Darts legend honoured

2018-12-12 06:02
Roshan Siveram was recently awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the sport of darts at the Msunduzi Darts League awards.PHOTO: supplied

Roshan Siveram was recently awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the sport of darts at the Msunduzi Darts League awards.PHOTO: supplied

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A LIFE dedicated to darts has seen Roshan Siveram from Pietermaritzburg, travel the world, racking up the accolades one city and country at a time, with his love for the game enabling him to become one of the world’s best in the sport. “I used to practice every day. Whether I was at work or at home, I would use most of my free time to practice,” said Siveram. Starting back in 1985 at the factory in Plessislaer, where he still works to this day, Siveram was encouraged by his colleagues to join the industrial league after they saw him play.

He joined the Gandhi Darts Club in 1987, and then the Fawnleas Darts Club in 1989 where he went on to achieve much success with his team-mates.

“With Fawnleas we won the Northern Natal Championships and were then selected to represent Natal in Cape Town for the South African Championships, which we won, and I was selected as the player of the tournament,” he said. Siveram went on to win most of the major tournaments in the country, and in 1991 won the first South African Singles tournament in the new era of darts where all race groups were allowed to compete with one another. Over the years Siveram achieved the best player for darts in South Africa five times and also represented the country in their darts Springbok team.

“I attended every dart World Cup from 1995, which is held every two years, and because of the sport am very well-travelled, having been to Australia, France, Malaysia and Switzerland to name a few places,” said Siveram, who added that the competition overseas is very tough but they managed to place in the top 10 on most occasions. Tea darts ace has achieved legendary status amongst his peers in South Africa and abroad, and credits his success to his dedication and hard work when it comes to practicing. “It is very important that you practice if you want to succeed in this sport,” he said.

Siveram currently plays in the Msunduzi Darts League but has cut down on his game time a bit due to his poor vision; but based on the word of his competitors he is still currently a hard player to beat.

I attended every dart World Cup from 1995 ... and because of the sport am very well-travelled, having been to Australia, France, Malaysia and Switzerland.

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