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High hopes for darts world champion Shaun Lovett's future
TEENAGE darts player Shaun Lovett is determined to kick on after winning a major junior darts tournament.
Sixteen-year-old Shaun won the Winmau World Masters in Hull earlier this month and underlined his potential as one of Essex’s leading darts prospects.
And his manager Bob Nice reckons the Dagenham player could be one to watch in the future as he hones his craft with some of south Essex’s best players.
“I have great belief in him and reckon he will get somewhere,” said Nice. “Shaun has won other things before but the Winmau World Masters was his big breakthrough.
“All the top people have said Shaun should be getting an England cap and Rod Harrington said we have to take him to the PDC Youth Tour.”
The tour was where Pitsea professional Paul Barham finished as runner-up in 2011 before stepping up to the senior pro tour.
And it is players such as Barham that Shaun is training with in south-east Essex on Thursday and Fridays.
He plays for The Railway in Prittlewell in the Southend Licensed Victuallers' League and in the Essex and London Superleagues.
Shaun was introduced to darts by his mum Sharon and older brothers Tony and Mark and has been playing for three years.
He quickly made an impact in junior competitions which culminated in his appearance at the Winmau World Masters U18 boys finals.
“It was pretty nerve wracking at the Masters but I was in confident mood and in the end it all went quite well,” said Shaun.
“It has helped training alongside some of the county’s top players.” He defeated Canvey player Bradley Halls, who is also part of the Youth Darts Team managed by Nice and Scott Clark, in the semi-final before winning the trophy.
Nice and Clark are seeking sponsors to help Shaun progress in the sport and anyone interested in helping out can contact Bob Nice on 07510 287114.