Trey House didn’t think he would be representing Canada on the international stage when he threw his first dart at eight years old.
“It’s like, that jump in six years — I didn’t expect to go this far,” Trey, now 14, said in an interview.
On Thursday, Trey and his mother will board a plane to Gibraltar so he can play on Team Canada for the Junior Darts Corporation’s World Darts Championship.
“It’s a lot to take in. Starting off it’s like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be a hobby,’ too, maybe making it a whole career,” he said.A few emotions that arise when thinking about the tournament, the teen said.
“I’m feeling really pumped. A little nervous because I’ve never played any of these people from all these other countries before,” he said.
He said he’s played kids from England and Northern Ireland at past tourneys.
“They put up a good fight. I beat the kid from England but I lost to the kid from Northern Ireland,” said Trey.
His journey to Team Canada began a few months ago when he went to a Championship Darts Corporation shoot “for the experience."
He ended up winning two of the three games he played. That not only got him invited to be on Team Canada, he’s also team captain.
Trey said he has two ways of warming up before a big game.
“Depending on how many people and how much noise they’re gonna make I’ll put my headphones in and crank my music as loud as I can,” he said.
“If it’s more quiet and everyone has to be quiet I’ll just go to a board and start throwing my normal warm-up.”
Darts is a House family tradition. Trey's dad, Matt House, is a longtime member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake dart league.
In response to comments that his dad is quite the player, Trey said, “Yeah, he can be, depending on the night.”
Joking aside, he said his dad is pumped to see his son excelling at the sport.
Besides playing darts, the St. Catharines youth plays guitar and listens to punk music and rock and roll.
Amid all the tumult of representing Canada and travelling overseas, Trey's focus is as sharp as his aim.
“I’m having fun and I’m hoping to bring home some gold,” he said.
Players have to fund travel expenses themselves for the tournament. Anyone who wishes to support Trey and Team Canada can donate at https://gofund.me/0e6bf5c9 .
The tournament, which starts on Monday, Nov. 22, can be followed through dartconnect.com.
Evan Saunders, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Lake Report