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Tears as Eddie wins for his family

Men's winner Eddie Scratcherd
Men’s winner Eddie Scratcherd

With a cry of delight Eddie Scatcherd burst into tears of relief and joy as he won the men’s final of the darts competition held as part of the Rotary District 1070 Disability Games at Stamford Endowed Schools.

Runner-up Andrew Chomyn congratulates Eddie

For wheelchair-user Eddie, his win was special, coming just weeks after the death of his mother. Over the last five years he has lost both parents. It was also a relief because last year at the same event he had to pull out with a wrist injury.

Women's winner Leatitia Lavallin
Women’s winner Leatitia Lavallin

A few minutes earlier Leatitia Lavallin had reacted with the same elation as she had won the women’s competition.

Runner-up Tracey Muffett with winner Leatitia Lavllin
Runner-up Tracey Muffett with winner Leatitia Lavllin

But it was clear that all the 74 darts competitors (38 men and 36 women) led by runners-up, Andrew Chomyn and Tracey Muffett, had really enjoyed taking part. Not the least of those was Paul Checkland who scored 140 with three darts.

Paul Checkland points to the list of high-scorers, which he topped with a three-dart total of 140
Paul Checkland points to the list of high-scorers, which he topped with a three-dart total of 140

The event was all about friendship, too. Scott Keating and Calum Smith were both members of the Leicestershire team and enjoyed the banter as they sat beside one another to compete. Calum enjoyed Scott’s victory almost as much as Scott, vowing to get revenge next year!

Scott Keating and Calum Smith sit side by side in an early round of the men's darts competition.
Scott Keating and Calum Smith sit side by side in an early round of the men’s darts competition.

For wheelchair users, a dartboard was set lower than for competitors able to throw from a standing position.

In addition to the darts competition there were competitions in swimming, boccia, kurling, table tennis, weightlifting, shooting, and wheelchair racing, run by various Rotary Clubs from across the east Midlands.

The darts competition was run by members of Leicester Novus, supported by Leicester De Montfort Rotary members and friends. Leicester Novus thank The Darts Shack, Sileby, https://www.thedartsshack.co.uk/product-category/buy-darts-online/

Winners Leatitia and Eddie after receiving their trophies from Rotary District Governor Tim Tucker
Winners Leatitia and Eddie after receiving their trophies from Rotary District Governor Tim Tucker

Last edited 20:45 14.04.2019