Recognition for These Championships
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Recognition for These
Sunday evening's Opening Ceremony was simple
yet effective. We were honoured to be visited by the local Member
of Parliament, Adrian Sanders, who gave a nice welcoming speech.
A second welcome came from David Harris, Chairman of the English
Bridge Union, and, of course, there was our own Panos Gerontopoulos,
Chairman of the European Youth Committee, to officially open the
Championships, ably supported by Master of Ceremonies, Stefan Back.
The teams were introduced, one at a time, so that everyone could
see who they would be up against in the competition, as were the
main workers and officers at the Championships.
Wider recognition is a must if bridge is to
expand and develop as we would all like to see and we are also privileged
to have received a warm welcome in the Official Programme from British
Prime Minister, Tony Blair. The support of politicians gives us
real hope that the wider recognition we seek will eventually come
our way if we keep working towards that goal.
The Programme also contains a welcome from the
EBL President, Gianarrigo Rona and both he and WBF President, Jose
Damiani will be visiting the Championships next week, confirming
for anyone who had any doubts that these Junior Championships are
considered by everyone to be of great importance, on a par with
any other European or World event.
EBL Youth Cmte Chairman
I am very
pleased to welcome all of you - players, officials and members
of the staff - to Torquay on the occasion of the 18th European
Youth Team Championships.
We are indebted to the English Bridge Union
for offering us such excellent conditions at the Riviera Convention
Centre and the lovely resort of Torquay to play our prime
I am sure that we shall do our very best to
Championships the great success they deserve to be.Those on
the organizing side have already done their duty to a large
extent. It is now up to us to play the tournament in the great
spirit of sportsmanship for which Junior bridge is so famous.
I wish each and everyone of you to succeed in
your goal. Only one team can win in the compeition but all
can be winners in the department of ethical and friendly behaviour.
All can make new friends and renew older relationships. And
all can help bridge with their sportsmanship. Let us do just
Have a wonderful time in Torquay!