Maccabi Athletics Leonard Bogatin recognised in Australia Day awards

Congratulations to Len Bogatin who was recognised for his service to athletics in the 2016 Australia Day awards. Len has had a long standing association with the Maccabi Athletics Club and as an athlete and team manager has played a key role in Australia’s involved in the Maccabiah Games.

Len was recognised with a medal (OAM) in the General Division.

See below his long standing service to the sport of athletics:

President, Maccabi Athletic Club, since 1990 and Vice President in 1981

2015 – Club Member, since 1967. Member, Standards and Selections Committee, Maccabiah Games, 1977


Team Manager on three occasions.

Organiser/Convenor, Victorian Junior Jewish Athletic Championships, 8 times.

Captain, Ajax Maccabi Athletic Club Team of the Century, 2002.

Inductee, Maccabi Victoria Hall of Fame, Maccabi Victoria, 2000.

Maccabi Victoria Perpetual Award named in his honour, 2010.

Member, Blue Zone Committee, Athletics Victoria, current.

International, National, State and Regional Athletics Competitor, 1967, 1986

1989 – Sports Organiser, Team Manager, Coach and Committee Member, 38 years. Athlete/Competitor, 1967

1986 – Club Official
Competitor (3 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals), Maccabiah Games, 1981,

1977 and 1973.
Has won the most Maccabiah Games medals by an Australian track and field athlete since Australia’s involvement in the Games.

Awards and recognition include:

Recipient, Volunteer Recognition Program Award, ‘for service beyond 10 years’, City of Glen Eira, 2008.

Recipient, Australian Sports Medal, 2000