Anna Jarmics may have no hands but that hasn't kept her from being a national darts champion.
The 77-year-old Calgary resident is competing at the Alberta 55 Plus Games this week where, if successful, she'll again move on to the nationals and defend her six-tournament unbeaten streak, the Calgary Herald reports.
Jarmics told the Herald she's looking forward to the challenge.
“If it is meant to be, it will be. I will go and do my best and have fun,” she said.
In a YouTube interview, Jarmics explains she lost her hands when she was 10 years old, while trying to save her younger siblings from a grenade.
She recalls how in 1945, as the Soviet army invaded her native Hungary, one of the soldiers lobbed a grenade that landed amongst her siblings while they played in a yard.
"We were playing in the sand and they threw a hand grenade in between us.. I was the oldest one, so I grabbed it and tried to run but I tripped on the side of the walk," she says candidly.
"I went right down and it exploded in my hands."
But a life of struggle was only beginning for the national champ, who eventually moved to Toronto.
Shortly after arriving in Canada, Jarmics found herself as a single mother of four after her husband, fighting demons of his own, raided their bank account and left his family, the biography on her website states.
It was the 1960s and she struggled to find someone who would hire her, CTV Calgary reported earlier.
She eventually found employment cleaning in a hospital and eventually moved to Calgary, where she is now also a water colour artist, her work often being used on greeting cards, according to CTV.
Jarmics says she's never made excuses, never mourned the loss of her hands and doesn't seek pity for a tough life lived.
"I never worried about, 'I haven't got hands'.. A lot of people turn around and say, 'I can't do this, I can't do that.' and I always turn around and say, 'there's no such a thing.'"
Jarmics returned from her previous trip to the national championships with three gold medals.
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