Loudwater girl Hollie Fisher set to compete in Maccabiah Games

Watford Observer: Loudwater girl set to compete in 'Jewish Olympics' Loudwater girl set to compete in 'Jewish Olympics'

A Loudwater teenager is preparing to represent her country at the "Jewish Olympics" next month.

Hollie Fisher, 15, from Rooks Hill, Loudwater, has been selected for the GB swimming team to travel to Israel.

Hollie, who is in year 10 at Royal Masonic School in Rickmansworth, says her training for the Maccabiah Games began immediately after she completed the European competition two years ago.

She will join a GB delegation of 500 Jewish athletes travelling to Israel. And she already has a headstart as she will be joined by friends and Hillingdon Swimming Club teammates Naomi Ayrton 16, and her younger sister Rachel Ayrton, 13 from Northwood.

Hollie said: "We first found out about the games this time two years ago and it has been two years building up to it.

"I am excited, mainly for the swimming because it’s a huge competition but also for the social events.

"There will be an opening ceremony like in the Olympics where each country walks through in alphabetical order then the closing ceremony is like a big party."

At the European Maccabi games in Vienna in 2011 Hollie lead the GB teams medal charge coming home with four gold, three silver and three bronze medals.

Reflecting on her own chances of bringing home some silverware, Hollie said: "I feel quite confident, I have had quite a good season.

Watford Observer:

"I am feeling confident and training hard.

"My school friends are excited for me although quite a lot of them didn’t really know what it is but I have told them all about it.

"My teachers know, some don’t really understand how big it is for me but some of them are really excited."

When Hollie flies out for the two week competition starting on July 18 she will be joined by her mother Lisa Michaels.

Amazingly, despite being in the middle of her GCSE exams and fitting in training sessions most nights after school Hollie has raised just over £1,000 - roughly a quarter of the cost of competing in the games.

Lisa said: "The costs of her participating in the Games is very high and she is not able to get corporate sponsorship.

"Hollie has helped to raise some money to contribute to her own participation costs by saving pocket money, saving money she has been given in reward for good school reports and selling some old things she no longer wanted.

"She also did a 10K sponsored run a couple of weeks ago. I am very proud of her for that and in total Hollie managed to raise just over £1,000."

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10:21pm Wed 12 Jun 13

Maclanx says...

Swimming at the Jewish Olympics is very different to what we gentiles are used to, what with all the parting of the water...
Swimming at the Jewish Olympics is very different to what we gentiles are used to, what with all the parting of the water... Maclanx
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2:14am Thu 13 Jun 13

John Dowdle says...

You have to wonder - do you not - how people would react to the holding of Christian-only or Muslim-only games? What about Buddhist-only or Sikh-only games?
Would there be accusations of racism or ethnocentrism aligned to such games?
Clearly, these games are deliberately designed to exclude huge numbers of other potential participants.
These are not Olympic games - nothing like them at all - and it is clearly wrong to mis-appropriate the name of the games which London hosted so proudly in the last year.
These "Jewish" games cheapen amateur sports and the good name of the real Olympics.
This mis-use of the Olympics should not be favoured by anyone.
Indeed, there is a distinct possibility that any newspaper using the title could find itself being sued for wrongful use of the Olympics brand name. WO - be careful !!
You have to wonder - do you not - how people would react to the holding of Christian-only or Muslim-only games? What about Buddhist-only or Sikh-only games? Would there be accusations of racism or ethnocentrism aligned to such games? Clearly, these games are deliberately designed to exclude huge numbers of other potential participants. These are not Olympic games - nothing like them at all - and it is clearly wrong to mis-appropriate the name of the games which London hosted so proudly in the last year. These "Jewish" games cheapen amateur sports and the good name of the real Olympics. This mis-use of the Olympics should not be favoured by anyone. Indeed, there is a distinct possibility that any newspaper using the title could find itself being sued for wrongful use of the Olympics brand name. WO - be careful !! John Dowdle
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12:02pm Thu 13 Jun 13

logic100 says...

Totally agree John - I thought sport was about bringing together people of all backgrounds....
Totally agree John - I thought sport was about bringing together people of all backgrounds.... logic100
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12:48pm Thu 13 Jun 13

garston tony says...

What about UK championships then, arent they a little exclusive? Ditto the European championships, or indeed the Commonwealth games, do they cheapen the sport too? What about sports day at the local school, why arent other schools invited or even inter schools competitions why do they exclude adults? The list could go on of 'exclusive' athletic competitions.

But of course this is nothing to do with exclusion etc but just a cheap attempt at religion bashing.

But onto the actual facts, you really shouldnt jump to conclusions JD et al. The games are open to any Israeli national 'regardless of religion or race' as well as jews from the around the world...... Whats that gurgling sound I hear? Oh, its your pathetic thinly veiled attack sinking without a trace.

Lets also not ignore the contexts of the era that the games where first formulated, a time when Jews around the world (including in this country) suffered persecution and distrust and removal of rights. Far from being set up to exclude others you could argue these games came about because those of Jewish faith where themselves all too often excluded by society.

A hearty good luck to Hollie Fisher and everyone else who is taking part, have fun
What about UK championships then, arent they a little exclusive? Ditto the European championships, or indeed the Commonwealth games, do they cheapen the sport too? What about sports day at the local school, why arent other schools invited or even inter schools competitions why do they exclude adults? The list could go on of 'exclusive' athletic competitions. But of course this is nothing to do with exclusion etc but just a cheap attempt at religion bashing. But onto the actual facts, you really shouldnt jump to conclusions JD et al. The games are open to any Israeli national 'regardless of religion or race' as well as jews from the around the world...... Whats that gurgling sound I hear? Oh, its your pathetic thinly veiled attack sinking without a trace. Lets also not ignore the contexts of the era that the games where first formulated, a time when Jews around the world (including in this country) suffered persecution and distrust and removal of rights. Far from being set up to exclude others you could argue these games came about because those of Jewish faith where themselves all too often excluded by society. A hearty good luck to Hollie Fisher and everyone else who is taking part, have fun garston tony
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12:52pm Thu 13 Jun 13

garston tony says...

I meant to add to 'i thought sport was about bringing together people of all backgrounds' their faith apart the Jews are about as diverse as can be. What better example of bringing together people of all backgrounds can there be when Jews live in practically every single corner of the earth! Or are you so simple you think a Jew from Ethiopia is identical and has the same life as a Jew from New York who is identical and has the same life as a Jew from Manchester who is identical and has the same life as a Jew from Russia who is identical and has the same life as a Jew who happens to live in Israel?
I meant to add to 'i thought sport was about bringing together people of all backgrounds' their faith apart the Jews are about as diverse as can be. What better example of bringing together people of all backgrounds can there be when Jews live in practically every single corner of the earth! Or are you so simple you think a Jew from Ethiopia is identical and has the same life as a Jew from New York who is identical and has the same life as a Jew from Manchester who is identical and has the same life as a Jew from Russia who is identical and has the same life as a Jew who happens to live in Israel? garston tony
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4:03pm Thu 13 Jun 13

John Dowdle says...

Tony - as ever - misses the point; predictable as always.
Holly Fisher is not an Israeli - she is a UK national. What is at play here is an attempt to restore an old imperial Jewish regime. Former empires - like the Greeks, Romans, British and many others always held games in order to cement loyalty to a part of the world which bore little if any real significance to where people were actually living.
Just because Holly Fisher's parents choose to consume Judaism and have now forced that consumption pattern on their wholly innocent daughter is not the issue at stake here.
Miss Israel, for example, is an immigrant from Ethiopia, as it happens. Did Tony already know this, I wonder?
It is the imperial arrogance of Zionist Israel - like its predecessors - which makes it impossible for Israel to achieve any kind of peace agreement with its neighbours.
This impacts upon all of us in this country too for it is the fault of the then British government in 1948 which led to the Palestinian Nakba.
Ever since, the patent unfairness of the treatment of the Palestinians has fuelled Arab and other peoples resentment of Israel and the West generally, which is why we now all live in an atmosphere of concern about terrorism.
These "games" are designed to further reinforce the climate of fear and terrorism by the Zionists so that any meaningful attempt to achieve peace on the Palestine-Israel question is deliberately frustrated.
That is the real meaning which underlies these so-called "games".
If Tony is happy to subscribe to the imperial arrogance of the Zionists and create conditions under which the rest of us have to be routinely concerned about terrorism, then so be it.
For those of us who are more rational, however, we want to see an end to this hasbara campaign by the Zionist Israeli regime which is undermining all our - and ordinary Israelis - wish for a peaceful world.
Tony - as ever - misses the point; predictable as always. Holly Fisher is not an Israeli - she is a UK national. What is at play here is an attempt to restore an old imperial Jewish regime. Former empires - like the Greeks, Romans, British and many others always held games in order to cement loyalty to a part of the world which bore little if any real significance to where people were actually living. Just because Holly Fisher's parents choose to consume Judaism and have now forced that consumption pattern on their wholly innocent daughter is not the issue at stake here. Miss Israel, for example, is an immigrant from Ethiopia, as it happens. Did Tony already know this, I wonder? It is the imperial arrogance of Zionist Israel - like its predecessors - which makes it impossible for Israel to achieve any kind of peace agreement with its neighbours. This impacts upon all of us in this country too for it is the fault of the then British government in 1948 which led to the Palestinian Nakba. Ever since, the patent unfairness of the treatment of the Palestinians has fuelled Arab and other peoples resentment of Israel and the West generally, which is why we now all live in an atmosphere of concern about terrorism. These "games" are designed to further reinforce the climate of fear and terrorism by the Zionists so that any meaningful attempt to achieve peace on the Palestine-Israel question is deliberately frustrated. That is the real meaning which underlies these so-called "games". If Tony is happy to subscribe to the imperial arrogance of the Zionists and create conditions under which the rest of us have to be routinely concerned about terrorism, then so be it. For those of us who are more rational, however, we want to see an end to this hasbara campaign by the Zionist Israeli regime which is undermining all our - and ordinary Israelis - wish for a peaceful world. John Dowdle
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9:58am Fri 14 Jun 13

garston tony says...

Oh dear JD, an attempt to restore a Jewish regime! Have you heard yourself... obviously not otherwise you wouldnt come out with such rubbish.

What are the commonwealth games then JD, an attempt by the UK to maintain control over its old empire? If so I DEMAND in the interest of balance that you write a response denouncing them as well, along with every other sporting event that excludes others for some reason or other.

I personally find it shocking the behaviour of the Israeli state against the Palestinians. I find it shocking that a people were and still are being turfed off from their homes and lands and whilst I dont condone any violence on either side I can certainly understand why the Palestinians are struggling against the Israeli state and have done ever since the end of the second world war. I find it utterly dispicable that a group of people that suffered so much during the holocaust could act in such a manner as they do against others. And I am well aware how the actions from both sides has impacted on the rest of the world.

Having said that the Jewish olympics (not its official title) are a sporting event, at most a celebration of a linked belief but nothing else. No different to a common wealth game at all.

And do you know this girl, if not how do you know that the Jewish beliefs have been forced on her? You are right I wasnt aware that the current Miss Israel is an Ethiopian immigrant (good bit of googling there JD) but I do remember what 20 years or so ago the pictures of Ethiopian Jews crammed into planes chartered by Israel being flown to that country i'm well aware that the Israeli state welcomes Jews from all over the world. As I said above whilst I appreciate it is their spiritual homeland I disagree that that gives them the right to have taken it from the actual occupants
Oh dear JD, an attempt to restore a Jewish regime! Have you heard yourself... obviously not otherwise you wouldnt come out with such rubbish. What are the commonwealth games then JD, an attempt by the UK to maintain control over its old empire? If so I DEMAND in the interest of balance that you write a response denouncing them as well, along with every other sporting event that excludes others for some reason or other. I personally find it shocking the behaviour of the Israeli state against the Palestinians. I find it shocking that a people were and still are being turfed off from their homes and lands and whilst I dont condone any violence on either side I can certainly understand why the Palestinians are struggling against the Israeli state and have done ever since the end of the second world war. I find it utterly dispicable that a group of people that suffered so much during the holocaust could act in such a manner as they do against others. And I am well aware how the actions from both sides has impacted on the rest of the world. Having said that the Jewish olympics (not its official title) are a sporting event, at most a celebration of a linked belief but nothing else. No different to a common wealth game at all. And do you know this girl, if not how do you know that the Jewish beliefs have been forced on her? You are right I wasnt aware that the current Miss Israel is an Ethiopian immigrant (good bit of googling there JD) but I do remember what 20 years or so ago the pictures of Ethiopian Jews crammed into planes chartered by Israel being flown to that country i'm well aware that the Israeli state welcomes Jews from all over the world. As I said above whilst I appreciate it is their spiritual homeland I disagree that that gives them the right to have taken it from the actual occupants garston tony
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12:28pm Fri 14 Jun 13

logic100 says...

This is just another closed shop. If the Jewish community is so embracing, why is it so **** hard for a non-Jew to convert to the religion, in comparison to say Islam and Christianity?
This is just another closed shop. If the Jewish community is so embracing, why is it so **** hard for a non-Jew to convert to the religion, in comparison to say Islam and Christianity? logic100
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12:28pm Fri 14 Jun 13

logic100 says...

The word I used was d amn - not sure why it has been hidden
The word I used was d amn - not sure why it has been hidden logic100
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5:14pm Fri 14 Jun 13

John Dowdle says...

Of course all games are sponsored or promoted by imperialist states. From the Greeks, through the Romans, the British, the Nazis and the Zionists, they all sponsor and promote games as part of their imperialist agenda.
The Commonwealth games are a relic and a hangover from the days of the British Empire. Perhaps the few British Imperialists still hanging around harbour hopes - if not ambitions - for a restoration of a British, or at least English-speaking, Empire.
If you do not believe that such people exist, I suggest you seek some introductions from some of those who still hang around with the county set.
I don't blame the "games" participants, who are usually not bright enough to realise how they are being used by imperialists.
Holly Fisher is yet another innocent dupe of the Zionist imperialists; it is not her fault that she is too young and immature to know this, though her parents ought to know better.
To understand the mentality of the Zionists, look at their proposed homeland map submitted to the 1919 Versailles peace conference and then you will realise the extent of their territorial/imperial ambitions.
Look at their constitution and see if you can establish the actual extent or limitations of the boundaries of their state. If you find this information, do let me know, as the present state of affairs suggests an unlimited ambition for unlimited lebensraum on their part.
Me google? I prefer Duck Go Go.
I read about the current Miss Israel in the Jerusalem Post while I was staying in Jerusalem. I do not rely solely on search engines for my information.
I go and find things out for myself.
I leave the armchair warriors behind me with their search engines.
Of course all games are sponsored or promoted by imperialist states. From the Greeks, through the Romans, the British, the Nazis and the Zionists, they all sponsor and promote games as part of their imperialist agenda. The Commonwealth games are a relic and a hangover from the days of the British Empire. Perhaps the few British Imperialists still hanging around harbour hopes - if not ambitions - for a restoration of a British, or at least English-speaking, Empire. If you do not believe that such people exist, I suggest you seek some introductions from some of those who still hang around with the county set. I don't blame the "games" participants, who are usually not bright enough to realise how they are being used by imperialists. Holly Fisher is yet another innocent dupe of the Zionist imperialists; it is not her fault that she is too young and immature to know this, though her parents ought to know better. To understand the mentality of the Zionists, look at their proposed homeland map submitted to the 1919 Versailles peace conference and then you will realise the extent of their territorial/imperial ambitions. Look at their constitution and see if you can establish the actual extent or limitations of the boundaries of their state. If you find this information, do let me know, as the present state of affairs suggests an unlimited ambition for unlimited lebensraum on their part. Me google? I prefer Duck Go Go. I read about the current Miss Israel in the Jerusalem Post while I was staying in Jerusalem. I do not rely solely on search engines for my information. I go and find things out for myself. I leave the armchair warriors behind me with their search engines. John Dowdle
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