Turner launches new project World Women's Darts: "It's one of the last real growth areas of the game" | Dartsnews.com

Turner launches new project World Women's Darts: "It's one of the last real growth areas of the game"

Laura Turner has launched a new project in order to further raise the profile of Women's Darts discussing this on the latest Inside the WDF podcast.

Turner recently launched the World Women's Darts project which comprises a website and a Twitter page and sees multiple voices from all over the darting landscape come together to promote the game.

"It's something I've been toying with for a while, obviously of late especially, women's darts just seems to be on the up at the moment. Quite a lot of commentators and people within the sport have identified that it's one of the last real growth areas of the game," said Turner to the Inside the WDF podcast.

"I thought it was the opportunity to keep that profile going and hopefully raise interest. It's just another way of spreading the word of women's darts really."

But one aspect of the game which is uncertain is the future of women's darts after the pandemic and despite discussions with the relevant parties, Turner admits it is in limbo at the moment.

"I've been lucky enough to speak to Richard Ashdown at the WDF and I understand their plans and I've got involvement with MAD Darts. I know that the time has allowed them to get their houses in order so to speak.

"They've got good plans, obviously if the world was to open up tomorrow, the game is not there. There isn't anything realistically in place right now so it's kind of a worrying time. The PDC did the Women's Series which was fantastic, it's worrying because we don't really know what the future is going to look like."

World Record from Ashton

During International Women's History Month, a true trailblazer in the game in Lisa Ashton became the first woman to win at the UK Open since 2005 and broke her own highest average against Aaron Beeney.

Turner called it 'inspiring' and that she hopes that other players can follow in the lead of Ashton.

"It was just getting that win off her back. It's the one question everyone asks every time she goes up on that stage and she's done it now so the question doesn't need to be asked anymore. We know she can do it, we know she can play well.

"It's such a jump in standard, the top 128 in the world coming from what she's done. It's another inspiring moment that she's mixing it with the best in the world. Hopefully we will see more and more women raise the game up so that we are competing alongside."

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