Vivian Rankine to lift spirits

It will be an especially busy month for local darts.

In addition to the Mickey Mouse Pirates Week competition next Sunday, 18 November, the Vivian Rankine Memorial darts tournament is scheduled for 25 November, from 1pm.

Carol Johnson serves as one of the organisers for the Vivian Rankine Memorial and states the event remains a big part of the sport in Cayman.

“We have people that come in and are dedicated to the tournament,” Johnson said. “We also attract new people and it gives them an idea as to what darts is all about here. Lately, we’re having problems getting locals to get into the sport. I feel socially, it can be a great stress reliever for people.

“Personally, darts is something I enjoy doing. It’s competitive, I like to compete and you can enjoy yourself. You’re also doing something for the community at the same time.”

A venue has not been decided for the one-day event. Most eyes will be on Mel Tagalog as the Filipino star has won the competition two straight years. Tagalog beat out a field of some 25 competitors last year. Other notable players in 2011 include tournament runner-up Eugene Deguzman, Rodan Asuncion and Cayman Islands Darts Association President Paul Anglin.

For the record, the tournament is in memory of the late Vivian Rankine, a former officer for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and a darts aficionado who passed away in 1999.

Johnson was the 2011 women’s champion and states this year’s tournament will be the final one to benefit Rankine’s family.

“This will be the 13th and final tournament. This year is in memory of Trevor Lloyd, who was part of the committee and is the last chance to fundraise scholarship funds for Vivian’s son, George Rankine.

“George is turning 18 this year and is ready to go to college now. He’s still planning to go to Hawaii. We’ll be handing over a cheque to him and his family.”

Lloyd, who helped put on the Vivian Rankine Memorial alongside Johnson, Horace Duquesnay and Martin Bodden, passed away in November 2010. He played an integral part in the tournament raising over $13,000 for a scholarship fund in George’s name. The son of Mavita Rankine is expected to attend Hawaii Pacific University to pursue an undergraduate degree related to marine biology.

For more information, call Carol Johnson at 928-2433 or ring Martin Bodden at 916-0509

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