The National Darts Team came back from Belize with not only significant victories, especially for Abaconians Robin Albury and Angela Russell, but also with many memories of a great trip. The Bahamas placed second in the Caribbean Cup, with 81 points behind Florida (102 points). The National Team was also runner-up in the Team Event, with 48 points, losing again to Florida by only one point.
The local star of the tournament was definitely Mr. Robin Albury. He placed third in the Men’s Singles in the Americas’ Cup – the most challenging of the two events- won the Men’s Single and was part of the team in the Mixed Triples which placed second in the Caribbean Cup. Robin also topped the list with the most Men’s 180’s.
Two Bahamian women, Trudi Johnson from Nassau and Angela Russell from Abaco won the Women’s Doubles. The Mixed Triples Bahamian Team (Robin Albury, W. Copeland and Trudi Johnson) took the second place behind Florida.
The Americas’ Cup was won by the United States in front of Canada and The Bahamas in third position.
Altogether thirty Bahamians, including eight from Abaco, traveled to Belize City to participate in the two prestigious international events that take place every two years in a different country of the Caribbean. The Americas’ Cup Tournament started on July 20 and was played during the first three days; it was followed during the next seven days by the Caribbean Cup Tournament. All the Bahamian players were back home by July 31, in time for the start of crawfish season.
According to Mr. Malcom Spicer, President of The Bahamas Darts Federation, the darts players took the opportunity of every free moment to visit the numerous Mayan ruins and enjoy the Belizeans’ hospitality, which he said was par to none.
Nine countries participated in this year’s tournament, a slightly lower number than usual. While socializing together the representatives of the countries involved pledged to have youth in next year’s tournament. That event, the 2013 Darts World Cup, will be held in Canada. The 2014 America’s Cup and Caribbean Cup will take place in Florida, most likely in Orlando, an easy trip for many Bahamians and the 2015 World Cup will be hosted in Turkey. The President of the American Darts Organization, Mr. Chris Helms is already working on visa issues for the best players of the countries wanting to enter the 2014 events.