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Tragedy Strikes at Barbados Darts Festival

Trev Lloyd
Trevor Lloyd, Caribbean Darts Organisation

On the second evening of major tournament play at the 2010 Brydens Barbados Darts Festival, Trevor Lloyd, the long serving President of the Caribbean Darts Organisation, finished chalking a game, entered into a conversation with Anthony Forde and suddenly collapsed. He had suffered a massive heart attack and died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Rick Tardif from Canada had just defeated him in the Dewars Mens Singles and said afterwards that Trevor seemed to be fine during the game with no obvious signs of distress. As is customary, Trevor, as the defeated party, stayed on the oche to chalk the next game. It was to be his last ever contribution to the game and the participants he loved. It came as a shock to everyone at the venue and proceedings were abandoned for the evening.

Trevor was a Scot who spent most of his career in the financial sector and in the course of his stewardship of the Caribbean Darts Organisation ( CDO ) from 1990 there were many Caribbean darts players who would have counted him as a close friend rather than some aloof, distant, blazered administrator. Trevor loved the Caribbean and Caribbean darts players.

Perhaps his greatest achievement was to give to Caribbean darts players the opportunity for one of them to take part in the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship. And he would have delighted in the way that they have conducted themselves at this event over the years – none more so than Anthony Forde of Barbados who nearly caused the biggest upset of all time in his game against the current title holder Raymond Van Barneveldt in 2007.

Therefore it was both generous and fitting for Andrew Lewis, CEO of Brydens, the title sponsors of The Barbados Darts Festival, to rename the PDC qualifying event “The Trevor Lloyd Caribbean & South American Masters”.

He leaves a wife Francina, a daughter Sherina and a son Ryan and thousands of darts players from the Caribbean, the USA and Canada to mourn his passing.

But Trevor would have wanted the see the Barbados Darts Festival grow and contribute to raising the standards of darts in the region and the Canadian pair of Guy Masse and Christian Brisson generously donated their prize money to the cause.

That is why the organisers have announced that the 2011 Festival will take place from Monday October 31 to Thursday November 10. Wayne Mardle will host again and details of the 7 night packages can be obtained from
Festival Director Michael Heal:
www.waynemardle.com
E: michael.heal@btconnect.com

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