For the majority of our Elite Student Performer Scheme athletes and performers, the impact of COVID-19 has been resoundingly negative. However, our two bridge champions, Danica Fuller and Damon Flicker, have had no trouble finding the silver-linings of being stuck at home.
The card game bridge can easily be played via an online platform, so regular matches have continued throughout the entirety of the pandemic period.
"We've been organising a lot more state tournaments and youth league things online," Danica said.
"To be honest, my bridge has probably gotten better over this whole period.
"When I finish studying, I can go and play, which is something I often don't have the time for during regular life, but now it's easier to get online and play bridge.
"It's been a good way for me to disconnect from all my uni work."
Players have been taking part in a range of online games, from a couple of friendly hands to more serious tournaments.
Video calling has helped maintain the social aspect of bridge, allowing the card game to provide a sense of normalcy for Danica, who is completing a Bachelor of Paramedicine and Damon, who is studying a Bachelor of Commerce Specialist / Science.
Bridge is their passion and the pair are two of the few ESPS members who have been able to continue to perform at their peak while in isolation.
We wish both Danica and Damon all the best of luck with their continued studies and efforts to make the big time in bridge!