Linda BenderPosted by geodie
Name Linda Bender
Marital status VERY married
City Virginia Beach, VA (originally from Buffalo, NY)
Occupation Secretary/Treasurer, TADA, Tournament Secretary/Treasurer, TADA, Secretary/Nanny
Tell us about the beginning of your interest in darts. I became interested in darts while managing an establishment that was holding league/LOD’s. After that, it was totally my husband, Chris Bender.
In which league(s) do you play? None at the moment, bunions prevent me from playing a lot, used to play in both TADA and MNDA (Monday Night Darting Association)
How far from home do you play? Up to 500 miles. (tournaments)
How many days per week do you engage in darts? 2-3 (practice at home)
What other activity/sport do you participate in or watch? Avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and way into the NHL, especially the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes (Chris’ uncle owns the team) so it’s a family thing.
What is the most annoying antic you see from other dart players? Temper tantrums when they lose, not shaking hands after a match and not listening for the match to be called requiring a 2nd or 3rd call which they then get upset about it.
Is league night too long, too short, just right? I believe ours is just right, especially for 1st division.
On which team(s) do you play? The team of TADA
Which other family members play? Husband, Chris, and stepson Rocky is now starting to play.
Tell us about conflicts darts create in home or work life? How many nights does he need to play? (OMG), time off for tournaments and why the h**l is he so much better than me. Trying to hold down his ambitions until we have the $ to succeed at what he wants to do is probably the biggest problem.
What keeps you playing darts? The family atmosphere of it. You meet players from different areas and then become friends, see each other out of town and it’s like you haven’t spent much time apart. You keep in touch by e-mail and great new friendships develop.
What goals in darts do you have? To be a good sportsmen
What has been your best moment in darts? Hosting the 1st qualifier for the World Series of Darts, attending the World Series of Darts in CT, becoming friends with Russ Bray (the voice Ton 80), being inducted into the National Darts Hall of Fame, watching my husband be inducted for the awesome tournaments that he runs and watching my husband begin to excel in the sport that he loves so much.
What’s your advice to a newbie dart player? Relax, have fun, learn your outs, practice and play some of the tournaments, they are always great experience.