Completing the line-up will be Yorkshire County caller Kerrie Crompton, who will become the first female referee to grace the BDO stage as part of the official line-up.
In a break from the traditional all-male refereeing team, Kerrie’s appointment will reflect the current diversity of the BDO, which supports both the Men’s and the Ladies game at youth and senior level.
Kerrie has been involved with darts for the last nine years, from playing through to her involvement with the organising of local competitions and exhibitions in the local area.
This season, Kerrie took to the stage as the referee for BICC Premier County Champion’s Yorkshire and hasn’t looked back since. She has subsequently called at all the Yorkshire County home matches, the Yorkshire Classic and various league finals in and around the county.
Speaking on behalf of the BDO Chairman/CEO Des Jacklin expressed his delight at Kerrie’s appointment and at the completion or the new line-up of referees;
“The BDO found itself in a difficult situation a few weeks ago, however the response in terms of interested applicants for both MC and refereeing roles has been overwhelming.
We weren’t looking specifically for a female caller, but Kerrie’s credentials and her stage-presence made her a stand-out option and we are proud to be in a position to champion the first female darts referee to appear on TV for the BDO.
We cannot wait to work alongside the new MC and refereeing team, starting with the World Trophy in August!’
Kerrie also added:
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to represent the BDO, and the chance to be the first female darts official to appear on tv. I am both nervous but very excited by this appointment and hope to make everyone proud. I look forward to working alongside the talent and other officials within the BDO and to meeting lots of new faces, as we help them to move forwards”.
You can see the new refereeing line-up, who will be calling for the top talent in the BDO at the upcoming World Trophy, which will take place at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn from 30th August to 1st Sept!