Bundaberg's Trevor Galletly calls the game of bridge the “world's most popular mind sport” and in 2023, he is encouraging the community to get involved.
Trevor is a teacher at the Bundaberg Bridge Club and has been playing the game for about 25 years.
“I enjoy the social interaction and brain testing in each game,” he said.
“The form of bridge played today is called ‘contract bridge’ and it was invented in 1925.
“It is the most popular card game in the world with over 100 countries as members of the World Bridge Federation.
“The estimated number of bridge players worldwide exceeds 60 million.”
Trevor said bridge involved four players in teams of two.
He said it was a great game that was simple for any skillset to learn.
“The appeal of bridge is that it is an easy game to learn, a hard game to master and you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy it,” he said.
From 31 January, Trevor said the Bundaberg Bridge Club would be offering lessons to those interested in learning more, with the first lesson free.
“We are currently planning lessons to commence 9 am 31 January and our new lesson format is aiming to have students playing and enjoying in four weeks,” he said.
“Our competitions often include novice, intermediate and advanced, however, we are still in the same room.
“The age range can be from 15 years to 80 and everyone has the chance to play against champions at the game.”
Trevor said there were many benefits to playing bridge, including improving your:
- logical thinking skills
- problem-solving ability
- concentration; and
- critical thinking ability
To find out more, contact Trevor at the Bundaberg Bridge Club on 0417196315 or get involved in the next round of lessons from 9 am on Tuesday, 31 January at the clubhouse on Kendalls Road.
The first session is free and costs $5 thereafter.
You can also watch live demonstrations by the Bundaberg Bridge Club at the Bundaberg Library on Thursday, January 19, Saturday 21. Tuesday 24 and Saturday 28 from 10 am weekdays and 9 am weekends.
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