Elisabeth learnt her bridge at Wimbledon Bridge Club with Giorgio Provenza. She was put forward for the English Bridge Union teacher training program by the Club and received an outstanding assessment in the appraisal. Elisabeth aims to make her classes fun and to encourage her students to progress into the Club's supervised play sessions and beyond. Elisabeth has represented WBC in the Wanborough Cup and the Mary Edwards Cup. In 2017 she won the English Bridge Union Masters Rank of the Masters Pairs. She has recently qualified to represent Surrey in the Corwen Cup.
Tim first learned the game as a child and has been an active and successful tournament player since 2007, recently coming second with his partner Helen in the Life Masters. He left his city career in 2013 to follow his twin passions in life, music and bridge. After gaining an outstanding assessment from the English Bridge Union's Teacher Assessment Program, Tim has been teaching the game for the past two years.
Naomi learnt to play bridge in her thirties and was fortunate enough to win her first ever congress which fired her enthusiasm to continue playing. Outside of bridge, her interests include horse-riding (she has worked with disabled riders) and being on and around boats (former assistant lock-keeper on the Thames). She has experience of training medical professionals to use IT systems and she is about to embark on her third year of training to become a counsellor. Her aim as a bridge teacher is to make the lessons engaging and fun.
Martha became a Life Master quite early in her Bridge career when she played in tournaments all over the country. She won the London Festival of bridge Mixed Paris with Felix Carlson playing against a number of famous bridge players. Her grandmother was known to be the best lady bridge player in Canada! She is a founder member of Wimbledon Bridge Club. With a background in teaching, she turned to teaching bridge in the 80s. Martha is known for her kindness, patience and in particular her sense of humour.
Terry was Chairman of Wimbledon Bridge Club for several years. She was co-founder and Chairman of the Night of the Stars charity Pro-Am Bridge tournament which raised over £250,000 for charity. She has been a member of the English Bridge Union’s Tournament Committee and is currently on its Tournament Panel.
As Chairman of WBC, Terry became involved in our teaching program. During this time she assisted teachers and ran supervised sessions at WBC and currently runs sessions at other venues.
Graham started teaching for the old Inner London Education Authority in the late seventies and after that body was abolished carried on teaching for an evening institute based in Balham. This continued in total for about twenty years. Since then he has run courses for Wimbledon Bridge Club - the longest lasting sixty weeks - but now specialises mainly in short courses.
Tim's first love in the games world was chess. He has played internationally at senior level and have also had considerable experience of teaching. He came to bridge later and found that it has a higher element of social fun to it. He is retired now, and can devote more time to playing and teaching this great game which can be enjoyed at many levels and by all age groups.
Simon has played bridge for around 35 years. He taught at the National School of Government for some years. He has been teaching bridge for about 2 years and he tries to make his lessons fun and informative. In his spare time, he is a guitarist and singer playing mostly Jazz, blues, folk and anything that takes his fancy.
Hilary first started playing Bridge more years ago than she cares to remember but her career as a Chartered Accountant and bringing up a family meant there was no time for regular bridge games.
Now retired from accountancy, Hilary has taken up the game with renewed enthusiasm and plays at least 3 times a week. She is passionate about passing on the joys of bridge to new players and so decided to start teaching in 2016 and qualified as a full member of the EBU Teaching Association in 2018. Hilary teaches Beginners and Intermediates and is keen to encourage her students to progress from the classroom into the Supervised Play and Normal Duplicate sessions at the Club. She is also involved in the club’s Junior Bridge programme.
When not teaching or playing, Hilary can usually be found at her allotment, experimenting with new varieties of her favourite vegetables.