Internationals

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Internationals News

England's Women competing in China - three silvers for Sally Brock

The members of England's Women team have been competing in China in the 2nd IMSA Elite Mind Games. The competition featured four of the world's leading teams, and Fiona Brown & Sally Brock, Catherine Draper & Nevena Senior, and Lizzie Godfrey & Nicola Smith were invited to play following the team's medal winning performance in the 2017 Venice Cup.

In the opening teams competition, England were beaten in the final by Sweden.

In the Pairs competition, Sally & Fiona finished 2nd, Nevena & Catherine were 4th, and Nicola & Lizzie came 7th.

In the individual competition, Sally completed a hat-trick of silver medals. She was the only English player to finish in the top half of the field.

England Juniors play in Channel Trophy this weekend

England's Junior teams have traveled to Leuven, near Brussels, to take part in the Channel Trophy this weekend. The competition pits England, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands against each other, with competitions for the U26, U26 Women and U21 teams.

The England teams are:
U26: Michael Alishaw & Stephen Kennedy; Toby Nonnenmacher & Kyle Lam; Shahzaad Natt & Ben Norton ; NPC: Paul Barden
U26 Women: Yvonne Wiseman & Alexandra Birchall ; Siyu Ren & Laura Covill ; Ewa Wieczorek & Olivia Bailey; NPC: Giorgio Provenza
U21: Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter ; Kripa Panchagnula & Harry Madden ; Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; NPC: Michael Byrne

Matches can be watched on Bridge Base Online from 6:45pm this evening (see their schedule for details). The event concludes on Sunday morning.

Junior fundraising rolls out

Fundraising to send our four Junior Teams (U26; U26 Women; U21; U16) to the World Youth Teams Championships next year has begun in earnest.

EBU Vice-Chairman Ian Payn has taken responsibility for the campaign after the resignation of Darren Evetts from the EBU Board. He will be supported by the Chairman of the Selection Committee, Gillian Fawcett, Squad Leaders, players themselves and their parents, in his endeavours to engage counties clubs and individuals in raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

County Chairmen have already been written to, and the response so far has been encouraging (Sussex having already raised funds well before the letters even went out), and we have also received a very generous donation from the Worshipful Company of Playing Card Makers.

This campaign has only two rules:

  • 1. No contribution is too small, We are grateful for any effort.
  • 2. No hard sell: this is an entirely voluntary affair.

There is very exciting news on the major sponsor front, as well. Squad Leader for the Women’s U26 Sally Brock has managed to acquire a massive £10,000 donation from Touchlight to fund travel and, crucially, training for the U26 Women’s team. We are incredibly grateful to them.

"Touchlight is delighted to support the Under 26 Women’s Bridge team and look forward to seeing their progress throughout 2018.
Touchlight was established on the conviction that our ever-increasing understanding of DNA would lead to its emergence as a material of the future. As such we have developed, patented, scaled and evidenced a revolutionary enzymatic platform to enable the new generation of DNA-based products."

But it’s not all about big packages – we want everyone who wants to, to feel a part of this, to feel they’re encouraging the future of the game.

If you want some ideas or further information please e-mail Ian Payn (idp@ebu.co.uk) or Peter Stockdale (peter.stockdale@ebu.co.uk).