Whitby darts player Richie Parkin is looking forward to qualifying for the BDO World Trophy in Blackpool next week.
The 29-year-old, who also plays for The Black Swan, believes he could make the proper rounds of the competition too.
“The qualifiers are next Wednesday and it’s a tournament format, I’ve got a good chance,”he said.
“There are quite a few stars there like Martin Adams. I’m going on the circuit and I’m in Scottish Open the week after,” he added.
“Ted Hankey and Co Stompe are back and some really impressive young Dutch players too.
“They throw unbelievably quickly, they’re ready to throw when you’re collecting your darts from the board.”
Richie took some advice from the late Mike Thistle – a popular local opponent – and will no doubt be picking the brain of his pro passenger in the weeks and months ahead.
“I’ve learned to slow down. I’m travelling with Glen Durrant, from Middlesbrough, who was really unlucky in the World Championship, he just got outclassed by finalist Alan Norris,” Richie said.
Richie is at the Middlesbrough Open tomorrow and thanked St George Security and Green’s Restaurant for sponsoring him, he also thinks other local lads could follow in his footsteps.
“Gary Johnston and Mike Russell are good enough, there are quite a few lads in Whitby who could step up,” he said.
“I’d like to get a Super League team up from Whitby, but there’s probably too much travelling.”
It’s clear Richie, a familiar figure to those who throw some arrows on a Thursday or Sunday night in town, is chomping at the bit to get started on his adventure, starting at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
“I’m just enjoying my darts at the moment,” he said.
“I’m playing really well, averaging just below 90 in practice.
“When I come in from work, I usually have an hour or so of practice.
“But when I’m off I could rack up four or five hours,” he added.