Maryborough's Kyle Chapman hopes this weekend’s Queensland Senior Darts Championships will springboard her career.
Maryborough's Kyle Chapman hopes this weekend’s Queensland Senior Darts Championships will springboard her career. Megan Pope

Sharpshooter targets Aussie blazer

HITTING targets is what Kyle Chapman does best.

But there is still one target the Maryborough darts player has not been able to hit the bullseye on yet.

The chance to represent Australia on the world stage is the only honour to have eluded her during her 23-year career, and there's no doubt it will be on her mind when she competes at the Queensland Senior Darts Championships in Maryborough this weekend.

"Making the Australian team is something I certainly would be looking at," she said.

"It would be a great honour.

"I always wear the Queensland blazer with a lot of pride, but to get an Australian one would be the ultimate."

Chapman, a four-time Queensland representative, has been prepared to work towards her dream, having started playing darts in 1989 after being roped in by her brother Barry.

It didn't take her long to make a stunning impact on the game.

Less than 12 months after she started, she recorded the second-highest average by a zone five player at her first state championship.

In 2008, contesting her first national championship, she was named Australian rookie of the year.

"I've got a natural ability," she said. "My flatmate John (Burton) is also my coach and we do a lot of training together and work on a lot of different things on the dart board."

At this weekend's state championships, Chapman will be part of a strong contingent of players from the Fraser Coast vying for a chance to represent Queensland at this year's nationals in Darwin.

Also representing zone five, which stretches to Gladstone, will be Maryborough's Nikki Coe, Ben Gaiter and Robbie Cameron and Hervey Bay pair Brad Martin and Sandy Croasdale.

Chapman said the chance to play a major darts tournament in Maryborough was something they would relish.

"We all want to play well in our host town," she said.

"There is some added pressure, but it makes it more exciting.

"There will be some fierce competition coming here so you've got to concentrate and be on your game."

The Queensland Senior Darts Championships will run from tomorrow to Monday at Maryborough and District Darts Association's hall on Quarry Court.



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