for the Manta Swim club. In 2012 he was named Male Junior Swimmer of the Year in Manitoba after winning all 12 of his races at the Junior Provincial Championships. He received the Sports Manitoba Order of Sports Excellence award in both 2016 and 2017 as the Manta Club’s and Manitoba’s 14-15 Gold Medal winner in the 200 metre medley relay, and qualified for the Canada Summer Games as a member of the Manitoba team. He was the top age group performer of the year for 2016-2017 with the Manta Elite Group and qualified for the Speedo Western Championship.
Carolyn Lindner - Curler  
Carolyn is a very talented and courageous double amputee Para-athlete. Five years ago, this active Special Education teacher, wife and mother suddenly went into septic shock, was put on life support, spent  46 days in a coma and was given a 10 percent chance to live. Miraculously, she recovered, but had to teach herself to breath on her own, eat and talk. As a result of the infection she had developed though, Carolyn had to undergo surgery to amputate her lower legs. In 2017, although she had never curled before, she was invited to try out for the Manitoba Wheelchair curling team. Playing lead - and the only woman on the team, Carolyn and her Manitoba team competed at the Canadian Championships in Quebec, where theyt won the gold medal, defeating Alberta 11-1. Carolyn also won the sportsmanship award as voted on by her peers. She was also presented with a Sports Manitoba Order of Excellence award. This year, as defending champions, Team Manitoba competed at the 2018 Canadian Championships in Alberta, They had to rally in round-robin play in order to reach the championship final, but lost to Saskatchewan.   Carolyn was named the all-star lead at the championship.

Kyle Doering -  Curler  
Kyle is an elite 22-year-old curler who was in the national finals for the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships. He also made it to the semi-finals of the Manitoba Men’s Playdowns. While still in high school, he skipped his team to the 2012 Canadian Junior Championship. He was the third on Matt Dunstone’s Manitoba rink that won the 2016 Canadian Junior Championship and won the Bronze Medal at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Now  a fourth year student in Business Administration at the University of Winnipeg, Kyle played third for the Wesmen team, and won the silver medal at the 2018 U Sports national Championship in Leduc, Alberta. His team lost the championship game to Alberta 6-4. The silver medal represented the Wesmen’s best finish in program history. Kyle was named a first-team all-Canadian and was also presented the R. W. Pugh Sportsmanship award.
Ed. note: Kyle and his Mixed Doubles partner, Ashely Groff, were partly sponsored by the JP&N. They proudly wore the name of this paper on their jackets - much to our surprise!

Sydney Hnatuk  -  Swimmer
A 15-year-old Grade 10 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate, and a member of the Junior Bison’s Swim club, Sydney competed at the 2017 Maccabiah Games where she was the top performing Canadian in the under-16 junior category and made it to the finals in each event she entered. In the open water competition she placed 4th out of 40 swimmers. She then competed at last year’s Canada Summer Games, held in Winnipeg, and competed in the 100 and 200 metre backstroke, 1500 metre freestyle and open water events.

Yonatan Orlov -  Baton Twirler
Yonatan is now 19 years old and is a first year Science student at the University of Winnipeg. He started baton twirling when he was 11 and has travelled the world competing in the sport he loves. At the 2016 World Championships in Sweden he finished eighth. At the 2017 International Grand Prix Competition in Croatia he won four gold medals and placed sixth overall. At the 2017 Manitoba Championships, he won seven gold medals, including a victory in the Junior Men’s Freestyle. He was the 2017 Canadian Grand National Men’s Solo Champion and recipient of the CBTF Male Athlete of the Year award. Yonatan was also the recipient of the 2017 National Ron Kopas Award as the event’s top performer. At the 2018 Congressional International Cup in Baltimore, Yonatan placed second overall and won a silver medal.


The writer, a Jewish Winnipegger, is a former school teacher, and covers football and hockey for Canadian Press and Broadcast News.
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