Maccabi SA first competed in athletics at the 1935 Games where every member of the five-man squad won a medal, followed by 16 medals in 1950. Team SA continued to perform well until 1969, with standout performances by Harold Bromberg (1957) who still holds the Maccabi Record for the 100m sprint with a time of 10.44 seconds, and Lorraine Lotzof (1965) who won gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Ms Lotzof was also awarded the Trophy for Outstanding Athlete across all sports at the 1965 Games. Maccabi SA did not compete again in athletics until 1989, winning gold and bronze medals in the half marathon. Since then, although track and field as it became known is still a well supported event at the Maccabiah, marathon and half marathon events have become very popular.


Maccabi SA is seeking an Athletics Convenor to develop the Maccabi SA programme. If you are interested in competing in the 2017 Maccabiah or would like to volunteer as Convenor, please contact