By Keren Cook for J-Wire

Alon Mandel is an Israeli Olympic butterfly swimmer who represented Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics and is the national record holder (2014) in 50 and 100 metre butterfly.

Mandel is visiting New Zealand presently to take on the Swim for Cure – Cook Strait event to raise money for research in Parkinson’s disease.

The Olympian started swimming at the age of 6 and began training at the club “Happel Emek Hefer”. From there, he initially raced in backstroke, and set records for youth in both the 50 and 100 metre backstroke.

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