Port aux Choix player places sec­ond at Youth Na­tional Darts Cham­pi­onships

Brad Dob­bin part of Provin­cial Youth Team that brought home the Nodor Cup

Northern Pen - - Front page - BY CHRIS­TINE HENNEBURY SPE­CIAL TO THE NORTH­ERN PEN

Provin­cial cham­pion Brad Dob­bin, 18, of Port aux Choix placed sec­ond at the Youth Na­tional Dart Cham­pi­onships in Drum­mondville, Que­bec May 17-20.

Dob­bin, the provin­cial cham­pion for the past three years, en­joyed the chal­lenge of the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

“It was a lot of fun to go to it,” Dob­bin said.

“The com­pe­ti­tion was pretty stiff.”

Dob­bin has been play­ing darts since he was 12, learn­ing the game from fam­ily mem­bers.

“All of my fam­ily play, and they are all pretty good at it,” Dob­bin said. “I got into play­ing it with them.”

While the rest of his fam­ily pri­mar­ily plays just for fun, Dob­bin has been play­ing com­pet­i­tively for the past two-three years. He takes his train­ing very se­ri­ously.

“I try to prac­tice two hours a day,” Dob­bin said. “I do half an hour in­ter­vals so I don’t wear my arm out.”

The ma­jor­ity of his prac­tice takes place in Dobin’s base­ment, play­ing against his father, or against a com­puter with elec­tronic scor­ing.

In ad­di­tion to Dob­bin’s sec­ond place fin­ish in Senior Male Sin­gles, he and Erica Sprack­lin took sec­ond place in the Mixed Dou­bles cat­e­gory, and Team New­found­land brought home the cov­eted Nodor Cup (Youth) for the first time.

Dob­bin en­cour­ages other youth to give darts a try.

“It’s re­ally fun,” Dob­bin says. “You can meet a lot of new friends play­ing darts.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The NL Darts As­so­ci­a­tion Youth Team cel­e­brat­ing their Nodor Cup win.

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Brad Dob­bin in his Team NL shirt, mid-throw at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

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