Johnny K to zero in on the bulls­eye

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - PHIL DIL­LON

AMER­I­CAN John Kuczyn­ski is used to spread­ing the gospel of darts in his own coun­try – now he is look­ing for­ward to do­ing the same Down Un­der when he joins the In­ter­na­tional Pro Darts Show­down Se­ries in Queens­land in Jan­uary.

Johnny K, as the Penn­syl­va­nia na­tive is known in dart­ing cir­cles, will join the likes of 16-time world cham­pion Phil Tay­lor, Bri­tain’s for­mer world cham­pi­onship run­ner-up Andy Hamil­ton, South African No.1 Devon Peter­son and Aus­tralia’s Kyle An­der­son in the Sun­shine State.

The Amer­i­can No.1 has taken some time off the pro­fes­sional darts tour to work as the di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions for an elec­tric darts com­pany, Phoenix Darts, which is in pubs across Aus­tralia now.

He hopes to use the Show­down Se­ries as a step­ping stone to an even­tual re­turn to the world cham­pi­onships.

Kuczyn­ski, 43, said tour­na­ments such as the in­au­gu­ral Se­ries could show young­sters across the globe that darts could com­pete along­side the more main­stream sports.

The Se­ries will be­gin in Bris­bane on Jan­uary 10-11 at the Royal In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and rum­bles on to the Gold Coast Events Cen­tre at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Jan­uary 17-18.

It will then move to Townsville Sta­dium on Jan­uary 24-25 be­fore fin­ish­ing off at the Mackay En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Jan­uary 27-28.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Tick­etek with fur­ther de­tails at pro­dartsshow­downseries.com.au

ON TAR­GET: John Kuczyn­ski.

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