MBE for number one darts player

PUBLISHED: 16:01 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:01 19 June 2013

Catrina Gulliver who has been awarded an MBE for services to darts and charity.

Catrina Gulliver who has been awarded an MBE for services to darts and charity.

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THE world's greatest female darts player has received an MBE for her services to the sport and charitable fundraising.

Trina Gulliver, who lives in Cheddar, has won the Women’s World Professional Darts Championships nine times, as well as five World Masters Championships and eight British Open Championships.

Trina, aged 43, turned professional in 1996 and is currently ranked number one in the world.

She said: “My first reaction when I opened the letter was ‘wow’. When I opened it I was completely taken aback. I had to read it three times.

“What an honour to be recognised by the Queen and country in this way.

“I didn’t see it coming. People had put my name forward and I had no idea they were doing that.”

Trina received the honour for her charity work as well as her sport, having taken part in fundraisers for Help For Heroes, marine charity Go Commando and Macmillan Nurses.

She also enjoyed a term as president for The Heart Of Darts charity, which raises money for a number of good causes.

She said: “It’s nice being able to give back. You cannot take all the time.

“I think when you are in a position to help people you should.”

Trina will receive her MBE in at least seven months time, but she said it was hard to keep it a secret until the recipients were officially announced.

She said: “I have known for a few weeks now but it was hard to keep it quiet. I am looking forward to receiving it. I’ll have to buy a new frock.”

Trina will compete in the England Open this weekend.

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