BY ADAM CAILLER
EDDIE and Fran Edwards will be hoping to return from Israel next month with a suitcase full of gold.
For three of their daughters — Ellie, Allana and Orli — will be representing Team GB at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel.
“This is an incredible honour and it is the first time that three siblings have been picked to represent Great Britain and, as far as anyone knows, the first time three sisters have been picked to represent any country from around the world at a Maccabiah Games,” Eddie, of Prestwich, Manchester, said.
Ellie, 20, is the oldest of the trio. The young athletics star already has experience at the games, having been named the female MVP at the 2013 games where she picked up three medals — gold in the 200m, bronze in 100m and the 4x100m relay.
But, this time she has been given an extra responsibility, having been appointed team manager of the track and field team.
She said: “I hope to be an inspiration for all the young athletes. I will still be competing, but as a young senior.
“Medals will be very hard to come by as I am up against much older, more experienced athletes from countries such as Israel and Russia — some of whom have competed in the World Championships.
“However, I am extremely excited about this new role.”
Ellie has also represented Birmingham University in national student events, and toured the Ivy League Universities in America with her team.
The middle of the three girls is 17-year-old Manchester King David High School pupil Allana.
Her specialist event is track and field hurdles.
Allana, who is vice-captain of the team, said: “I am looking to compete in the 400m and 100m hurdles.
“The events are being held at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which is exciting.
“At the Maccabiah, there is no junior 400m hurdle event so I will going up against the seniors.
“This does make my medal prospects really difficult, however, having watched Ellie four-years-ago, I’m just looking forward to being part of the whole Maccabiah experience.”
Meanwhile, 14-year-old Orli doesn’t compete on the running track like her sisters, but is a star of the netball court.
Eddie explained: “Focusing on netball has paid dividends as Orli is the youngest netball player in the squad, as well as the only player from outside London.
“This has meant regular train journeys to and from London, but she has always been eager to be part of the squad and has not missed a single training session.
“She is particularly looking forward to being part of the opening ceremony and marching out as part of Team GB.”
The netball tournament will be taking place in Ra’anana.
And there will be a fourth reason to celebrate for the family as eldest daughter Abby, 22, will be graduating the day before the family heads to Israel.
She read animation at Edinburgh University and will be receiving her degree . . . then heading to Luton airport for the flight to Israel.
They hope to arrive in time for the opening ceremony, joining proud grandparents Aubrey and Barbara Moss.
Eddie’s mum Lita Edwards will be in Edinburgh for Abby’s graduation, but will then be waiting for regular updates on her sporty grandchildren.