Margaret Brown interview: Sunshine State Classic

The Sunshine State Classic returns to Inala Darts Club, Brisbane, next Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23.

This two day event will see doubles action getting underway on the Saturday, with the singles events taking place on the Sunday.

DA Media caught up with Sunshine State Classic secretary Margaret Brown to tell us all about this year’s instalment.

“It’s going to be great. It’s always been a very good and well run competition and we’ve always had great support. We’re just hoping Covid doesn’t take too many away from us this year,” she said.

“There’s no ranking points on the line, but all states have their own system going now. It will be a mostly Queensland dominated playing draw.”

“Inala Darts Club will be hosting the venue and will supply the bar and kitchen workers, and they do a lot to help,” she added.

Sunshine State is an independently run darts association and relies heavily on support from volunteers to get tournaments like this off the ground. Margaret thanked Darts Queensland for their tremendous support for the tournament.

“We are a darts association who runs this competition ourselves. We operated independently, and 18 months ago we approached Darts Queensland (DQ) to help us advertise this event, and they have done that and help us out,” said Margaret.

“They give us dartboards for the tournament, and the male and female winners’ airfares to the North Queensland Classic.”

“Zones 1, zone 2, zone 4 and zone 10 have come on board, between us we do the work, we find our money, raise money, so a big thank you to them.”

“DQ purchase the dartboards from Formula Sports at a very good price, so thank you to Formula Sports. DQ have been an incredible support because they understand how difficult it is to run competitions like this, and we’re thankful for that.”

For early nominations or tournament questions, please contact grandadjim1936@bigpond.com or 0419-742-309

For more information on the 2021 Sunshine State Classic, stay tuned to Darts Australia’s and Darts Queensland’s Facebook page.

Header image: 2019 men’s singles champion Gordon Mathers