Matthew SydneyBy BERNIE BELLAN
Ten Winnipeggers recently participated in the Maccabiah Games in Israel (if you include Leonard Asper as a Winnipegger).

The Maccabiah Games are held every four years. This year's games saw 10,000 athletes representing 80 different countries come to Israel from July 4-18. In addition, 22,000 fans also came from outside Israel.
Athletes are divided into four categories: junior, 15-18, open - open to any age; masters - different minimum ages in different sports; and parapalegic.
Two of the Winnipeg athletes who competed in individual sports acquitted themselves very well.
Swimmer Sydney Hnatuk Swick, who is 15, competed in a variety of swimming events at the games. She was the top performing Canadian swimmer in the junior (under 18 category), making it to the finals in each event in which she was entered. In the open water competition Sydney placed fourth out of 40 swimmers. Next up for Sydney are the Canada Games - right here in Winnipeg. (Sydney will be competing in the second week of the games, in the 100 and 200 m. backstroke, 1500 m. freestyle, and in the open water competition, to be held at Birds Hill Park.)
For Matthew Bernstein, 25, track and field was the area in which he decided to compete  in the open category although, as he noted to Harvey Rosen in an article which you can also read on this website, he played mostly football and basketball during his high school years. Even though he had some experience in track, coming up against some of the best Jewish athletes in the world was sure to prove a formidable challenge. Yet Matthew tells me he finished fifth in both the 100 m. and 200 m. finals and was part of the Bronze Medal-winning Canadian team in the 4 x 400 relay.
Other Winnipeg participants, all of whom participated in team sports,  included: Shea Gorenstein and Max Mclean - junior hockey (where they won silver medals);  Keenan Benarroch - men's basketball; Amanda Greenberg - women's softball (silver medal); Jessica Hartog, junior girls' basketball; Sean Dollinger, men's softball); David Nepon (basketball coach/chaperone); and  Leonard Asper, masters hockey (silver medalist).
Thanks to Al Greenberg for providing us with information.