Moran Samuel

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Moran Samuel
Personal information
Born (1982-04-24) April 24, 1982 (age 38)
Karmiel, Israel

Moran Samuel[1] (Hebrew: מורן סמואל‎; April 24, 1982) is an Israeli paralympic basketball player and world champion rower.


Samuel grew up in Karmiel, where she began playing basketball. During her military service in the Israeli Air Force,[2] she was an outstanding athlete enrolled in a program that permits top athletes to complete their mandatory service while representing the country in sports as well; after her service, she played on the Israel women's national basketball team. In 2006, she suffered a spinal stroke[3] and became paralyzed in her lower body. After she recovered, she completed her academic studies at Haifa University and became a physical therapist, and then worked with the Paralympic Sports Association team on the re-establishment of the Israeli women's basketball team on wheelchairs.

Sports career[edit]


Playing with the national women's basketball team, she qualified for the European Wheelchair Basketball Championship, held in Nazareth in 2011, and simultaneously joined the Beit HaLohem[2] team in Tel Aviv, with Samuel being the sole woman in an all-male team.[4] Beit LaLohem won the double championship in 2011. In 2013, she played for Israel at the European Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Frankfurt, with the team finishing in the seventh place overall. At this competition, she was voted one of the five best players in Europe titled "All Star Team".[5]


As part of her paralympic sport activities, and as suggested by her life partner, also a rower,[3] she started to train in rowing in 2010 and represented Israel at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London, finishing fifth. Earlier that year, she won a race in single scull competition at the Adaptive Rowing Regatte in Gavirate, Italy,[6] but the organizers did not have a copy of the Hatikva, Israel's national anthem; she asked for the microphone and sang it instead. In 2015, she won the gold medal at the World Cup event in Lake Varese,[7] defeating the reigning world champion, Norwegian rower Birgit Skarstein.

At the 2015 World Rowing Championships held in Lac d'Aiguebelette, France, she won the gold medal in the women's AS single sculls,[8] thus earning a spot at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.[9] Also, she received the bronze medal in June 2016 at the World Rowing Cup in Poznań.[10]

Samuel took part in the torch lighting ceremony at the 2017 Maccabiah Games in July 2017.[11]

Personal life[edit]

She is a lesbian.[12]


  1. ^ World Rowing. "Moran Samuel". Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b Moran Samuel: Paralympic rower, part-time basketball champ. Jerusalem Post
  3. ^ a b Tales of tragedy, trauma and inspiration behind Israel’s Paralympic medal hopes. Times of Israel
  4. ^ Moran Samuel. WIZO
  5. ^ Llegó el final del Campeonato de Europa BSR. ¡¡¡SOMOS BRONCE!!! Crónica. Archived 2016-08-21 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Champion rower can sing, too. Times of Israel
  7. ^ Israeli paralympic rower Moran Samuel wins gold medal at World Cup
  8. ^ Moran Samuel named Female Athlete of the Year at Israeli Paralympic Committee annual awards
  9. ^ Moran Samuel clinches right to represent Israel in Rio; goes for Worlds medal Archived 2015-12-27 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Sport Week: Samuel balances motherhood, training
  11. ^ Ervin, Gilot To Participate In Torch Lighting At Maccabiah Games
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