Amitzur Shapira was born in 1952 and lived in Herzliya. He was one of the outstanding sprinters in the 1950’s and in 1952 earned a degree to be a physical education teacher while also becoming a track and field coach. Shapira dedicated his time and efforts to sport and helped guide the younger generation of stars in track and field. One of his most outstanding achievements was the discovery of Esther Shachamarov as he served as her coach and guide for six years while she competed in Israel and abroad – until the Munich Olympics. For many years he was a teacher and educator at the Wingate Institute’s Beit Midrash.
Amitzur Shapira was 40 years old at the time of his death and left behind his wife and two children as well as two children from a previous marriage. He is buried at Kiryat Shaul cemetery