GLEN DURRANT admits losing darts matches is put into perspective by his family’s role in the Armed Forces.
The Middlesbrough thrower has a strong connection to the military given his brother Bob is an Army captain and his nephew is also involved in the services.
And his beloved niece Zara is a logistics mover in the Royal Air Force, currently stationed 8,000 miles away in the Falkland Islands.
Mum-of-three Zara has been interacting with the local wildlife, namely the hundreds of fluffy penguins on the remote South Atlantic outpost.
The officer, who lives in Oxford, even attended an raucous army Ally Pally-style darts night last week, which was a throwback to the pre-Covid days.
Three-time Lakeside world champ Durrant, 50, said: “My niece Zara is out in the Falklands. We are all very proud of what she is doing.
“She is passing through but it’s months rather than days or weeks.
“Zara represents that old cliche, she is from a council estate in Grangetown, Middlesbrough, but has done really well for herself.
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“She has made a massive commitment. She has three children, who are with their father right now. Thank God for technology to talk to each other.
“It must have been a really tough decision when you sign up for your country. You have to make tough decisions.
“I understand she will be home soon. She sent me videos of the penguins she met. I thought that was hilarious.
“There were a few jokes flying around about them being my latest fans.
“I follow her career just as much as she follows mine. She’s one of my biggest supporters.
“100% it puts things into perspective on the dartboard. Like why do I beat myself if I have hit a big five?
“Why do I beat myself when I have family members who are being furloughed or family members out in the Falklands who aren’t seeing their kids?
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“I suppose that’s a winners’ mentality but sometimes you need reminding there are bigger fish out there.”
Durrant, the defending Premier League champion, will face Nathan Aspinall on Easter Monday – a repeat of the 2020 final – when the rescheduled tournament kicks off this year.
The first phase will consist of five straight nights held behind closed doors in Milton Keynes with more nights planned later this month.