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Rather than tennis rackets, oars, bikes and boxing gloves, participants will require pencils, crayons and felt tips as they put their creative skills to the test for the chance to win the gold medal in our art contest.
For the Jewish News initiative – held in association with the International Board of Trustees of the Israeli Olympic Committee and the Jewish Committee for the London Games (JCLG) – youngsters aged seven to 15 are invited to produce pictures celebrating both London’s hosting of the Games and the participation of Israel’s finest sportsmen and women. The creations of our winners and runners-up will take pride of place in the Israeli accommodation at the athletes’ village.
The top artists in two age categories, 7-10 and 11-15 (age on 10 July) – picked by a panel including Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub, Israeli Olympic Committee chief Ephraim Zinger, Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer and representatives of our partner organisations – will each also receive their choice of either a new iPad 3 or vouchers to the value of £400.
Taub said: “This competition is a wonderful way for young people to express their connection to Israel and their support for Israel’s athletes. I hope their splendid drawings will encourage our Olympians to produce some outstanding results.”
Ynon Kreiz, founder of the Board of Trustees of the Israeli Olympic Committee, said: “From the Olympic stadium in Stratford to the sailing venue at Weymouth, Israel’s athletes can look forward to plenty of vocal support in London. This competition is another fantastic way for young members of the community to express their support for the delegation, both the sporting stars and those coaches and other staff who play such a vital role behind the scenes.”
Expressing JCLG’s support for the initiative – which it is hoped will attract hundreds of entries from schools and cheders as well as individuals – was Maccabi GB chief executive Martin Berliner, a founder of the umbrella group.
He said the competition “engages young people in positive activity that highlights all in one event Israel, sport and the 2012 Olympics. The opportunity for the winners to have their pictures displayed in the Israeli accommodation at the athletes’ village is a unique and inspiring prize. We would like to see every school, shul and community centre encourage their young people to take part and we will be contacting them shortly.”
• Entries should be on one sheet of A4 paper. Participants may use any medium but winning entries will be laminated so please avoid materials that would make this difficult. Entrants are welcome to include in their pictures brief messages of support for the Israelis but entries will be judged within the framework of an art competition. Closing date: 13 July. Finalists’ work will be published in the Jewish News of 19 July and the winners will be announced on 26 July. Send your entries to: Art Competition, Jewish News, PO Box 34296, London NW5 1YW. Entries are limited to one per person.The Summer's Big Draw by Justin Cohen