DARTS: Jacklin makes TV debut in ‘top dollar’ BDO event

Paula Jacklin at Blackpool Tower Ball
Paula Jacklin at Blackpool Tower Ball

Gainsborough darts star Paula Jacklin has just about returned to earth, after making her live television debut in Blackpool.

The 56-year-old was knocked out in the quarter-final of the BDO World Trophy, but told the Standard it was an incredible experience.

“It was absolutely fantastic, I’m still buzzing from it,” she said.

“Words can’t describe how good it was.”

Jacklin, the oldest woman in the competition, was handed a tough draw in the final eight, taking on one of the rising stars of the ladies game in Fallon Sherrock.

Before she had even begun her match, emotions were running high.

She said: “The support that came with me was undeniably the best of anyone in that competition.”

“As I approached the stage I looked up to see my daughter in floods of tears of pride.”

“The steps got nearer and I had to dig deep to stop my emotions taking over, that was as hard as the match.”

The duo put on an impressive display of darts for the Eurosport cameras, and despite her 4-2 defeat, Jacklin remained positive.

“It was the highest average of the night, I missed a double and she took it out and that was that, but I loved it.”

“I think people watching didn’t think I was as good as I performed.”

“I had a 25 average, good enough to beat most of the county men.”

“It was really, really good.”

Playing at Blackpool Tower Ball, under the television lights and in front of a big crowd only added to Jacklin’s memorable Friday night.

“It felt like a major, major tournament.”

“The stage set-up was the best I’ve ever played on, it was top dollar.”

Jacklin, who turns her attention to the Scottish Open in Glasgow this weekend, has been raising funds for cancer charities through sponsorship and donations, and hopes to pass the £500 mark.

Anyone wishing to donate can call 07903 865058 Tor visit her Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Paula-Jacklin