San Pedro Darts Team retains national championship for three consecutive years
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
The San Pedro Darts Team is the defending champion of the 19th annual National Darts Tournament which was held from the 11th to the 13th of October at the San Pedro Lions Den. The event, organized by the Belize National Darts Federation, saw Belize’s best darts players from Cayo, Belize City, Caye Caulker and San Pedro Town compete for three days. The vigorous competition was hosted by the San Pedro Darts Team who were intent on retaining the championship on their home turf.
The event was declared open by the Minister of Tourism and Culture Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr on Friday night at a packed San Pedro Lions Den. In his remarks, Heredia Jr. said that while darts is not widely played, it is popular on Ambergris Caye. He took the opportunity to encourage all the players to enjoy the tournament and wished them the best of luck. After his brief remarks, Heredia Jr threw the first dart to officially declare the tournament open.
According to Jose Mora, President of the Belize Darts Federation and the Caribbean Darts Organization, the tournament is one of the best of recent years. “The good sportsmanship amongst our darts players was our priority. They all played their hearts out for the national title. We like the new rookies coming up in the sports. The young players from Cayo and the females that are entering into the sports show that Belize is ready for darts. We also appreciate the maturity of our players, as well as the work done by the host team who ensured that everything was perfect for this year’s tournament,” said Mora.
The tournament ended with the Men’s double late in the night of Sunday October 13th, and following the event, the organizers announced the results and handed out trophies and prizes. The results are as follows:
Men’s Singles: 1st place – Omar Guerrero (San Pedro Town), 2nd place – Elias Castillo (Caye Caulker)
Ladies Singles: 1st place – Cecilia Joseph (Caye Caulker), 2nd place – Emerita Marin (Cayo)
Mixed Trio: 1st place – Melanie Paz, Ricardo Manzano and Omar Guerrero (San Pedro Town); 2nd place – Felicia Richards, Orlando “Tuki” Depaz and Geovanni Mai (Cayo)
Mixed Doubles: 1st – Cecilia Joseph and George Requena (Caye Caulker), 2nd place – Marie Osmon and Valentin Marin (Caye Caulker)
Men’s Doubles: 1st place – Omar Guerrero and Ricardo Manzano (San Pedro Town), 2nd place – Valentin Marin and Wilbur Perez (Caye Caulker)
Ladies Double: 1st place – Maria Allen and Steffany Garica(Poison Arrow – Belize City), 2nd place – Lorraine “Mailu” Leslie and Gaby (Jolly Rogers – Belize City)
Team event: 1st place – San Pedro Darts Team, 2nd place – Caye Caulker Darts Team.
It is the third consecutive time that the San Pedro Darts Team has won the national tournament to retain the championship. In April of this year, San Pedro Darts Team also captured the first place at the first ever Big Creek Darts Classic hosted by the Big Creek Group of Companies.
As part of the national tournament, the darts players also participated in a General Meeting where they discussed the way forward for darts in Belize. “The purpose of the meeting was specific and it was to recognize The Belize Darts Federation as the assigned body under the Laws of Belize,” said Mora. “We can now move forward as an official governing body and we are looking forward in putting together our national team to represent us in Tampa, Florida USA in the 2014 Caribbean Games.” Mora also said that the Belize Darts Federation, having seen the level of experience over the weekend, is sure that Belize is poised to do well in the regional tournament.
The San Pedro Darts team would like to thank all the sponsors: San Pedro Lions Club, Belize Tourism Board – Ministry of Tourism and Culture Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., The San Pedro Town Council, Remax/Southwind, Belize Pro Divers, Island Construction, SeaDuced by Belize, La Divina Providencia and Caribena Enterprises.
The San Pedro Sun joins the community in congratulating the San Pedro Darts Team on their third consecutive national championship.
San Pedro Darts Team – Omar Guerrero, Dimas Guerrero, Ricardo Manzano, Mario Graniel, Pedro Lara, Luis “Libra” Rivero, YoliRivero, Melanie Paz and Mirsa Morales
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