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January 14, 2002

Paul Brayshaw's clean sweep of 2001 youth bridge awards

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.