Ben Norton

"I was born in Nottingham in 1997, but after spending the first nine years of my life there I went on to live in London, Grantham and now Loughborough, where I studied at Loughborough Grammar School. I now write up Bridge hands for a living for the website Vu-Bridge.

I first became interested in cards while playing whist with my grandparents (although after making the progression to bridge they wouldn’t follow suit, so I’m the only one in my family who plays). I learnt how to play in my first and second years at LGS, and then developed at my local club – Loughborough Bridge Club and at school during lunchtimes.

After regularly playing at my club, I was lucky enough to be invited to several training weekends with the England U21 team, which I went to for one and a half years before being selected to make my debut in the Peggy Bayer in 2013. Since then I’ve had the privilege of representing my country sixteen times in junior events, mainly for the U21 squad but also for the U26s. (Editor's note: Ben modestly omits that excellent performances for England earned him, and partner Sam Behrens, the 2015 Young Pair of the Year Award.)

In my spare time I like to unwind by watching films and some television shows. Of course Bridge takes up the majority of my waking (and sometimes sleeping) hours."

Ben has also been selected for the Channel Trophy in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, winning in 2015 and coming second in 2016. In 2016 he reached the final of the European Youth Pairs in Latvia, finishing 13th

Last updated: October 2019

Major International Selections
Junior European Championships: 2015, 2017 and 2019
Junior World Championships: 2016
World Youth Team Championships: 2018
Junior Camrose Selections: 2018 and 2019
Peggy Bayer Trophy Selections: 2013 2014 2015 2016 & 2017
Junior Channel Trophy: 2019
White House Junior Teams: 2019
Camrose Trophy Selections: 2020