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Bullseye! - Dart player delivers on tattoo promise

Published:Saturday | January 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp/Gleaner Writer
National darts player Damion Cheese will travel to Trinidad and Tobago later this year to represent the country at the Caribbean Championships.

After being selected as a squad member on the Jamaica Darts Association (JDA) national team for the Caribbean Championship in 2016, Damion Cheese promised himself that he would celebrate the selection with a tattoo if he was called for this year's championship in Trinidad in July.

"It is pretty new. I got it this month because I made the team for the Caribbean Championship in July. I had promised myself that if I made it, then I would get the tattoo," Cheese explained about the tattoo that was placed on his left wrist.

"I am left handed, so the idea was to put it there as it would show whenever I am playing darts," the number two-ranked JDA player added.

"It is freshly done as I got it about two weeks ago. What happened is that I started in the sport in 2015 as my wife Carol was already involved. I, basically, started playing a year before I was selected to the squad. I was good enough to make the squad, but I travelled as a reserve player and did not get any chance to play," Cheeses further said.

"I was recommended for the team and travelled to Barbados but did not play. The rule is that I could have only played if a member of the team dropped out," he said.

"Now, I am selected to play as I am ranked at number two in the top eight players selected to play at the championship in Trinidad later this year," Cheese said.

"Even though I was pretty new to the sport at the time, by making the team, it gave me hope to represent the country. I was ranked about 12, so I did not make the team as it is only the top eight players could participate," he said.

'"I was disappointed, so I told myself that the next time I would make the team and get the tattoo. A lot of time since I got it, I said to myself, 'I really made it'," Cheese said before sharing his thoughts on the team's chances.

"We have a good team with the number one-ranked Mark Birthwright and number three-ranked Tenge Brown included.

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