President Isaac Herzog welcomes Israel’s Paralympic delegation to the president’s residence in Jerusalem for a reception to honor their achievements.
“You brought the whole people of Israel some extremely happy and moving moments,” he says. “We followed you and kept contact with you, almost every day. We kept stopping our working day for another moment of the pride and joy that you brought us.”
Herzog says that the athletes “blazed their own trail” to the Paralympic Games. Israel sent 33 athletes to compete in 11 sports, and returned with nine medals: eight in swimming from Ami Dadaon, Mark Malyar and Iyad Shalabi, and one in rowing from Moran Samuel.
“Having dealt with challenges from the day you were born, having blazed your own trail with perseverance, determination, and awesome willpower, you are all experts in the use of mental power,” says Herzog.
“The spirit that you bring with you to sports is something that should be studied and should inspire. You keep winning because you believe it is possible. Because you know that you mustn’t sit quietly and wait for victory to come; you must bring it, with all your might. With the help of willpower, choice, hard work, and perseverance.”