English: Medals at the Maccabiah games 2009

Medals at the Maccabiah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s an update from the Maccabiah Games ongoing this week in Israel:

From Maccabiah news: Master’s Swimming: Anthony Housefather the mayor of Cote-St-Luc on the island of Montreal and the visionary behind the building of their aquatic Center and swim team is racking up medals in Masters swimming at the Maccabiah. This past Wednesday he won the bronze in the 200m freestyle with a personal best time beating a field made up of swimmers from Venezuela, South Africa, Hungary and Israel. On Thursday, he crushed most of the competitors in his field swimming by finishing the 100 butterfly in 1:10.04 clinching the silver medal. Larry Bell and Ami Trauber also added to their medal counts on Friday.

Yesterday, on Friday, the Cote Saint-Luc Mayor won two silver medals.  The first was in the 400 meter Freestyle.  He missed the gold by 4/10ths of a second).  His second silver was in the 50 meter Backstroke.

Housefather also came 4th in the 50 meter Fly and missed the medals by 16/100ths of a second.  He and his teammates also won bronze in the Medley Relay.

The final tally from the pool is 6 medals (3 individual silvers, 1 individual bronze and 2 relay bronzes). The Maccabiah Canada Master’s Swimming manager believes this is a record for most medals won by a Canadian in the games so far.

Mayor Anthony Housefather

Mayor Anthony Housefather

“I am very pleased,” Housefather said, from the games in Israel. “Thanks to all for your emails of support and encouragement.”

Councillor Glenn J. Nashen emailed Housefather, “Absolutely amazing and incredibly impressive. I’m left humbled in the shallow end with my water wings! Way to go Anthony!!”

The final competition for Housefather is the Open Water Swim tomorrow.

Go Mr. Mayor!! Cote Saint-Lucers are proud of your accomplishments and continue to cheer you on!

Anthony Housefather at the pool in Netanya, Israel

Anthony Housefather at the pool in Netanya, Israel