At just 12 years of age, Landon Key has got his ‘bullseye’ on the prize ahead of the 2019 Australian Junior Darts Championships.
Landon has been selected to represent South Australia at the national competition in Forster, New South Wales in January next year.
He is one of just four boys in the state side and the second youngest in the team.
While Landon can’t wait to test himself against the best, there’s one aspect of the opportunity that he finds really exciting.
“It’s my first time going on a plane,” he said.
Landon qualified for the national competition after finishing in the top four at a recent tournament in Murray Bridge.
With a seat on the plane to NSW at stake, one would forgive Landon’s throwing hand for beginning to shake.
But he held firm in the high-pressure environment.
“It was good. I didn’t really feel any pressure," Landon explained.
Landon first picked up darts in 2016 when his uncle, Robbie Gunn, dragged him out to the local competition.
Despite going along just to watch, Landon was called into action and has been playing every Tuesday and Wednesday night ever since.
He said not only is the game fun, but it has also helped him academically.
“Before I started playing darts, I couldn’t really do maths, but now I’m one of the top in my class,” Landon said.
The sky’s the limit for the young talent, who hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of his idol, English star Michael Smith.
“I hope to play in London when I’m older. That’s where all the big professionals play,” he said.