Sarah Bell (née O'Connor) first learnt to play bridge as a student at Latymer Upper School. She started pursuing her interest in the game more seriously at Cambridge University, where she studied Natural Sciences. After graduating, Sarah left Cambridge to qualify as a Chemistry teacher and, following a couple of years in Manchester, now works at a top London school.
Sarah first represented England on the junior squad in the European Teams in Romania, 2009, and made many subsequent appearances for the U26 women's and U26 open sides. It was through the junior squads that she met Mike Bell, whom she married in 2017 (and, yes, plays bridge with). Shortly after their wedding, Sarah and Mike went to Toronto, where she won her first major event, the Freeman Mixed Board-a-Match (Point-a-Board) at the ACBL Summer Nationals. She formed a partnership with Nicola Smith in late 2019 and is enjoying focusing on women's bridge.
Sarah is also a member of the Laws and Ethics committee, and has recently become chair of the Online Ethics Investigation Group.
Last updated: November 2020
Major International Selections
Junior European Championships: 2009 and 2013
Lady Milne Trophy Selection: 2015 (EBU), 2020
Junior Camrose Selections: 2013
Summer Meeting Four Stars Teams: 2017
Tollemache Cup: 2017