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The Australian Bridge Federation Youth Committee is pleased to announce the following recipients of the major youth awards for 2010:

Hills-Hurley Trophy: Nabil Edgtton and Paul Gosney

This trophy, donated by Richard Hills and Steve Hurley, is intended to encourage talented young bridge players to form long-standing partnerships and reward a successful pair which has developed a well-organised partnership to harness their full potential. In 2010 the stand-out choice was Nabil Edgtton and Paul Gosney, two of our most successful youth bridge players in recent times, who worked hard on their partnership throughout the year. Their results speak for themselves, including a win in the ANOT, a win in the ANC Youth Teams, 4th place in the ANC Open Butler, being the leading Australian pair on datums in the Rosenblum and spearheading the Australian Junior Team that qualified for the quarter-finals at the World Junior Championships.

Helman-Klinger Masterpoint Award: Michael Whibley

This award is granted to the Australian youth player who earns the most masterpoints in the calendar year in question. This year Michael Whibley won with 257.19 masterpoints, narrowly ahead of Adam Edgtton (255.67). This award can only be won once by a player and thus Nabil Edgtton (357.03) and Paul Gosney (356.33) were ineligible due to previous wins.

Helman-Klinger Achievement Award: Peter Hollands

This award is presented each year to the Australian youth player whose ability, achievements, sportsmanship, attitude, contribution and commitment during the calendar year are most deserving. The 2010 award was won by Peter Hollands, who has been instrumental in organising various aspects of youth bridge in Melbourne, as well as having had an impressive list of achievements in various national and local bridge events. This includes being part of the runner-up "Melbourne 4" team at the GNOT and winning the Victorian Open Pairs and the Victorian Open Teams.

Both Helman-Klinger Awards exist due to the generosity of Rabbi Helman, an American lawyer, prominent bridge enthusiast and philanthropist, who made a substantial donation to establish the prizes to honour Ron and Suzie Klinger's outstanding contribution to bridge in Australia. The Helman-Klinger awards this year have been increased by 50% through a contribution from the Friends of Youth Bridge Fund administered by the ABF Youth Committee.

David Stern
Australian Bridge Federation Youth Committee