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2012 World Championship Youth Teams Selection

The Australian Bridge Federation Youth Committee is pleased to announce the following teams to contest the 14th World Youth Team Championships to be held in Taicang, China from 25 July to 4 August 2012:

Ortiz-Patiño Trophy (Under-26)
Andy Hung - Nabil Edgtton
Peter Hollands - Justin Howard
Adam Edgtton - Liam Milne
David Thompson (Non-Playing Captain)

José Damiani Cup (Under-21)
Ellena Moskovsky - Lauren Travis
Daniel Braun - Rhys Cooper
Jamie Thompson - Renee Cooper
Nye Griffiths (Non-Playing Captain)

David Stern (Chef de Mission)
Alex Smirnov (Coach)

In preparation for this year's world championships, a formal coaching programme was established under the guidance of international bridge teacher and expert Alex Smirnov of Germany, a regular and welcome visitor to Australian bridge tournaments. Encompassing five days over two weekends in Sydney together with close supervision of our youth pairs at the recent Autumn Nationals in Adelaide, Alex led the players through a series of talks, system reviews, practice sessions and post mortems under full world championship conditions including screens and vugraph.

In conjunction with ongoing practice and preparation, we are confident that our players will be well positioned to be very competitive in the forthcoming Championships in China. Through the generous support of the ABF Alex Smirnov will accompany the delegation as coach of our teams.

Both teams are well-experienced at the international youth level with the Under-26 team boasting a string of recent national open titles and four members of the Under-21 team coming off their impressive victory in the 2011 APBF Championships in Malaysia.

In addition and through the generous sponsorship of an anonymous donor, a combined Zone 7 (Oceania) under-26 ladies team comprising Peter Gill (non-playing captain), Laura Ginnan - Lucy Henbest, Pascale Gardiner - Ella Pattison (Australia) and Jennifer Black - Andi Boughey (New Zealand) will compete in the Gianarrigo Rona Cup (World Girls Championship) alongside the under-26 and under-21 teams in Taicang.

We wish all teams the best of luck in the tournament.

David Stern
Australian Bridge Federation Youth Committee.

Australian Youth U25 Girls Team
Fund Raising Trivia Night

Lucy Henbest, Pascale Gardiner, Ella Pattison, Jen Black, Andi Boughey and Laura Ginnan will be heading over to China in July to compete in the Youth World Championships as a part of the U25 Girls team. 

A trivia night will be held on the Sunday of the VCC to raise funds to assist with the costs of the trip.

Details of the event and the entry form are in the brochure below:

Trivia Night Brochure