Sandi in the Dart Industry
BCE entered Canada in late 1970’s and approached Family Recreation Centre about selling their pool tables and darts. Prior to that time we knew nothing about the game of darts.
We started like most people and did not know anything about darts, that shafts break and flights need to be changed. We quickly learned the game from our customers and playing.
When we opened our store in St. Catharines we quickly became the place to buy your darts. Don Crookshanks from Falcon darts took a great interest in our store and taught us that players must all try the darts before they buy. We installed a dartboard for all players to try out the darts and learned how to assist players in weights, shapes and lengths for each player
We started a fun for players on Valentines Day. It quickly became a social event of the year with over 60 teams participating. We handed over the tournmant to the legions to continue.
In the late 80’s many youth were coming into the store with no place to play. We started the St. Catharines Youth Dart league with 4 players. The league had a Canadian Champions in Jeff Kompon, and many Ontario Championships David Munro, Jeff Butt, Keith Maccuish to name a few. We took the youth to many tournaments in Ontario and held our own during the grape and wine. Boy did we score alot of dart games in thoses years as we allowed children as low as 9 into the league with little math skills. They sure did learn how to add, subtract and multiply after they finished playing. Many still come into the store today with their children
During that time we had many helpers and handed over the league to them organizing the Ontario Championship in Niagara Falls that year. We still sponsor the youth leagues.