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Paula Lennon

Paula started to play bridge 30 years ago, in Goondiwindi, with her husband, Michael, and friends. They played various congresses when she was still in her 20’s, and later continued with a weekly game in the “baby and toddlers” years as well. There was always a glass of champagne or two, a good lunch, and a lot of laughs.  Her children say they made some of their closest friends during that time.

In her thirties, Paula was approached by QLD TAFE to teach bridge in Texas, a small border town in Western Queensland, but at that time, she was too busy with her Science career. Still, she knew she would teach one day, and that opportunity arose when she moved to Wallangra, in North West NSW. There are a need for classes in Warialda through NSW Adult Education. The first class attracted 18 students! What followed were more classes and more students – and this led to the need for a club. Paula taught her students all aspects of running a club, and so emerged an ABF-affiliated club in Warialda.  In 2008 she was presented with a business award by Bingara Chamber of Commerce for her  role in attracting people to the town through bridge

In 2011, Paula and her family moved much further west to a property south of Cunnamulla.  She found the isolation challenging, and was very keen to get a bridge class going.  So this is exactly what she did. Now 12 students are completing their advancers classes and plan to play in a “proper” duplicate game in 2013.

Paula’s dream is to introduce bridge to the wider South-West Queensland and North-West NSW regions, and she’s found interest for classes in Enngonia, Quilpie and Bollon.  The distance will make it an impossibility to run face-to-face lessons, but here’s where the internet will help. Teaching on BBO (Bridge Base Online) is perfect for people in previously isolated areas. Imagine the possibilities!

Congrats Paula!