Patrick Shields

Patrick started playing bridge at school but only got fully hooked when at university in Cardiff, where he learned from, and started playing with, the Welsh national team. He moved from there to live in Cheltenham and over the decades when he got married and raised two daughters, he was heavily involved in Gloucestershire bridge (most often as Chief TD), while retaining his links with Wales. He has represented Wales in the Home Internationals (as junior, open and senior), and in European Championships. He has been engaged in training of experienced players since around 2005, and had led the (small scale) schools bridge in Cheltenham in recent years. In the past year he has been heavily engaged in helping Gloucestershire players move to playing online, as well as playing more bridge every week than he ever did in a month before.