25 January 2013

BDO AND WINMAU CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY

For Winmau and the British Darts Organisation life certainly begins at 40!

2013 is the 40th anniversary year of the BDO, and Winmau have been proud supporters of the BDO since its inception in 1973.

2013 also marks the 40th anniversary year of the Winmau World Masters in October, and Winmau and the BDO wanted to celebrate these amazing milestones with a bang!

Winmau have produced a unique version of their Blade 4 dartboard to celebrate the BDO’s 40 years at the forefront of the sport. This was presented to Sue Williams, Chairperson of the BDO, by Ian Flack, Sales and Marketing Director of Winmau, on the hallowed Lakeside stage.

Winmau and the BDO also announced a new initiative during Lakeside 2013 – the launch of the Winmau 9 Dart Club, with membership restricted to BDO players who hit the magic 9 Dart 501 in BDO and WDF majors and opens.

To mark this new initiative, Winmau have produced a commemorative set of darts for two players who have achieved the impressive feat in tournaments sponsored by the darts giant. The first was presented to John Walton, who recorded the first and only 9 dart 501 in the Winmau World Masters in 2007, and his darts were presented to him at the player’s luncheon at Lakeside 2013.

More recently Christian Pratt hit a 9 darter in the 2012 BDO Winmau British Classic and, like John, will receive a unique set of Winmau laser-etched tungsten darts in a laser-etched aluminium presentation case as a permanent keepsake.

"Winmau wanted to produce something special to add to the celebrations for the BDO's 40th anniversary year" says Ian Flack, "and what could be better than a personalised Blade board and the launch of a new exclusive 9 Dart Club with a commemorative set of darts in a presentation case (both uniquely laser-etched with the exclusive 9 Dart Club logo and player’s name). Our relationship with the BDO has spanned four decades and we can’t thank them enough for all they have done, and continue to do, for our sport.”

Sue Williams, Chairperson of the BDO, commented: "We are proud of our long and valued relationship with Winmau, and it is fitting that the BDO's 40th Anniversary Year also marks the same anniversary for the Winmau World Masters, the oldest established major on the BDO calendar. The BDO and Winmau represents the greatest 'double' in the history of world darts and we are delighted to be celebrating together throughout 2013."

Qualifying Tournaments for the Winmau 9 Dart Club (January 2013 onwards):

Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships
Winmau World Masters
BDO Winmau British Classic
Scottish Open
Welsh Open
Welsh Classic
Gold Cup
International Open
British Open
Dutch Open
Zuiderduin Masters
Six Nations Cup
British Internationals


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