A former Sussex and Scotland Youth darts player is bidding to make it to the very top after rediscovering his love for the game.
Gareth Griffiths, from Horsham, represented Sussex at virtually every youth level and was one of the most promising young players in the area, winning several big events.
At the age of 15 he made it all the way through to the Coomb Haven Darts Open final, where he lost the narrowest of matches against Kirk Sheppard, now a professional player on the PDC circuit.
After that 3-2 defeat Gareth admits he found other interests, but after a number of years out of the game he began playing again for the Kings Arms in Horsham.
Now captain of the Kings Arms after four successful years, and encouraged by close friend Sheppard - the youngest player ever to reach a PDC world final – Gareth, now 26, is having a stab at becoming a professional. He said: “I keep in regular touch with Kirk and it’s him who’s encouraged me to go to qualifying school so I can get on the UK Circuit. I’m planning on starting on the BDO (British Darts Organisation) instead of the PDC as it’s cheaper but the standard is still very high.
“After I lost the final to Kirk I lost interest in the game but I was only a kid, I wasn’t mature enough to realise what I do now, that being a darts player is what I’m supposed to do.
“Some people think it’s easy to be a pro but it’s not at all but I’m prepared to give it everything I’ve got.”
Gareth, originally from Scotland, has thanked his parents, who live in the town for supporting him, as well as the Kings Arms landlady Lyta Fry. He is sponsored by local businessman Gary Kennard but wants to speak to anyone interested in further sponsorship.