The Australian Bridge Federation Youth Committee is pleased to announce the following recipients of the major youth awards for 2013:
Andrew Reiner Trophy: Justin Howard and Peter Hollands
This recently established award is granted to the best performed pair in the primary target international event, taking account of performance in the event itself, commitment to preparation and contribution to team success.
Juzz and Pete anchored the Australian Under-25 team to its two silver medals in the World Youth Open Championships in Atlanta and the thrilling come-from-behind victory in the APBF Youth Championships in Wuhan, China.
Helman-Klinger Achievement Award: John Yoon
This award, worth $400 annually and supplemented with a further $200 from the Friends of Youth Bridge Fund, is presented each year to the Australian Youth Bridge Player whose ability, achievements, sportsmanship, attitude, contribution and commitment during the calendar year are most deserving.
John has been active for several years in running the ANU Bridge Club and also organises the excellent annual Bateman's Bay Youth Weekend. A complete gentleman at and away from the table, John epitomises the six qualities required for this award.
Both Helman-Klinger Awards exist due to the generosity of the late Rabbi Leonard 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.
Helman-Klinger Masterpoint Award: Ellena Moskovsky
This award, worth $200 annually and supplemented with a further $100 from the Friends of Youth Bridge Fund, is awarded to the Australian Youth Player who earns the most masterpoints in the calendar year in question.
This year Ellena won with 144.73 masterpoints which included winning the ANC Youth Teams and several strong finishes in congresses and state events in Victoria (most notably making the final of the Victorian Pennant). Ellena was also the McCutcheon winner for 2013 in the Bronze Life Master category
Hills-Hurley Trophy: Rhys Cooper and Michael Bausor
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 who has developed a well-organised partnership to harness their full potential.
Michael & Rhys have anchored the West Australian youth team for several years culminating with ANC round-robin victories in 2012 and 2013 and winning the ANC in 2012. Consistently at or near the top of the datums and playing virtually every match, Michael & Rhys play a forcing pass system necessitating a significant amount of system development, discussion and practice.