Darts World often demonstrated our games knack for being ahead of the curve in many popular movements. Back in 1984, Terry Swain was demonstrating just how successful players with disabilities could be!
The word inclusivity is being deployed almost constantly in today’s sporting culture. The success of individuals with disabilities in many different sports and at all levels, it is incumbent on all involved to ensure that it is given more than just lip service.
The remarkable Terry Swain designed his own standing braces in order to be able to play ‘mainstream’ darts events as far back as 1984. It appears he was pretty good at it as well. he laudable aims of demonstrating what could be achieved, and then exhibiting the game to others in similar circumstances, seem truly outstanding.
Terry credited darts with ‘getting him on his feet’ and wished to share it with others. Some of the other questions in the piece seem out of place today, we all now that wheelchair players can indeed ‘toe the oche’ and indeed players with many different disabilities can enjoy and compete alongside all other players.
Darts World wonders if any of our North American readers or even Terry himself could update us on how he progressed with his aims, both inside and outside the competitive game. (firstname.lastname@example.org or @Darts_World).