Makeover Suggestion 1: Wheeling into the Barbados Darts Festival

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In July I'll be in Barbados. Most people can probably write a list from here to the back door with all the reasons they would like to have a week on a Caribbean island. Few would include one of my motivations -- to play darts.Barbados Darts Festival.jpg


Yes, as in Justin Dart, except the target will be a cork bullseye and not the traditional targets who wandered into range of his sharp tongue. In fact, Justin might have agreed that Barbados has a lot going for it in terms of inclusion of our people.

For the past couple years Barbados has hosted a Darts Festival in the fall. I'd like to meet Wayne Mardle

I know that July is a bit off season. I figure it's better that way. Less crowded. Anybody else who happens to be in the room when I get my hands on darts has more options for scurrying out of range.

But there are some darned fine darts players who use wheelchairs. Just ask Russ Strobel about all the Australians who use the Wildfire 137 Dart Frame - one that allows darts to be an inclusive sport.

Maybe darts,and the October 31 to November 10, 2011 Barbados Darts Festival can become a new itinerary item for a "Fully Accessible Barbados?" 

If so, I'm giving fair warning. For insurance purposes I probably should be assigned to the "soft-tipped darts league"!

Wheelchair Dart Frame

28/05/2010

From Russ Strobel


A special wheelchair dart frame has been developed to further the call for a recognised lowered dartboard height for wheelchair players. The unique design allows wheelchair players to compete fairly against able-bodied players on same dart frame for the first time ever.


With dart boards set at appropriate heights on each side of the rotating backboard wheelchair dart players can now throw and retrieve their own darts as well as score games for other players.


This piece of equipment represents the culmination of a four year project by local Yarram resident and Victorian Darts Council Vice President Russ Strobel to research an appropriate dartboard height for wheelchair players and develop a piece of equipment that removes all obstacles to their inclusion at darts events and leagues.


The Wildfire 137 dart frame will be displayed for the first time at the Victorian Open Darts Championship in Morwell on the 13th and 14th June where information and practical demonstrations of the difficulties wheelchair players have faced up until now will be given. It's hoped that the Darts Federation of Australia will now consider approving the revised dartboard height thereby paving the way for wheelchair players to enter our sport worldwide by throwing at a suitable and fair height.


Russ is interested in hearing from any interested wheelchair sports people prepared to hone their skills on the new dartboard height with a view to possibly competing in a demonstration event at a National competition during 2011. Coaching is freely offered to those interested.


Email: Russ Strobel at allbrothers@bigpond.com VDC Vice President to register your interest.



Wheelchair Dart Frame

Reprinted from Deadeye Darts:
http://www.deadeyedarts.com/news.asp?item=354&title=Wheelchair

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Good day to you!!! The information you've posted is really edifying to all dart enthusiast. For more details in this sports feel free to visit dart sharp who have a list of dart players and promotes dart sport. - The website you can see a lot of information in the sports dart.

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