Springs teen wins bronze in Maccabiah Games’ taekwondo competition

Amber Avroya, 17, of Coral Springs felt a great deal of Jewish pride while competing at the recent 2017 Maccabiah Games in Israel where she won a bronze medal in Taekwondo.

The Maccabiah Games, known as the Jewish Olympics, are an international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event held quadrennial in Israel.

This recent competition strengthened Avroya’s Jewish identity. It was the first time she’s visited Israel.

“I learned a lot about the country and I had the opportunity to see a lot of things I never got to see before that I’ve always wanted to see.”

Among the many highlights for Avroya on this trip were seeing the City of David, the Western Wall, Dead Sea, Masada, and the Children’s Memorial that recognizes the children that were murdered during World War II.

Julie Blandford, Avroya’s mother, said her daughter’s been looking forward to this opportunity since she found about the Maccabiah Games.

“She’s wanted to make the team since she was 11 year old and when she did make that team, she was very excited to connect to her Jewish roots, to experience Israel and meet family she’s never met before.”

Avroya said, “It was an honor to compete in my father’s home country while representing my country, the USA.”

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