The ER at Galilee Medical Center was cheering as one of its staff nurses, Ruthy Weiner, racked up six medals in swimming at the recent European Masters Games in Torino, Italy.
Held every four years like the Olympics, the EMG is open to athletes over age 25 in 27 different summer sports.
Weiner, a Master Swimmer in the 40-44 age group, brought home four gold medals, a silver and a bronze. She also broke the Israeli record for her age group in the 100-meter butterfly.
At the 2015 EMG, Weiner won two gold medals and one silver medal. In the 2013 Masters Olympics, she won a gold medal in the 100m and 200m butterfly and a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly.
“On the one hand, my achievement surprised me,” said Weiner. “On the other hand, I train regularly with the Maccabi Nahariya Swim Association and I also receive a lot of support from home and at work at Galilee Medical Center, so all the conditions were there for me to succeed.”
The champion swimmer noted, “Everything has to connect in a few dozen seconds of sharp concentration, effort and excellence with a lot of pressure all around and it feel’s great that I was able to do it.”
Weiner was Israel’s past champion in the butterfly stroke and in freestyle long-distance swimming in the sea. She has worked in Galilee Medical Center’s emergency room for the past 15 years.