Anglin aims to bring on kids

Over the last 12 months darts saw
its youngest player reach new heights. Clearly the sport has young talent in
Cayman and among the local hurlers keen to develop that is Paul Anglin.

The West Bay native is the new
President of the Cayman Islands Darts Association. He was voted in this week
during the association’s annual general meeting at the Mango Tree. Anglin
states he is intent on developing more youngsters like Arek Archibold.

“Our new vice-president Richard
Campbell and I intend to reinstate the “B” league in the local darts league for
people who want to get out, socialize and have fun,” Anglin said. “We  also intend to have more venues involved. We
also plan to get the schools involved and set-up a darts academy and then a
league for young person’s 12 to 17 years-old at a community centre, school hall
or somewhere other than a bar.

“Ideally it can be an after-school
or weekend activity that would hopefully be close to the schools and get some
government support. There are lots of youth tournaments around the globe and
our own local junior player, 12-year-old Arek, just placed second in the Junior
Americas Cup Championship in the Bahamas in August, losing a very good game
against a 17-year-old who is Canada’s top male junior player. The sport of
darts has benefits like improving your math, travelling to dart competitions
around the world, meeting new people and playing professionally. We hope to
have our visions are implemented in the very near future.”

Archibold’s success in Abaco had
been building since last year when he burst on to the darts scene. His quick
rise to success in the sport is unlike most of Cayman’s major darts figures. In
fact Anglin, 41, states he didn’t get into the sport on-island until he was in
his late 20s.

“I’m a retired Police officer who
served with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service for 21 and a half years. My
brother Cassius Anglin introduced me to the sport of darts in 1998 when I
joined his team. In 1999 I won a few “B” league championships including a men’s
doubles with Cassius and a mixed triples with him and Clara Bush. I moved up to
the “A” league division in mid-2001 winning a men’s doubles championship with
Frankie Martyr and a mixed doubles championship with the late Marjorie Bodden
in 2002. I also won the “B” division of the Vivian Rankine tournament in 2002
and played a very competitive game against John Nixon, winner of the “A”
division, losing to him 3-2 for the overall title.

“I captained a few “A” league
teams, winning league championships in 2003, 2005, 2007 and just this year my
team “Snipers” tied for first place with Corner Pocket Regulars (though we were
the only team to beat them twice during the league). I made the national team
in 2002 and played in my first Caribbean Championship right here on the island,
gaining much valuable experience. I’ve been on the National team every year
since 2002 except once. I’ve also been on the Executive board before as Vice
President in 2001-2002 when Trevor Lloyd was President.”

Joining Anglin on the executive
board this year are a trio of re-elected committee members going into their
third year. Miriam Rodriguez remains secretary, Michelle Cullen continues on as
treasurer and Eddie Ballantyne is still venue inspector. Anglin is quick to say
Rodriguez actually had a big hand in improving his skills in darts.

“The person that helped me
fine-tune my dart game and who I considered my tutor was long-time Cayman
champion and one-time Caribbean champion Frankie Coleman. He taught me the
mechanics of darts and instilled in me that whatever you go into, you should
give it your all. He was one of the best goal-keepers, domino players and dart
players I’ve ever met and had the opportunity to play with. I guess you could
say he is my sports hero. I’m now mostly inspired by my sister Miriam Rodriguez
who is also a national team darts player. She gives me good advice and fierce
competition when we practice at her house together.”

Ultimately Anglin, who was preceded
by fellow West Bayer Arthur Ebanks as President, states he is committed to
growing darts and urged any one willing to help the sport to contact him.

“I’m grateful for the sponsors and
media support in our sport and I look forward to their continued support.”