Winmau, the world’s leading darts brand, are delighted to announce their sponsorship agreement with disabled darts star Lora Josey.
Lora is one of the most unique dart players you will meet. She began her dart career in a local pub in Hickory, NC called “McGuire’s Pub” in 1998. She noticed the dartboards and asked if she could play. That’s all it took! She played in the local dart league until 2008 when she started taking darts seriously and started playing at tournaments all over the nation. In 2012, she won her first American Dart Organization tournament and has also won Major Dart League tournaments. Due to her success in American Darts, she was asked to join “The Kryptonite Girls”, a group of American female dart players assembled by Chuck Hudson, husband of fellow Winmau player Sandy “Storm” Hudson, who promotes women’s darts nationally and internationally. Lora stepped away from darts in the fall of 2013 through 2014 to re-establish her career and relocated to Richmond, Virginia where she now lives. She consistently places Top 16 and Top 8 in most events since her return to tournament action and practices each day to return to her status of one of the top ranked female players in the United States.
Lora was diagnosed at age 27, in 1991, with Synovial Cell Sarcoma and was given little hope of surviving. Her best chance of survival was to have her left leg amputated, which she did. She understands the physical impact of being an amputee has on her participation in this sport. Balance and stamina are just two areas which impact her the most. “My amputated and sound leg can get very fatigued after standing and walking on them for as much as 16 hours a day. Also, being an amputee for 23 years has taken its toll on my sound (right) leg with plantar fasciitis, wear and tear on my right knee and hip. I literally throw standing on one leg every match.”
Her determination to live and to find some way to be a positive role model takes priority now and she uses darts not only to promote the sport for all players, but to be a role model for players, disabled adult and youth. If you ask her, her destiny is to promote darts in the disabled community and increase the number of disabled players participating in USA tournament play. Because of her determination she was asked to be the USA Ambassador for the World Disability Dart Association (WDDA) a high honor Lora has accepted and strives to uphold. Lora is also a big supporter of disabled and wounded veterans and has chosen her charity as a Kryptonite Girl the “Wounded Warrior Project”.
Winmau has opened the door for disabled players to participate and the WDDA has created dartboard stands to assist Winmau in increasing the number of disabled players. Lora said, “Winmau share the same passion as I do with regard to disabled darts, and I am thrilled to be working with them to further this side of the sport. I can’t wait until the day where there will be a disabled player on the main stage at the BDO and PDC World Darts Championships.”
Ian Flack, Sales and Marketing Director of Winmau, added “Lora is not only a great dart player, but she’s a great human being. She is the perfect role model to prove that you can overcome adversity and go on to fulfil your ambitions. She will be a great ambassador for us and for the sport of darts, and we are proud to be working with her.”
The Kryptonite Girls website address is: http://www.kryptonitegirls.com/
For more details with regard to the WDDA, please visit: http://www.world-disability-darts.org/