The sport of darts in Cayman has a
new chief and like the last head honcho he hails from West Bay.
Paul Anglin was elected as the new
President of the Cayman Islands Darts Association last Thursday. Some 20 odd
people at the Mango Tree bar voted in Anglin during the association’s annual
general meeting. He takes over the presidency from Arthur Ebanks, who held the
post the last four years. Interestingly, Ebanks was awarded a special plaque
for his years of service to darts by Anglin and stated he will now shift his
focus to the fundraising side of the association.
Anglin is happy to president. “It’s
just a wonderful feeling,” Anglin said. “I have an opportunity to embrace the
position, which is a long-time dream for me. Arthur did a wonderful job in
regards to getting sponsors, media exposure and everything else. Being new to
this position I look forward to liaising with him, former President Trevor
Lloyd and other association members.”
Another new member on the executive
committee is Richard Campbell. The 26-year-old George Town native is now the
vice-president, taking over from Ricky Bodden. The motorsports enthusiast took
the post as a tribute to Phillip Parsons, who passed away suddenly last year
roughly mid-way through his tenure.
Anglin states he and Campbell have
many plans for the future. “There are so many ideas Richard and I have. With
the help of the members we want to achieve things like improving the league
with an A and B league and getting more youth involved.”
The other three committee members
were all re-elected and go into their third year. Miriam Rodriguez remains
secretary, Michelle Cullen continues on as treasurer and Eddie Ballantyne is
still venue inspector.
Aside from the board member
elections a number of topics were covered. One of them was an awards ceremony
for the top teams in the 2009-10 local league. Dubbed the Philip Parsons
Memorial Darts League, the competition wrapped up during the summer months.
Second place went to The Mob, who were represented by Cliff Weeks and Rodan
Asuncion. First place for the season ended up being a tie between Snipers, led
by Mel Tagalog and Tiffany Laurie, and Corner Pocket Regulars, featuring Earl
Smith and Edsell Haylock.
In addition international
tournaments were covered. Arek Archibold received a second place plaque for his
performance in the Junior singles event in the Americas Cup at the 2010 Caribbean
Championships in Abaco, Bahamas. Initial planning for the 2011 World Cup of
Darts and the 2012 Caribbean Championship was also proposed.
The financial statements of the
association were discussed. By the end of its fiscal year on 31 August the
association had an equal number of assets and liabilities on its balance sheet.
The profit and loss statement did show a slight deficit, which was a result of
the expenses incurred in attending the Caribbean Championships.
Treasurer Michelle Cullen was quick
to say the association is in good stead with its finances. “The association is
financially sound,” Cullen said. “We appreciate the support from the community
for our past endeavours and tournaments and we look forward to continued
support in the future.”