The National Darts Team returned from Barbados where they competed in the Caribbean and Americas Cup, held July 8-17 at the Crane Resort in St. Philip, Barbados.
The National Team placed first in the Team Event of the Caribbean Cup. For the first time in the last four years, the Bahamas beat the Florida team, who had been undefeated up until then.
The Bahamas placed second overall in the Caribbean Cup and third in the Americas Cup, following the United States in second, and Canada in first.
Abaconians distinguished themselves in several events at the Caribbean Cup. Shane Sawyer and Dwight Miller’s team won second place in the Men’s Doubles, as well as in the Mixed Triples where they played in partnership with Sandra Ferguson from Nassau. Ferguson also made it to the semi-final in the Americas Cup, in the Women’s Singles.
Another Abaconian, Jessica Cook, made it to the semi-final in the Women’s Singles, behind Florida, an impressive feat that needs to be mentioned, according to the Secretary General of the Caribbean Darts Organization, Malcolm Spicer. It was Cook’s first year playing darts and she had never competed in an international event before. Abaconian Robin Albury was the runner-up in the Men’s Singles category in the Americas Cup.
The President of the Abaco Darts Association, Kevin Hicks, says that The Bahamas National Team always holds its form in the Caribbean Cup, usually finishing first or second. He also mentioned that the next Caribbean Cup will be held in 2018, hosted by Trinidad and Tobago.
Nine countries participated in the Barbados Tournament, but Spicer said that more countries should attend in 2018. Jamaica and Brazil have expressed interest in participating in both the Caribbean and Americas Cup next time.
The Bahamas’ team will travel to Japan next year to participate in the World Cup Darts Tournament to be held in Kobe. Hicks expressed his gratitude to the sponsors who helped make the trip possible.
The Darts Shooting season will resume by the end of October.