Dart players prepare for Canadian event


WESTVILLE – Two young dart players who have been honing their craft lately are getting ready to contest Canadian Youth Dart championships in Saskskatchewan.

Abbey Harty and Dillon MacLellan are scheduled to attend the event that goes from May 15 to 20 in Saskatoon. They are among 10 Nova Scotians travelling to the event.

They shoot darts at Branch 35 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Westville, which is joining others to raise the $2,500 they need for travel and other items.

Branch member Donald Calder said the air fare is reasonable, thanks partly to direct flights to Calgary before the commute in a small aircraft to Saskatoon.

Neither Harty nor MacLellan have been west of New Brunswick.

Calder explained that the top two Nova Scotians in each category get their way paid for, but not those who placed third as Harty and MacLellan did. The results were rendered at the provincial championships last February in Bedford.

Harty has been playing darts for two years.

“I like to challenge myself and do different things,” she said, explaining why she chose darts. “My dad always told me that it’s not about winning; it’s about having fun and meeting new friends.”

MacLellan has been playing darts for one and a half years.

“My whole family plays, so that’s how I got involved,” he said.

So far, a bottle drive , a barbecue, a Mother’s Day Basket and adult and youth dart tournaments have been scheduled.

From left: Dillon MacLellan and Abbey Harty show their dart form at the Royal Canadian Legion in Westville. (Goodwin photo)