Tom Bradley Award 2023:
Chris is an unusual recipient of the Tom Bradley award in that he has never taught children in a club or school. However, he has made a huge contribution to youth bridge over the last few years, and in particular in helping youth bridge to recover from the impacts of the pandemic. In early 2020, when all face-to-face bridge had stopped, he was one of those who worked to support the monthly online events attended by up to 44 pairs of U18s. Moving on from this, he was instrumental with the introduction of the youth Grand Prix in 2022, a flagship multi-session youth competition. Chris’s IT skills and expertise as an EBU panel level TD have been crucial in administering the annual program of youth bridge events including setting up and updating the bridge4schools website (now the junior standard), liaising with the EBU regarding MPs for junior events at all levels. Chris has resolved many junior administrative problems making future planning much more straightforward for us all.