Trellidor sponsors national bridge congress
The Kwazulu-Natal Bridge Union was given the task of hosting the 44th Annual Congress of the South African Women’s Bridge Association in March this year. It was no small undertaking, but turned out to be a great success with our very own Tanya Rawson, wife of Trellidor Marketing and Sales Executive, Peter, on the organising committee.
Trellidor sponsored the main lucky draw prize which gave the winner, a delighted Winnie Katz of Gauteng, R15 000 worth of Trellidor product.
Here is Tanya’s account of the tournament:
Each province in the country entered a team for the Provincial Teams Event and a record number of Pairs entered for the Pairs Event. Trellidor was the main sponsor of the event and received tremendous coverage throughout the 8 day tournament.
The winner of the Provincial Teams event went to KwaZulu-Natal for the first time in 5 years! First in the A section Pairs went to well-known Springbok players Merle Modlin and Nicola Bateman from Gauteng and first in the B section went to KZN players Vanessa Armstrong and myself.
Each day several lucky draw prizes were drawn, with great momentum building up during the week for the main prize of the competition, generously donated by Trellidor and consisting of R15 000 of Trellidor product. It was drawn at the official prize giving on the final day by the Chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Bridge Union, Graham Burrows.
All prize winners were photographed and appeared in the Daily News newspaper in Natal with the Trellidor banner in full view behind them.
Bridge is definitely experiencing a revival in South Africa. The game used to be strongly associated with retirees but there has been an influx of younger people who are enjoying the “exercise for the brain”. It certainly ticks all the boxes for competitiveness and the promotion of mental well-being.
This year’s SAWBA tournament was extremely enjoyable and it was wonderful to rub shoulders with the Springboks and finest players in the country. People often forget about the social aspect of bridge too.
As with any sport or game, one can choose how competitively you wish to play the game. For some it provides a reason to get out and be sociable and for others it can replace the mental challenges one faced whilst working – or a welcome distraction away from young children.
After all it is now considered an Olympic event.
Pictured are Vanessa Armstrong and Tanya Rawson, winners of the B-section of the SAWBA bridge competition