It was Paddy Waugh’s last shot at a medal in his final year in the youth section (U18) of the national darts championship, and he made the most of it, coming home with two titles and one third equal placing.
A few days before next year’s nationals, Paddy will turn 18, which will see him go up a grade to compete in the U24 age bracket.
This year’s NZ Darts Council championships were held July 15-17 in Whakatane.
In the singles, Paddy came third equal after a tough match against Gisborne player Errol Tamihana who went on to take the singles youth title.
Paddy then won the boys pairs, with Toots Te Whero, and the mixed pairs, with Evanjahlene Watters.
Modestly, the Waitoki teen describes the result as “pretty good for a final year in Youth division”.
Paddy has been playing darts since 2015, when he discovered a passion for its mathematical precision and accuracy. As he now enters the senior darts circuit, he is seeking sponsorship. Playing at this level means travelling around the country to compete.