Hagai Zamir

Hagai Zamir (Hebrew: חגי זמיר‎, born 1951) is an Israeli paralympic volleyball champion.

Hagai Zamir
Personal information
Born1951 (age 69–70)
Zikim, Israel
Medal record
Men's volleyball
Representing  Israel
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Toronto Volleyball - standing
Gold medal – first place 1980 Arnhem Volleyball - standing
Gold medal – first place 1984 New York Volleyball - standing
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul Volleyball - standing
Volleyball World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1976 Volleyball
Gold medal – first place 1983 Volleyball
Silver medal – second place 1986 Volleyball

BiographyEdit

Hagai Zamir was born on Kibbutz Zikim. He served with the IDF's Paratroopers Brigade. On January 2, 1970, during the War of Attrition, Zamir was sent with his unit to the island of Shadwan as part of Operation Rhodes. Zamir and two comrades were injured by a mine. Zamir's left leg was amputated. After six months of rehabilitation he returned to the kibbutz and worked in the cotton fields. He also went back to playing volleyball, now on a team for the disabled.

Zamir is married and father of two. He was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.[1]

Sports careerEdit

Zamir was an active member of the disabled volleyball team for 30 years, taking part in seven Paralympic Games. He is a certified volleyball and tennis coach. He has been teaching in schools since 1982 and in 1992 he also became a coach of Kfar Saba's municipal team. Several of his teams won national championships.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tugend, Tom. "Paralympic volleyball star made Hall-of-Famer", The Jerusalem Post, December 1, 1997. Accessed February 2, 2011. "Hagai Zamir, Israel's handicapped volleyball star, who has won nine Paralympics, World Cup and European Cup gold medals, is among nine sports personalities from five countries elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame."

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