Grange Bridge Club, NSW
Like many players, Donelle Foate’s first introduction to bridge was being drafted to the table by her parents to make up the numbers when someone was sick or late.
“One would hardly call it playing bridge,” Donelle says.
“I imagine that gave me some form of card sense, though. My first serious bridge was in the bridge club in Lae, Papua New Guinea in my twenties, and then I continued when I moved back to Sydney at Lindfield, eventually becoming a Director at Gordon club in the late eighties.”
After moving to the Hunter Valley, where she planted a vineyard, Donelle was approached by local golf club members to teach bridge.
“The golf club members asked me to teach them bridge, which eventually became 6 tables at my home followed by Supervised bridge and then Open.
“Outgrowing my home, I started Grange Bridge Centre which is now 5 years old with a membership of 80.”
Donelle says her favourite part of teaching is seeing novice players developing a shared love of bridge and seeing them have fun with it.