Mangakino boys dart to the top
It started as a Sunday hobby for four Mangakino youth but now they hold a bright future in the darts world.
Raheem Barlow 15, Erik Pu 14, Jamie Barlow,12, and Tawhaki Webber,10, were successful when they represented Waikato and King Country at the National Youth and Junior Darts Championship in Hastings.
The boys started the hobby for fun last year at the Mangakino Citizens and Districts Club on the Sunday sports day but they soon discovered their talent when they began beating older members.
The foursome decided to take it further at a competition in May where they qualified for the nationals.
They may have had plenty of practice but Erik said the competitive world was completely different to what they were used to.
‘‘It was freaky because there are heaps of new people,’’ he said.
The group said despite the new challenge it was ‘‘fun’’ and look forward to the next competition.
The boys are a part of the Taupo Darts Club and junior members of the District and Services Club in Mangakino.
Sunday hobby: Jamie Barlow, left, Raheem Barlow, Tawhaki Webber and Erik Pu are using the Mangakino Citizens and Districts Club to make their way to the top.