Madison's complete 180
Twelve-year-old Madison Parata livened up a darts competition with a rare 180 last week.
She is in the That's Nice team which competes in the Invercargill City Darts Association's weekly competition at Club Southland.
The Southland Girls' High School student scored a triple 20 (180) in round-robin last week. The Association's publicity officer, David Clark, described Madison's feat as phenomenal.
"She's definitely the youngest girl in Southland to do it and possibly the youngest girl in the South Island," Mr Clark said.
Madison, who has played darts for two years, finished third equal in the junior section of the national darts competition in Wellington seven weeks ago.
She won the same division at the South Island Chartered Clubs Championships in Invercargill last year.
"I just like playing, having fun," she said.
Madison is joined in the That's Nice team by her father Joe Parata and Neville and Chrissie Herbert. The Girls' High student and her sister Moe compete in pairs competitions, while brother Tahi is also involved in the sport.
Encouragement from her father was the catalyst for Madison to become interested in darts. Her promise has been noted by leading Southland darts player Warren Parry.
"She's going to go a long way. She's got the right attitude," he said.
Madison also plays softball, badminton and basketball.
Mr Clark said the growing popularity in darts was attributed to increased television coverage of the sport.
"TV has definitely done it."
Mr Clark said the Invercargill City Darts Association had 44 members, including three or four aged from 12 to 14."
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