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HEATHER DHONDY

(London)

Diamond Award

EBU Awards 2018

These awards were announced at the 2018 AGM. The Diamond Award is given to players in recognition of excellence and

success over a sustained period for England's international teams. The Life Membership Award is given for outstanding service

to the English Bridge Union. The Dimmie Fleming Awards are given in recognition of hard work for bridge as volunteers in

administration at county level, typically giving 10 to 15 years or more service. The Tom Bradley Award is given to a non-serving

school teacher who has made a significant contribution to Junior bridge.

LIZ DALE

(Leicestershire)

Tom Bradley Award

ANDREW ROBSON

(London)

Diamond Award

Andrew has been key to

England's (and before this Great

Britain's) Open team for many

years. His international career

includes:

D 12 appearances for England

and Great Britain in major

international events.

D winning the 1991 European

Championships

D making three appearances for

Great Britain in major junior

international events.

D winning the 1989 World

Youth Team Championships

D playing five times in the

European Champions Cup

D twelve appearances in the

Camrose Trophy

D three triumphant Junior

Camrose tournaments.

He has come first in seven Gold

Cups, six Premier Leagues, five

Spring Foursomes, two

Crockfords Cup, and twice been

the winner of the Player of the

Year Championship. He received

an OBE for his services to bridge

and charity in 2013.

Heather has been an integral

part of the England Women's

team for over 20 years. She has:

�D Made 28 appearances for

England and Great Britain in

major international events

�D Been 5-time European

Champion

�D Twice been the World

Olympiad champion

�D Won the World Mixed

Teams, the European Open

Mixed Teams, and numerous

silver and bronze medals

�D Made 17 Lady Milne trophy

appearances, winning on an

unchallenged 13 times

�D Represented England in the

Camrose Trophy.

She will be representing

England in the forthcoming

Venice Cup.

She is a member of the EBU

Board, Chair of the Tournament

Directors Development Group

and the Laws & Ethics

Committee, and has been Chair

of the Selection Committee.

Liz has been the figurehead of

and inspiration for the Stamford

Youth Bridge Academy since its

beginnings in 2016. Using

methods closely linked to the

National Curriculum for Maths,

she has generated interest from

18 schools. Her team of 'Buddies'

from Stamford Bridge Club have

been carefully trained and have

introduced bridge to over 1,700

children and counting.

Other bridge clubs have

followed Stamford's lead using

similar methods to get more

young people playing

MiniBridge and Bridge. Liz is

currently working with EBED to

train a small team of 'Buddy

Trainers' using her methods to

help other bridge players teach

MiniBridge in schools up and

down the country.

SYBA also has a weekly junior

bridge club for players who have

already benefited from school

sessions. Alan Shillitoe, former

U26 squad leader has assisted.

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