Bullseye Betty on target

Betty Hislop  is still actively involved in the game of darts. Picture: Jon Hewson |www.communitypix.com.au   d447815Betty Hislop with St John Ambulance volunteer John Ree.
Betty Hislop is still actively involved in the game of darts. Picture: Jon Hewson |www.communitypix.com.au d447815Betty Hislop with St John Ambulance volunteer John Ree.

A FEMALE darts enthusiast from Greenfields has been dubbed Bullseye Betty after being among WA’s longest serving volunteers to be honoured last week.

Now president of Darts Western Australia, Betty Hislop has volunteered for the organisation for more than half a century and is still actively involved in the game.

The 77-year-old was one of 140 volunteers presented with the State Government’s Volunteer Service Awards badge in Perth.

Volunteers qualify for the award when they have served one organisation for 25 or 50 years continuously.

Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said Ms Hislop was an outstanding example of a West Australian who had dedicated many years to their passion and she exemplified the WA tradition of volunteering.

“Not only does she excel at the sport she loves, but she is now passing that passion on to the next generation,” he said.

“She has done a tremendous amount, not only for the sport of darts but in encouraging people, particularly young people, to get involved in the community.”

Ms Hislop began playing darts at home with her parents and nine siblings and first took part in competitions at 21.

She has captained the WA women’s darts team in 40 consecutive Australian championships.

Mr Simpson said the volunteers were an inspiration and set a great example to younger generations about the value of contributing to the community.

“So many successful organisations and community groups are in the great position they are due to the hard work and commitment of volunteers. Our society would be much poorer if not for the great work performed by volunteers,” he said.

“To contribute 25 or 50 years’ continuous service to an organisation is a significant contribution to public life by those volunteers and is no doubt why their organisation has enjoyed success for so long.”

Other recipients of the WA Volunteer Service Award badge for 50 years of service included St John Ambulance volunteer John Ree, of Falcon.