Darts Alberta Highlights Newsletter

A new initiative has been created to better communicate with our members - Darts Alberta Highlights. This newsletter will be published periodically to highlight what's happening in darts and circulated at major events in Alberta. These newsletters can also be found on the website by clicking on "News" and "On-line Newsletters".

For those of you that may have picked up a copy at the 2014 Klondike Open, please check out the on-line version for updates to the Upcoming Events section.

Members are encouraged to provide suggestions or submit articles by contacting news@dartsalberta.com.

Byes Directly to Provincials

Each year, several Darts Alberta members receive byes directly to Provincials without having to compete in the zones, or they can choose to compete in the Zone Qualifier Playoffs at no charge. Those eligible are the Top 4 men and the Top 4 women on the Official April 30th Darts Alberta Ranking List and the reigning singles champion from each of our Darts Alberta Member Leagues should that event have more than 8 participants. When the singles championships have less than 8, the champion would still receive a free entry into the Zone Qualifier Playoffs.

With Zone Qualifier Playoffs fast approaching, a preliminary list has been published with the information available to Darts Alberta. This list will be updated as more information becomes available. If you are a reigning champion and your name does not appear on the list, please contact your League President to confirm this with Darts Alberta.

Looking for 2014 Klondike Open Participant Feedback

Did you attend the 2014 Klondike Open? If you did, we want your feedback.

This survey is the fourth in a series of surveys that will continue throughout the ranking season in order to help improve ranked tournaments throughout Alberta and make them more consistent.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and it should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete. Not only is it appreciated when participants provide suggestions for improvement, we'd also appreciate any feedback on what was done well. Please click on the following link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CDNBCCL)

The Pioneer of Darts

It is with a heavy heart that Darts Alberta announces the passing of Len Worrell on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  Len Worrell was a pioneer in Western Canadian Darts.

Len joined the Edmonton City Dart League in 1952. In 1957, he played a major role in the creation of the “Klondike Open Dart Tournament”. Ironically this same weekend, competitors from throughout Canada are competing in the 57th annual Klondike Open.

Len is a recipient of many awards and titles of recognition, but the most prestigious was his induction into the Alberta Sport Hall of Fame for being one of 100 Albertans to receive the Alberta Centennial Award for Sports and Recreation in 2005.  His name appears on a plaque with many infamous sport figures such as Kurt Browning, Ron MacLean, and Peter Lougheed. 
  Len Worrell with Sandi Orr at the 2006 Induction Ceremony in Red Deer


Just to name a few, Len’s recognition for his contribution to the sport of darts include:

  • National Darts Federation of Canada Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Life Member of the Edmonton City Dart League Association
  • Life Member of  Darts Alberta
  • Life Member of the Southern Nevada Dart Association
  • Life Member of the National Darts Federation of Canada
  • Recipient of the City of Edmonton Citation
  • Recipient of the Province of Alberta Achievement Award
  • Chairman of the First Royal Canadian Legion Dominion National Championship in 1976, of which he received a Medal of Merit

Len served 5 terms on the NDFC Board of Directors as the Provincial Director in 1977, 1978, 1992, 1996 and 1997.

In addition to the sport of darts, Len gave a great deal back to his community serving on many other Boards including:

  • Edmonton Cardiac Institute
  • Edmonton Klondike Days Association
  • Sourdough Raft Race Association
  • Army Navy & Air Force – Sir Winston Churchill Branch – Board of Trustees

Len will be sadly missed by dart communities around the globe and we send our condolences to his wife Leta and their family. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Click here for further details.

New Darts Alberta Ranked Tournament is a Good Possibility

In recent discussions with Ellison Smith our Zone 2 Director and the President of the Cochrane Dart League, research is being conducted in the Cochrane area for a venue to host a new Darts Alberta Ranked Tournament.

Ellison is hoping to have more information by the Klondike Open. Although a definite date is not set, we'll keep players updated as plans progress.

2014 Pro Am Results

The 2014 Pro Am Tournament was again a huge success! The event was held in Ponoka on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Grassroots participants are nominated from their member leagues and get paired together in this event with an Elite player. Although Darts Alberta typically allows only a maximum of 16 grassroots entries, a total of 20 grassroots players were permitted to register because of the overwhelming response.  A special thanks goes out to all elite players (past and present) for contributing to the success of this program.

Congratulations to the 2014 Pro Am Champions, Gary and Dan! Click here for the full results.

Dan Stotz (nominated by the Medicine Hat Dart League) and Gary Spurway
with Darts Alberta's First Vice President - Brenda Dietrich


Ranked Tournament Surveys Receive Overwhelming Response

Darts Alberta would like to thank all of the participants for taking the time to provide feedback on the 2014 Calgary Open. Many took a great deal of time to provide additional feedback that will assist both Darts Alberta and the organizers to continously improve the ranked tournament system in Alberta. This particularly survey has now been closed.

This was the third tournament survey conducted since April and these surveys will continue throughout the upcoming season. We hope that tournament participants will continue to provide Darts Alberta with this valuable feedback.

Looking for Ranked Tournament Feedback - Rodeo City Open

Did you attend the 2014 Calgary Open? If you did, we want your feedback.

This survey is the third in a series of surveys that will continue throughout the ranking season in order to help improve ranked tournaments throughout Alberta and make them more consistent.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and it should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete. Please click on the following link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TMBF9Z9).


Pro Am Deadline Fast Approaching


The deadline for the 2014 Pro Am is August 1, 2014. There are spots remaining for both the Grassroots Award Winners and the Elite Athletes. Grassroots Award Winners should send their registration and fee as per the instructions found in the package presented to you at your league banquet. Elite Players...please print the poster/registration form and mail your registration and fee. To determine your eligibility as an elite athlete, please review the Elite List.

If you are not an award winner and not on the Elite List, but are interested in competing in the Pro Am, please contact Laura Nett (2ndvicepresident@dartsalberta.com) to get placed on the waiting list should there be spots still available after the August 1 deadline.


DA Welcomes new members to the Board

Darts Alberta is pleased to welcome our newest members to the Board of Directors:

  • Laura Nett is your new Second Vice President
  • Tim Prokop is your new Youth Director

Brenda Dietrich has now moved into the position of First Vice President. Laura, Tim and Brenda have been working with their predecessors over the last 3 months in preparation of their new responsibilities. Welcome aboard!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and all members of Darts Alberta, thanks goes out to Tammy Murschell who has spent the last two years as our Youth Director and a special thanks to Anne Marie Coroluick who has served on the Board of Directors since 2003, originally as Treasurer and most recently as First Vice President.

Click All Board Members to see the full list of your Board of Directors.

Being a Successful Dart Player Despite Physical Adversities

Alberta's own Wayne Chapman of Calgary was interviewed by CTV news as well as recently by Ripley's Believe It or Not. For those of you that may not have had the chance to compete against Wayne--he has no fingers. Wayne's quite fond of his nickname "Knubbs" and not only loves the dart competition, he does quite well for himself. Wayne is currently ranked 25th on the Darts Alberta ranking list.

Congratulations Wayne and keep up the great darts!

Click here for the full CTV news story.

Alberta's Shaun Narain - Runner Up in World Soft Tip Stage 2

Despite all of his travels over the past several weeks (Manchester to Hamburg to Halifax and back to France), Shaun Narain continues to make a name for himself on the world stage. Only this time, during the World Soft Tip championships. Shaun was runner up against Haruki Muramatsu from Japan after defeating Paul Lim and Ray Carver of the US. See article for more details.

Congratulations Shaun!

2014 Team Alberta Results from Elks Nationals

As the team converged on Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to participation in the Elks and Royal Purple National Championship from May 28 to 31, 2014, expectations were high. The team, consisting of members from all over Alberta, were hopeful to carry home some silverware while representing Alberta over the upcoming events.

Day 1 saw Team Alberta take the Gold Medal (1st place) in the mixed quads consisting of Sam Dufty, Sandra Milne, Jeff Essex and Doreen MacIntosh, defeating Team BC in a great exciting match. Later that day, Sam Dufty and Sandra Milne earned a Bronze Medal (Joint 3rd) in the Mixed Doubles event.

On Day 2, Team Alberta saw some tough competition from all in both the Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles earning Joint 5th positions in both events. The difference being some “double troubles” early on in the matches.

Day 3 saw Sandra Milne and Doreen MacIntosh capture the Silver Medal (2nd) in an exciting final against BC in the Women’s Doubles. In the men’s singles, Team Alberta came away with some Joint 5th placements.

One the final day, Alvin Wilhelm, Roy Andreason, William Kozie, and Jim Fredrickson competed in the Men’s Quads and came away with a Bronze Medal for their joint 3rd position.

As always, the competition was of high quality as was the effort from all of Team Alberta. In addition to thanks going out to the host Elk Lodge of Prince Albert #58 for the great hospitality, great food and friendships that are sure to last, the Elks and Royal Purple Team Alberta members would also like to thank Darts Alberta for their continued support of its members participating this year.

Article submitted by: Chris Hatton

Volunteer Chalkers Needed for Canada 55 Plus Games

This article was originally posted on the Darts Alberta website in February and it has recently come to our attention that additional chalkers would be greatly appreciated.


Alberta is the proud host of the 2014 Canada 55 plus Games being hosted in Sherwood Park from August 27 to 30. Darts Alberta has prided itself in offering our assistance to Alberta Sport, the Alberta 55 plus Association and local 55 plus organizers whenever possible.

The organizer of this national darts event (Dick Elliott) has reached out to Darts Alberta to solicit volunteer chalkers for the dart events being held at the Broadmoor Golf Course on August 28th, 29th and 30th. As a member of the Sherwood Park Pub Dart League, Dick understands the need for quality chalkers for major events such as this and naturally came to Darts Alberta and its members.

Whether you are available for only a few hours, a day or for the entire 3 days, the Canada 55 plus Games could use your help.

To offer yourself up as a volunteer or to get more information, contact Dick Elliott at dick.elliott@strathcona.ca or phone 780-410-6571.

Alberta athletes put the TEAM in Team Alberta!

It was an awesome week for Team Alberta at the 2014 Adult National Championships recently held in Halifax, Nova Scotia last week. Team Alberta brings home the GOLD Medal in the Canada Cup (total aggregate points earned from each match win in all Singles and Doubles events).

There is a big difference between a Team of Champions and a Championship Team. A Championship Team works together as a unit and depends on the help and support of all members to not only achieve their individual goals but always keeping an eye on the Team Goals.

The 2014 Team Alberta was truly a Championship Team. On behalf of the Coaching Team (Sandi, Brenda, Julie), all of the Darts Alberta Board of Directors and all dart players in Alberta, THANK YOU for making us all proud!

The following are the results from each of the events:


  • Angelina Palumbi & Jennifer Ravenshorst – Bronze Medal (Joint 3rd)
  • Linda Ledingham & Crystal Brazil – Joint 9th


  • Shane Harvey & Ken MacNeil – Silver Medal (2nd)
  • Shaun Narain & Dion LaViolette – Bronze Medal (Joint 3rd)
  • Jim Edwards & Keith Giles – Joint 9th 


  • Crystal Brazil – Joint 9th
  • Ivy Wieshlow – Joint 17th
  • Nicki Rolls – Joint 17th
  • Angelina Palumbi – Joint 17th


  • Ken MacNeil – Silver Medal (2nd)
  • Shane Harvey – 7th
  • Shaun Narain – Joint 9th
  • Dion LaViolette – Joint 17th
  • Jim Edwards – Joint 17th
  • Mike Dwyer – Joint 17th


  • Shaun Narain & Ivy Wieshlow – GOLD Medal (1st)
  • Dion LaViolette & Nicki Rolls – Joint 5th
  • Ken MacNeil & Crystal Brazil – Joint 9th
  • Shane Harvey & Linda Ledingham – Joint 17th
  • Keith Giles & Jennifer Ravenshorst – Joint 17th
  • Jacques Lessard & Ann Marie Farmer – Joint 17th
  • Mike Dwyer & Barb Lowe-Young – Joint 17th


  • Men’s Team Alberta – Silver Medal (2nd)

Click on Full Results for more details.

What's happening with Team Alberta

Wondering what's happening Team Alberta in Halifax this week? Check out the new DARTS ALBERTA group. If you aren't a member, ask to be added.

Darts Alberta Launches New Facebook Group

Darts Alberta is pleased to announce the launching of the new DARTS ALBERTA Facebook group.

This group is exclusive to Albertans and will include:

  • Keeping everyone up to date on what's happening at the nationals
  • Reminders about upcoming tournaments and events
  • The opportunity for players to ask questions and share their dart experiences

Group members are being added by the Admin (Sandi & Darryll). If you haven't been added and would like to be, search DARTS ALBERTA on Facebook and submit your request.

If you have been added to the group and you don't want to be included, click on "Leave Group" directly above the Darts Alberta logo on the group page.

2014 Pro Am Registration Now Open for Elite Athletes


Elite Registrations for the 2014 Pro Am are now available. See Poster for more details. Only registrations for those on the Elite List will be accepted at this time.

Please print and mail in your registration as per the instructions on the registration poster.

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