Daily Israel Report

PM to Paralympic Athletes: You Have 'Spirit of Champions'

PM Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the three Israeli medalists of the London Paralympics, saying they have the “spirit of champions.”
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 9/6/2012, 1:59 PM

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the three Israeli medalists of the London Paralympics on Wednesday, saying they have the “spirit of champions.”

The Prime Minister met with Doron Shaziri, who won a silver medal in shooting, as well as Noam Gershony and Shraga Weinberg, wheelchair doubles tennis players, who won a bronze medal.

"You are doing splendid work, congratulations to you,” Netanyahu said. “One needs the spirit of champions and you certainly have it.”

“You have proven everything we said and thought about you. You are two champions joining other champions. For us, everything is gold. I wish you great success," he added.

At the beginning of August, prior to the commencement of the Paralympics, the Prime Minister, along with MK Limor Livnat held a reception for the Israeli delegates.

“What you demand of yourselves, nobody demands of you,” Netanyahu told the athletes at the time. “You demand of yourselves and achieve things physically and, first and foremost, mentally. From my point-of-view, you are already champions.”

“I see you as an inseparable part of Israeli and Olympic sports,” Livnat told the delegation. “In my view, you rise above all other athletes with your ability to overcome your handicaps… You do amazing things and are a model for the emulation and admiration of our youth and all those who encounter difficulties,” she said.