After an interrupted 2020, Darts South Australia is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
DA Media spoke to Darts SA President Mark Edwards, who provided an update on darts proceedings in the state.
“Current restrictions are reasonably good in South Australia. We currently have three of our affiliated leagues back in action, with three yet to go back,” he said.
“From a Darts SA standpoint, we haven’t held any formal competition or state championships since we stopped playing in early March.”
“We have players here and around the country itching to get back, but we’re trying to make sure it’s entirely safe before we do so.”
The decision to return to competition is based on several factors, with the main priority being the health and safety of players and staff.
Edwards said the committee would continue to communicate with affiliates about the plans around competitions, state trials and the junior nationals.
“One of our board members has taken control of COVID-19 requirements – and is in regular contact with affiliates to keep them up to speed – and ensure we’re adhering to the safety measures,” Edwards said.
“Discussions will continue over the coming months with regards to state trials and junior nationals – from a DA perspective.”
“Some of our associations are hosting social nights to do as much as possible to keep everybody involved and keen to play.”
“We encourage members to join in on the online competitions and keep their arm rolling and that muscle memory going.”
“Once we have more competitions running, I have no doubt our members will be back in even larger numbers than what they were prior to COVID. Because they’re keen to play, and they’ve been starved of it for several months,” he added.
In this difficult time for everyone, Edwards reiterates the need for the extended darts community to keep safe and stay positive.
“Our main key is to ensure everybody is safe and stays safe. Last thing we want to do is get everybody excited to come back, and we have another outbreak again.”
“When the right time comes, we’ll get back into it bigger and better.”
“Look out 2021, that’s all I can say!”