New Zealand Olympic sailing champion Jo Aleh (pictured above) has been inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Aleh (31) became a double medallist (with Olivia Powrie) in the women’s 470 Class event at the 2012 (gold) and 2016 (bronze) Olympics, and at the 2007 and 2013 world championships.

Together, Aleh and Powrie have won five World Championship medals in the women’s 470 class including a silver at the 2016 World Championships in February 2016 in Argentina.

Aleh’s father is Israeli and her British-born mother is a former member of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Growing up in west Auckland, Aleh convinced her non-sailing parents that she wanted to take up the sport after watching Team New Zealand win the America’s Cup.

She now represents the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

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