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Manchester Grammar School student gears up for Maccabiah Games
5:20pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in Sport
A STUDENT from Hale has been appointed as the youngest team manager at the Maccabiah Games 2013, which will take place in Israel, in July.
Ben Brownson, 18, who is also a student at Manchester Grammar School has been appointed as travelling team manager of the Maccabi GB golf team and assistant manager of the GB junior team. Ben and the athletes will be part of a 500-strong delegation, the UK's largest ever representation at the games which were established as the Jewish Olympics in 1932.
It is now the third largest sporting event in the world.
A thrilled Ben said: "I am so happy to have been given such a prestigious role in this year's Maccabiah. It's such a great event and I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. I'm honoured, excited and nervous in equal measure."
Ben, who took up golf when he was three old, had hoped for a longer competitive career in the sport but a diagnosis of pneumothoraces meant his participation had to take a back seat whilst he battled a number of incidents of punctured lungs Before accepting this year's management role he enjoyed playing golf in the 18th Maccabiah Games and the 2011 European Maccabi Games. He also plays football for his school.
He will now spend the coming months hosting workshops with his teams, getting them prepared for the games.
His High Master at MGS, Dr Christopher Ray, said: "The Maccabiah is a huge event of international importance and to see one of our students playing such a key role is fantastic. I would encourage the other students to support Ben and the GB team in their efforts."
The Maccabi GB team is now looking for sponsorship for its athletes. Anyone interested should visit www.maccabigb.org