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Ten-year-old darts player with autism invited to attend William Hill World Darts Championship




A 10-year-old darts player with autism has been invited to attend the William Hill World Darts Championship as a guest of the CEO of the Professional Darts Corporation.

Harvey Stringer, from Wickham Skeith, was delighted to be approached by chief executive Matthew Porter after his mum Clare tweeted a picture of his room full of darts memorabilia.

The picture featured photographs of all the darts players Harvey has met, as well as jerseys and 180 cards.

Harvey on stage with Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark. Picture: Contributed
Harvey on stage with Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark. Picture: Contributed

The tweet caught the attention of Mr Porter, who went on to say: “You don’t seem to have a 180 card from the World Championship though, so why don’t you come to Ally Pally as our guest this Christmas and get one to add to your collection.”

The Thorndon Primary School pupil has so far met dozens of internationally-renowned darts players, including Wayne Mardle and 2018 World Champion Rob Cross.

“We saw Mr Porter’s tweet and we said ‘oh my goodness’,” said mum Clare, 37.

Harvey with Rob Cross, who will be among the favourites to lift the 2019 trophy.
Harvey with Rob Cross, who will be among the favourites to lift the 2019 trophy.

“Harvey gets to decide which day he would like to attend and which players he would like to meet. He is really looking forward to it.”

Harvey, who picked up his first dart at the tender age of three, has been consistently progressing through the rankings and is currently placed 107th in the England Boys Ranking by England Darts. He is also due to take part in the international Junior Darts Corporation tournament next year.

“We would not do it unless he was happy to do it,” said mum-of-three Clare.

“If he says to me at any point: ‘mum, I don’t want to do it’, that’s absolutely fine, we only want him to be happy.”

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For the tournament, the family will have to cover the cost of equipment, travel and entry fees. The Stringers would welcome any donation, however small, to Harvey’s tour fund. Donations can be made through PayPal at hurricaneharv180@gmail.com.


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