1976, Hagai Zamir, captain of Israel's
National Handicapped Volleyball
Team, won a gold medal at the Paralympics,
World Championships, and
European Cup. In his 17-year volleyball
career, all as captain of the Israeli National
Team, Zamir won a total of 15
medals in the three major international
handicapped volleyball competitions.
Zamir lost a leg and suffered severe
hand and facial injuries in 1970
while serving as a paratrooper in the
Israeli Defense Forces. A Division 2
volleyball star for Ashkelon prior to
sustaining the injuries, he returned to
the game to win Paralympic gold
medals in 1976, 1980, 1984, plus a silver
medal in 1988.
At the Handicapped World Championships,
Hagai won gold medals in 1976 and 1983 and silver medals
and 1989. His Israeli teams won the European
Cup in 1976, 1979, 1983, a silver
medal in 1985, and bronze medals in
1973, 1987 and 1989.