For the past decade Martin Bodden
has been synonymous with the Vivian Rankine memorial darts tournament. In spite
of major surgery in the last month Bodden remains as committed to Rankine’s
memory as ever.
Bodden underwent two eye surgeries
to remove a cataract in his left eye. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service
officer is in good spirits now and states he is ready to honour Rankine this
weekend. “I’m doing pretty good, everything is healed up now,” Bodden said. “I
wasn’t confined to my bed and I didn’t have any bleeding thank goodness. I was
off work a week and that’s it. I’m not done with that yet though as I have to
go back to the Lions Clinic here in Cayman for two more surgeries on the other
eye. “But this year, like the last 10 years, I’m ready to do what I can to keep
the tournament going and make a difference in young George’s life.”
The 11th annual Vivian Rankine
memorial tournament takes place this Saturday and Sunday 30-31 October. The
Corner Pocket bar sees all of the action from 2pm. The competition honours the
late Vivian Rankine, who passed away 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, 15, who is looking to attend college in
the near future.
Sponsors for this year’s tournament
include LIME, International Map Services, Corner Pocket, Tortuga Rum Company,
Carlos and Martin’s and Cayman Island Proper Service Management.
Bodden went on to say he’s looking
forward to continued support from the community.
“Last year was our 10th anniversary
and we had a good tournament. As you know we had overseas visitors mixing it up
with our local guys (like Edsell Haylock). This year should be just as good
(even though we’re not having any special guests for financial reasons). I’m expecting
the players to come in well prepared as they just came back from the Caribbean
Championships in Abaco, Bahamas. Every year people support Vivian and the cause
we have for his son and I urge everyone to make this year no different.”