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, between 2017 and 2020, had a core membership of approximately 100 players. Sessions were held each night at 8pm and also an additional session on Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm. Most sessions would have at least 5 tables in play.
In 2020, the Coronavirus Pandemic caused the whole world, including Australia, to go into lockdown. This caused bridge clubs around Australia to close their doors and bridge players to find alternative means to play bridge such as online bridge. This dramatically changed StepBridge Australia for the better with multiple sessions each day catering for Novice, Restricted and Open players and allowing StepBridge International to update our platform to cater for the needs of the future.
As of February 2022, StepBridge Australia currently has just over 2,000 members with 7 sessions of bridge each day.