Paul Anglin continues to be a popular figure head in local darts.
The West Bay native was reelected for a third straight term as president of the Cayman Islands Darts Association during the group’s recent annual general meeting at the Mango Tree. Anglin, a decent player in his own right, first assumed the presidency in 2010 from fellow West Bayer Arthur Ebanks, who had been in the post for four years.
Anglin said his focus now will be on more international competitions.
“The plans moving forward is to form a fundraising committee which will focus on coordinating events to ensure adequate funds are available for the national team to travel to the 2014 Caribbean Darts Championships in Tampa, Florida and any other tournaments,” Anglin said. “In an effort to increase membership, we have implemented a program called ‘adopt a player’ where each current member is expected to invited one or two new players to join the association prior to Jan. 8, which is the closing of registration for the national league. Teams will now consist of mixed nationalities to foster good relations between players.
“There are also plans to invite civil servants to join our league or maybe do a government league in the near future.”
Joining Anglin on the executive committee are Norrin Stewart as vice president and Nathina Ebanks as secretary, with Michelle Cullen remaining on as treasurer.
For the most part, Anglin’s tenure has been positive. The major tournaments, like the Pirates Week Mickey Mouse competition, have carried on with local players continuing to have a presence at regional events. There have been some low points, the most recent being Cayman’s seventh place finish at the 2012 Caribbean Cup in Belize. It should be noted that a few initiatives – which Anglin had been keen to spearhead – have yet to be accomplished, mainly spreading the sport into local schools and to the Sister Islands.
Hank ‘The Hammer’ Ebanks is a decorated Caymanian hurler who travelled to Cayman Brac last weekend to compete in exhibition matches. Along with Frank Martyr, Earl Smith, Irma Smith, Michelle Terry and Cliff Weeks, Ebanks said the idea of the trip was to boost the sport. In his mind, darts is not headed in a good direction.
“I don’t know what’s happened but we’re not getting enough young blood involved,” Ebanks said. “The schools, I don’t know if anything has been done about it and that was talked about when Paul was first elected president. The schools is the one place we need to sort out and get on track.
“I’m also sensing darts is not as important to people as it used to be. People are not putting that much time into it as before, there’s not enough interest.”
In spite of the negatives, Anglin says he is motivated to propel darts forward.
“With the new executive committee, I’m motivated by their positive attitudes that we will take darts to a new level going forward.”
The captain’s meeting for the upcoming national league takes place at Mango Tree on Dec. 9 from 7 p.m. For more information, call Paul Anglin at 917-6084