The Australian Bridge Federation Youth Committee is pleased to announce the following recipients of the major youth awards for 2014:
Andrew Reiner Trophy: Ellena Moskovsky and Lauren Travis
This recently established award is granted to the best performed Australian youth pair in international competition, taking account of performance in the events themselves, commitment to preparation, and contribution to team success. Ellena and Lauren anchored the Australian Under-25 Girls team at the World Championships in Istanbul, qualifying for the Quarter-Finals which Australia lost narrowly to the eventual winners, France.
Helman-Klinger Achievement Award: Adam EdgttonThis 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.
Adam has been attending Youth Week for the past 13 years and has enjoyed consistent success representing Australia on multiple occasions. He has a positive impact on all his team mates in all events that he has played, especially on younger players for whom he is a great role model both at and away from the table. 2014 saw Adam representing Australia at the World Youth Championships in Istanbul and the Commonwealth Nations Open Championships in Glasgow.
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: Adam Edgtton
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 Adam won with 173.29 masterpoints, which included winning the National Open Teams and in doing so becoming the first youth player to achieve that feat.
Hills-Hurley Trophy: Jamie Thompson and Stephen WilliamsThis 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.
Jamie and Stephen started playing together in 2013 and were selected for the Australian Under-25 team at last year's Youth Week, to contest both the Asia Cup and the World Championships. At the Asia Cup in Jin Hua, China, they won the Youth Pairs. Domestically, they enjoyed strong performances in both the ANOT and the VCC. As a ‘long distance’ partnership, Jamie and Stephen practice extensively on BBO, particularly in the lead-up to major events, and are looking forward to continued success in 2015.