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January 14, 2002
Paul Brayshaw's clean sweep of 2001 youth
Paul Brayshaw, Western Australia, has won the Helman-Klinger
awards for 2001. The main award ($400) is made for outstanding ability, achievement,
sportsmanship, attitude, contribution and commitment. The secondary award ($200)
is given to the under-26 player who wins most masterpoints in the calendar year.
Paul, together with cousin Simon Brayshaw, also took out the Hills-Hurley trophy
for the best youth partnership.
Paul is a product of the youth bridge system
in Perth. In 2001, he and his teams won the PABF Junior Championship in Singapore
and the Australian and Interstate Youth Championships on home soil. At the table,
Paul's pleasant demeanour and high ethical standards were significant factors
influencing the awards panel. Away from the table, he edited and produced the
highly-regarded youth bridge magazine YOBO as well as organising weekly tournaments
for Perth's young players.
Paul and Simon Brayshaw play the Kaplan-Sheinwold
system. Their hard work in developing detailed understandings has given them an
edge over other youth partnerships in Australia.
The Helman-Klinger awards
are donated by Rabbi Leonard Helman to honour the contributions made by Ron Klinger
to youth bridge. Previous winners were Mark Abraham, Tasmania, in 1999 and Kylie
Robb, New South Wales, in 2000.
The Hills-Hurley trophy was donated by
Richard Hills and Steve Hurley whose outstanding bidding system and partnership
led them to five national youth titles in the 1980s.