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Saturday, June 6 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Off the map: a Jewish basketball coach’s journey from the Holy Land to the Land of the Long White Cloud

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Dan Shamir has been coaching professional basketball at elite levels in Israel and Europe, winning the Israeli Cup and Coach of the year honours. In 2019 he answered the call from the New Zealand Breakers basketball team to come and revive the flagging fortunes of this championship club. The appointment of an Israeli coach was a bolt out of the blue for Breaker fans. This session will explore the personal and cultural challenges faced by coach Shamir and his family. Oh yes, and we might talk a little basketball too.

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Dan Shamir

Dan Shamir, a top Israeli basketball coach, is the new head coach of the New Zealand Breakers. Shamir has extensive experience having won back to back Euroleague titles as an assistant coach and been named Coach of the Year in 2018 after guiding Hapoel Holon to victory in the Israeli... Read More →
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David Bigio

David was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He attended the Faculty of Law at McGill University graduating in 1988. David emigrated to New Zealand in 1989. He has worked in law since that time and was made a QC in 2016. He is a lifelong basketball fan.

Saturday June 6, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm AEST