Olympic hopeful allowed to study abroad

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
October 25, 2007 10:12

A 15-year-old Tel Aviv boy is making history by being the first Israeli allowed by the Education Ministry to study at an Israeli school from overseas, reports Yediot Tel Aviv

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A 15-year-old Tel Aviv boy is making history by being the first Israeli allowed by the Education Ministry to study at an Israeli school from overseas, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. Leon Spector, an outstanding student at the Herzliya Gymnasium in Tel Aviv and considered a potential Olympic swimmer, moved to Lugano, Switzerland, with his family last month to enable him to further his swimming training, and has become the first - and so far only - Israeli student permitted to continue his studies via the Internet at an Israeli institution. According to the report, when Spector moved abroad, both he and Herzliya Gymnasium principal Chana Ne'eman wanted him to be able to continue his studies at the school, and Ne'eman fought to have the idea approved by the Education Ministry. She created a structured schedule that would enable the boy to receive his lessons and send in homework and assignments via the Internet, and have one hour a day face-to-face with a teacher through Skype. He will still have to return to Israel at certain times for examinations, however. In the meantime, Spector is continuing his swimming training in Lugano under renowned coach Gennadi Touretski, who has trained top swimmers Alexander Popov and Ian Thorpe. Spector hopes to be on the Israeli swimming team at the London Olympics in 2012.


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