Teacher Training Teacher Profiles Learn Stay In Touch

ABF Teacher Trainers

JoanButtsJoan Butts – National Teaching Coordinator

Joan Butts is the Australian Bridge Federation’s National Teaching Coordinator. In this role, she trains teachers and bridge players all over Australia.
Joan began playing bridge when she was 25 and has represented Australian in world championships. Her passion is bridge education. She has taught thousands of people how to play, at the bridge club she has owned for 25 years and all over the world.
She has written four books and plans to write more. She is also busy developing lessons and resources, both online and in person, to help more people discover bridge and improve their skills. 
In her role as National Teaching Coordinator, Joan conducts the Teacher Training Program and Continuing Professional Development Days.

Cath Whiddon – Teacher Trainer CathWhiddon

Cath Whiddon is the ABF’s first Teacher Trainer. Cath has been playing bridge since her university days and has been teaching bridge since 2010. Her initial eight-week beginners’ course for six students at the Peninsula Bridge Club has evolved into the Peninsula Bridge Education Program which in 2013 celebrated its 100th member completing the program. 
Apart from her role as the Director of Bridge Education at Peninsula, Cath has been the NSWBA bridge education representative for NSW with being the Metro rep for all bridge clubs in Sydney. Cath also works as a bridge teacher and director on a couple of cruises each year.
As a Teacher Trainer, Cath will be runs Teacher Training Program days.

ABF Accredited Teachers

Click on a teacher’s name to view their profile. 

New South Wales

Ballina Bridge Club
Anne Jackson
Rebecca Rogers

Brisbane Water Bridge Club
Christine Hadaway

Central Coast Leagues Bridge Club
Matt Raj Mal

Cootamundra Bridge Club
Jennifer Kozman

Glen Bridge Club
Sandra McBain

Grange Bridge Club
Donelle Foate

Gunnedah Bridge Club
Sandra Curran & Dianne Hasler

Hawks Nest Bridge Club
Leslie Falla

Hunters Hill Bridge Club
Carol Sheldrake

Illawarra Bridge Association
Jill MacRae
Frances Lyon
Marie Pickering

Kiama Bridge Club
Ann Blue
Ian Blue

Maitland Bridge Club
Jenny Coyle
Wendy Rissler

Narrabeen Bridge Club
Jill Sherlock

Parramatta Bridge Club
Margaret East

Peninsula Bridge Club
Cath Whiddon
Susan Falkingham
Vickie Busteed
Lynn Baker
Anne Small
Jennifer Ardill 
Kelly Barber
Susan Oxfeldt Jensen

Port Stephens Bridge Club
Trish Thatcher

Randwick Bridge Club
Stuart Packington

Toronto Bridge Club
Josephine Most


Arana Bridge Club
Jim Taylor

Gold Coast Bridge Club
Lynley Jenkins
Cecily Critchley

Goondiwindi Bridge Club
Paula Lennon

Redland Bridge Club
Deirdre Giles
John Dunne

Surfers Paradise Bridge Club
Birgitt Bingham
Kay Watkinson
Michael Witham

Sunnybank Bridge Club
Laurelle McDonnell

Tamborine Mountain Bridge Club
John Youngman
Denise Merrin

Toowong Bridge Club
Sandra Mulcahy
Sue Eix

Malcolm & Lyn Carter


Moonee Valley Bridge Club
Barbara Conquest

Geelong Bridge Club
Dot Read

Bayside Bridge Club
Jan Clyne

Knox Bridge Club
Stella Hammond

Yarra Valley Bridge Club
Nena Reid

Rye Beach Bridge Club
Brian Morgan
Margaret Morgan

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra Bridge Club
Barbara Toohey
Jeanette Grahame
Ann Pettigrew

55Plus Seniors Club Tuggeranong
Margaret Kennedy

Western Australia

City of Melville Bridge Club
Noel Daniel
Bill Symons

South Perth Bridge Club
Jan Howell

South Australia

North Adelaide Community Centre Bridge Club
Julia and Bruce Hendry

City of Melville Bridge Club
Arthur Porter

Honorary Teaching Fellows

Featured Clubs 


Peninsula Bridge Club

Peninsula Bridge Club is an ABF Accredited Teaching Club that prides itself on its friendly and fun environment. Based at the Nelson Heather Centre in Sydney’s northern beaches area, the club has approximately 600 members, a very busy events calendar and a successful education program.

“We are seen as the friendliest, fun bridge club around. Players come early to socialise and stay after a game to review and chat,” Peninsula Bridge Club Director of Bridge Education Cath Whiddon said.

Read more…


IMG_20180405_124926Maitland Bridge Club

Bridge lessons are the not-so-secret recipe to Maitland Bridge Club’s success.

Established in 1975 and currently home to 165 members, Maitland Bridge Club Vice President and Bridge Teacher Jenny Coyle said the club’s friendly vibe and educational focus helped attract and keep new members.

“The club is noted for its friendly and caring atmosphere,” Jenny said.

“We attract new players through ‘word of mouth’ as well as from the distribution of leaflets advertising lessons for those people who are interested in learning to play bridge. Lessons are also advertised on our website.” 

Read more…