Obituary - Valery (Val) Maytum (1939-2016)
Yesterday 24th July we lost one of the icons of ladies’ darts. Valerie Maytum died peacefully at the age of 76, exactly three years to the day her husband Ron passed away.
It is impossible to define exactly what she has meant for darts in the Netherlands. She started playing in England, shortly before she moved to the Netherlands with her husband Ron in 1980. In England she won the first two tournaments she chose to enter - she turned out be a natural talent. In the Netherlands darts was still in its infancy, so a campaign was started to promote the sport. This would enable her to play to develop further her skills and eventually become one of the world’s best. Together with her husband Ron and her children she formed a team to play in a regional competition. The Maytum family also was one of the founding members of a regional dart federation that still exists to this day.
Sometime during 2005 she finally put down her darts when playing became too difficult.
Not only regionally, but also at national and international levels she became a force to reckon with: she collected first prizes everywhere. Apart from all those championships she especially was proud of four of her achievements: winning the Dutch Open Singles title in 1987 and two WDF titles: the Singles in Copenhagen in 1987 and her pairs title in Las Vegas in 1993 with Francis Hoenselaar. The last one was very special, as the final was played against the English pair. However, the achievement of which she was most proud was that she became the first lady in the world ever to throw a documented 9-dart finish in an official game. This achievement, in 1993, is still exceptionally rare as since then only two ladies were able to repeat this feat.
Playing against Val, always accompanied by her husband Ron, always was fun and remained typically English: a good atmosphere, joking around, supportive, and acknowledging the opponents’ good darts, not forgetting the ever present pint of beer. In her later years she had to wear glasses to have a clear view of the board, but one always had to the feeling that when she said “Oh dear, I forgot me glasses” it was a clear sign that defeat was looming – for the opponent, of course.
One of her last interviews she gave was in 2007, for a regional dart magazine. In it, she looked back at her career in ladies’ darts with pride. She only muttered that she was born a couple of years too early. She would have liked to have earned her share of dart prizes available in today’s game – back in the 80’s and 90’s her exceptional performances would be rewarded with a trophy... a certificate... and a kiss...
We will all surely miss Valerie, a ‘Grand Lady of Darts’ is no more. On behalf of all dart-players, her friends and opponents we would like to offer the Maytum Family our sympathy to wish them all the strength to bear this loss.
BDO Shownights Winmau European Darts Weekend
Shownights have extended the deadline for entries to these tournaments until midnight on Tuesday 26th July. With over £20,000 total prize fund on offer plus Winmau places, this CAT A double header at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool is an attractive proposition for all dart players.
Get your entries in online or through the BDO Office - all details below.
BDO Delegates Meeting in November 2016 - Date Change
The date of the November meeting has had to be changed as the Hotel/Venue could not accommodate the original date and as the delegates voted that they want future meetings to be held at Walsall, it was our only option.
The new date for the BDO November Delegates meeting is Sunday 6th November 2016.
Venue: Village Hotel, Tempus Drive, Walsall WS2 8TJ.
Belgium Open 2016
Thursday 21st July 2016 - The Belgian Dart Organisation provided this message for players that may have experienced problems with online registration for the forthcoming Belgium Open. Please note that registrations for this event close on Monday July 25th.
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