Our JCLG Ambassadors help inspire more adults and children to become engaged in the London 2012 Olympic Games, community sports activities and volunteering. They promote the benefits of sport and a healthy lifestyle.
They will visit communities, schools and sporting events across London to support our initiatives and help increase young people’s enjoyment of sport and the London Olympic Games.
Our Ambassadors are role models who will inspire members of the community in the lead up to the London 2012 Games. They will encourage members of the community to be involved with the activities of the JCLG, being pro-active in sporting, schooling and community activities in the lead up to the Games and inspire members of the community.
Introducing the JCLG Ambassadors …
Philippa Musikant has been involved in gymnastics for twenty seven years, firstly as a competitor and then as a coach. As an international performer, Philippa represented Great Britain as an Artistic Junior Gymnast and then as a Tumbler in which she became British Champion five times and represented Great Britain at every major international from 1986-1993. She attained twenty World and European medals during this period, ranking third in the World and second in Europe. As a coach, Philippa coached the 1996 British Tumbling Champion, as well as the London Gymnastics Federation squad and Great Britain Tumbling Squad.
Born in Poland, Dr Ben Helfgott is a British Holocaust survivor and weightlifting champion. He competed for Great Britain at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 and was the British weightlifting captain both in 1956 and again in 1960 at the Rome Olympics. In addition he won a bronze medal at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958 in Cardiff. Ben competed for GB at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and sadly was one of the last people to see alive some of the 11 murdered Israeli athletes
Anat Fabrikant sailed for Israel in the 470 Class at both Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and Sydney in 2000. In Sydney, Anat and her partner Shani Kadmi narrowly missed winning a medal coming 4th in the race series. She is currently living in London.
Jo Ankier was the 1,500m and 3,000m Steeplechase British record holder. She competed for Britain in the Commonwealth Games and fronted the London 2012 bid video. Today she is a sports presenter and currently resides in the USA.
Born in Israel, Dr Boaz Kramer is an Israeli tennis Paralympic Silver Medalist competing in Beijing in 2008 with his doubles partner Shraga Weinberg. Boaz was born paralysed in both legs and his left arm. He started tennis at the age of six at the Israel Centre for Disabled Sport. He is active in the ICDS and the Israel Paralympic Committee. Boaz and Shraga regularly compete in the UK.
Eva Loeffler OBE is the daughter of the late Sir Ludwig Guttmann CBE, FRS who was the father and founder of the Paralympic Games. Eva herself is involved in this area and has an OBE for services to disability sport and is the Vice President of the National organisation WheelPower.
Josh West was born in Sante Fe, New Mexico, but rowed in the GB Eight at The Beijing Olympics in 2008 picking up a silver medal. Josh rowed for Yale and Cambridge competing in both the Harvard-Yale and Oxford-Cambridge boat races. He has won three world championship medals.
Lionel Price was born in 1927. He is a British basketball player who competed for Great Britain at the 1948 London Olympics. The team finished 20th overall in the Basketball competition.
Allan Louis Neville Jay MBE (born 30 June 1931, in London, England) was a British foil and épée fencer. He is considered one of the greatest fencers in British history and competed in five Olympiads in both épée and foil, winning two silver medals. At the Commonwealth Games he won 7 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals at the 5 sets of Games he competed in between 1950-68. Jay, fenced in both the foil and épée events at the 1950 and 1953 Maccabiah Games in Israel, capturing 6 gold medals.
Angela Buxton (born 16 August 1934, in Liverpool, England) is an English tennis player. She won the women’s doubles title at both the French Championships and Wimbledon in 1956 with Althea Gibson. Buxton won the women’s singles title at the 1953 Maccabiah Games for Jewish athletes, easily defeating # 8 world seed Anita Kanter of the United States. She won the singles title again in 1957. Buxton was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.
Susan Halter has lived in London most her life. She swam in the London 1948 Olympic Games for Hungary in swimming and still competes today. Susie is a supporter of the London 2012 Games and both her and her husband Roman, a Holocaust survivor, devoted much of their lives to the Jewish community and education in the community. Susan competed in 3 Maccabiah Games in Israel, medaling each time. She continues to swim competitively today at International Masters level.
Emma Phillips, née Clifford, attended JFS, leaving in 1986. Shortly after leaving school she went to Israel to teach horse riding for five years. Emma and her husband Michael now own and run a horse stud in Buckinghamshire. They raise and produce show jumpers and currently have two horses shortlisted for the London 2012 Games whose names are Robin Hood and Triple X. It is hoped that between them one will be fit and well to compete on the team. They are ridden by Ben Maher who was the best British Show Jumper at the Beijing Olympics.