KAUKA Darts Association player-of-the-season awardee Joe Temu says it takes hard work and commitment for an athlete to remain consistent.
The father-of-three said he started playing when he was 15 and so he had developed his skills over the years.
With his wife Susan, also a darts player, they take part in competitions and are always in the same team.
“I love playing darts,” the 30-year-old told The National. “I always carry a waist bag as well and in it there are always darts.
“Nothing comes easy. You have to sweat to get recognised.
“I can wake up in the morning and practise throwing darts until noon. I literally sleep, eat and walk around with darts.”
The Kirakira villager, from the National Capital District, said he also played cricket and volleyball in the local competitions but had left both sports to concentrate on dart.
Temu also left his job because the job restricted him from travelling and playing dart.
“I have decided to pursue dart fulltime,” he said.
For the 2019 Kauka Darts Association competition, Temu was awarded:
- Player of the season;
- most hundreds (72 in total); and,
- Highest score (180).
Temu said he had also received the same awards last season.
He has had experience in Port Moresby darts and later moved back to play in the village.
Temu has had playoffs experience every year since he started playing so when his Muni Heights made it to the grand final, he was not bereft of confidence.
He said he was stunned by eventual champions Bullets as they were all youngsters.
They are teenagers but they are already playing at our level,” Temu said. Temu’s children — aged six, eight and 10 — are also following in his footsteps.
“When I play, they are also playing. They already know how to throw darts,” he said. “I teach them the skills and how to play better.
“I thank the association president and executives for awarding us with cash prizes and trophies. I also thank our sponsor Trophy Haus for contributing a lot to Muni Heights.”
Temu said he enjoyed competing in the Champion of Champions in Manus and was looking forward to next year’s tournament, which Kauka will host.