Noam Gershony, Israeli Paralympic Gold Medalist & Second Lebanon War Wounded Veteran shared his heroic journey from the IDF to the 2012 Paralympics at the Inaugural Young Professionals Cabinet Event last Thursday night at the Standard Club.
In what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as “a tremendous achievement,” an entire nation watched as the Israeli flag was raised during the medal ceremony at the London Paralympic games on Sept. 8, 2012. Six years before capturing the Olympic gold medal in wheelchair tennis, Gershony was serving as an Israel Defense Forces Apache helicopter pilot in the Second Lebanon War. He was severely injured in an operation that took down two Israeli helicopters, but, thanks to the tireless efforts of the IDF’s search and rescue team, and the doctors at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital, Gershony survived.
During Thursday night’s FIDF event, Gershony recalled his journey from being a young IDF soldier to discovering his love of tennis during months of rehabilitation. Today, he travels the world, sharing his triumphs with messages of encouragement, perseverance, and commitment, and serves as an inspiration to people everywhere.
FIDF Central Region President Tom Kane discussed the many ways FIDF helps Israeli soldiers and veterans like Gershony. “FIDF isn't just about aiding soldiers, but about making sure we are helping Israeli society continue to flourish,” he said.
This special event marked the launch of the FIDF Young Professionals Cabinet, introducing FIDF and its programs to a select group of supporters who are emerging leaders in their professional and communal lives.