History of StepBridge Australia
StepBridge Australia was started in 2005 with its founder and owner Willem Willemse. The club, though small in numbers, supported Willem and its purpose of providing an online bridge club for Australian bridge players. Willem was also the official Bridgemate representative in Australia at the time.
Sadly, Willem passed away in 2016 and the club he loved sadly closed down. However the members of StepBridge rallied together to resurrect the club as an Incorporated Association. This involved members loaning money to a start up fund to get the club up and running again.
The club, in these last few years, has had a core membership of approximately 100 players. Sessions were held each night at 8pm and also on weekends at 4pm. Most sessions would have at least 5 tables in play.
We were wanting to grow StepBridge further, so advertised in the Gold Coast Congress Bulletin this year. However, we would never have envisioned that it would take an pandemic to grow the club and we never thought it would of grown to the numbers we have at the moment.