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JEREMY DHONDY

Gold Award

EBU Awards 2019

These awards were announced at the 2019 AGM. The Gold Award is given for outstanding contribution to the management and

administration of the game at national and international level. The Diamond Award is given to players in recognition of

excellence and success over a sustained period for England's international teams. The Tony Priday award is given for

outstanding contribution to bridge and enhancing the game in all its aspects. The Dimmie Fleming Awards are given in

recognition of hard work for bridge as volunteers in administration at county level, typically giving 10 or more years of service.

ROBERT SHEEHAN

Diamond Award

JOHN HOLLAND

Diamond Award

John is a bridge professional and

WBF Senior Grand Master. In

2017 he was a member of the

inaugural class of the European

Bridge League's Hall of Fame.

In 1981, John won his first

national title - the Portland Pairs

- before representing Great

Britain in the Mixed Teams at the

European Common Market

Championships.

He has been a recent mainstay

of the Seniors team, representing

England in the d'Orsi Bowl in

2009 (first place), 2015 and 2019

(second place). He played in the

European Championships in

2006 and 2008, and in the Senior

World Olympiad 2012 & 2016.

John has nine Camrose caps,

four playing with wife, Michelle

Brunner, who died in 2011.

John has also won the Sunday

Telegraph Salver, for most

Master Points earned in a

calendar year seven times,

latterly in 2018, with the 2019

results yet to be released.

Jeremy was Chairman of the

English Bridge Union from 2013

to 2019. He gave a huge amount

of time and energy to the role,

and was very popular with both

staff and bridge players around

the country. He listened

carefully to EBU members'

concerns and responded

wherever possible.

Jeremy was Chairman of the

Law & Ethics Committee for five

years up to 2013. He continues

to serve on the editorial board of

English Bridge - 20 years in post

so far. His contributions,

suggestions and attention to

detail have been invaluable

during my (ed's) tenure.

Jeremy is a talented bridge

player with four English caps

from Camrose matches. He has

won many of the main domestic

trophies, won Gold in the

European Mixed teams playing

with his wife Heather Dhondy

and was the Women's NPC for

several outings during a very

successful run in 2012 and 2013.

Robert was one of the best

English players during the last

part of the 20th century and has

been part of a national team

many times. He won Gold in the

Mixed Pairs Olympics in 2000,

he was three times silver

medallist at the European

Championships (1971, 1981 and

1987), and was part of the team

which came second in the

Bermuda Bowl in Ocho Rios in

1987 - still England's best

performance since 1955. He also

won bronze in the Olympics in

Monaco in 1976.

He first represented England

in a Camrose match in 1964 - an

honour which he repeated eight

times. It was a good year as he

also won the National Pairs and

the Spring Foursomes.

He has many domestic

trophies under his belt, including

the Hubert Phillips Bowl - the

EBU's Mixed Knock-Out

tournament which he has won

seven times, most recently in

2019.

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