Local darts is winding down its
competitions schedule but two more events are left on the calendar. One of them
has been moved up and is slated to take place in two weeks.
The Vivian Rankine memorial darts
tournament is now scheduled for 30-31 October. The competition was originally
slated to run just before the Mickey Mouse tournament (which is part of the
Pirates Week festivities). Corner Pocket will once again serve as the venue for
local hurlers at 2pm.
Competitors will be honouring the
memory of the late Vivian Rankine, who passed away a over a decade ago in 1998.
Rankine was an officer for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and was an
avid sports enthusiast, especially with darts. Funds collected from the event
go towards a scholarship fund for Vivian’s son George, who is looking to attend
college in the near future.
In years past the tournament was
organized by police officer Martin Bodden. However as he is recuperating from
eye surgery, Cayman Islands Darts Association members Carol Johnson and Trevor
Lloyd are now chief organizers.
Johnson, who has been in Cayman
since she was six years-old, spoke about the financial impact the tournament
has on young George.
“George goes to school here with my
daughter and I help out in the tournament every year,” Johnson said. “The funds
we raise go to a scholarship fund for him as he wants to be a marine biologist.
He’s 15 now and in three years time we hope the funds raised for him can help
him go off to school.”
From a competitive stand-point
Scotsman Eddie Ballantyne is the defending tournament champion. Early registration
for the tournament is encouraged. The registration fee is CI$25 for both days
and includes a T-shirt. For more information call Carol Johnson at 916-2433.