A Dunedin darts player is the sole Otago representative to be selected in a national team.
Nick Kohey, of the Dunedin Metropolitan club, was named in the New Zealand youth darts team, which will compete in Australia in October.
The team was selected based on a ranking points system.
Players got a certain amount of points based on how well they competed during 12 competitions – two big events and 10 smaller ones – since last year.
Kohey competed in six events and finished third overall.
The 24-year-old said he was “stoked” to be named in the team for the first time.
“I could not stop smiling.”
He had not specifically set out to make the team, which made his selection even sweeter.
While in Australia, he will compete in individual and team events against players from the host country.
Kohey was introduced to the sport about six years ago when his high school chemistry teacher put a dart board up in the classroom.
These days, he practises almost everyday and competes about twice a week.
The sport was growing in Dunedin, and about 130 people competed in the Otago Darts Association’s Wednesday night games.
“It’s getting quite big.”
Players ranged in age from 10 to 70, he said.