Tributes have been paid to a trailblazer of women’s darts, who has passed away at the age of 76.

The death of Sandra Greatbatch was announced earlier this week by her son, Shaun Greatbatch, a former darts player himself. He wrote on Twitter, with a picture of his mother: “It’s heartbreaking for me to announce that last night at 9.30pm my Mum left the oche for the last time. She taught me so much about darts and I will miss her so much. Your pain is done now Mum RIP. Love you xx.”

Sandra won British, European and world titles during an illustrious career and her death triggered a string of tributes on social media from former and current players. Sky Sports commentator Wayne Mardle called her a legend, tweeting: “Another absolute darting legend has left us. Sandra Greatbatch was one of the very best for over four decades. The darting world will miss her greatly. A wonderful lady. My thoughts are with all her family.”

Another player-turned-commentator, Paul Nicholson, said: “This is so sad Shaun. I’m so very sorry. Sandra was a great woman. My deepest sympathies”.

PDC major winner Kevin Painter added: “Very sorry for your loss Shaun, Sandra was a lovely lady and great player, condolences to you and the family mate."

Jamie Caven tweeted: “So sorry to see this Shaun. Always has a friendly face and learned so much from Sandra during the turn of the millennium when I was at Cambs. Very sad day for darts x Condolences to you all xx.”

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Meanwhile, the World Darts Federation (WDF) tweeted: “We are saddened to hear that Sandra Greatbatch has passed away. WDF World Cup Pairs winner and a WDF Europe Cup winner for Wales. 3x British Open champion, 2x Welsh Open champion and 2x World Masters finalist. Our sincere condolences go out to Shaun and his family.”

Darts has lost some popular figures in recent weeks. Former World Championship finalist Mike Gregory and Sky Sports commentator Nigel Pearson both passed away last month.

The funeral of the latter took place today (Thursday) and saw a huge turnout from family, friends and colleagues from the various sports he covered, which included darts, football and speedway.

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