Man­gakino boys dart to the top

South Waikato News - - NEWS / OPINION - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

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.

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