ACCRINGTON darter Jamie Guilfoyle is aiming for the top when he takes to the oche at Lakeside next Tuesday during the BDO World Darts Championships.
The 26-year-old is one of eight of the nation’s amateur darts players who have secured their place in the John Smith’s People’s Darts quarter-finals.
Guilfoyle, who plays out of Sydney Street Working Men’s Club, will be representing the North West region in front of a big crowd and the BBC cameras to take on the might of Scotland’s Duncan Hastings.
Since winning the North West Regional Final at King George’s Hall in Blackburn, Jamie has been mentored by last year’s BDO finalist Tony "Silverback" O’Shea, from Stockport, at his local club, the Sydney Street WMC.
O’Shea said: "It was great to play some darts with Jamie in his local pub. I met some of the guys that are coming down to support him and I think they are in for a great week. I will be supporting Jamie 100 per cent and I hope we can bring the trophy back to the North West."
Jamie, who works as a distribution technician, has already won £1,000 prize money for the charity of his choice, The GP Ward at the Accrington Victoria Hospital and will be battling it out with the other seven finalists to be crowned the John Smith’s People’s Dart’s champion with hopes of winning an additional £14,000 for his charity.
Should Jamie progress through the quarter and semi-finals he will then have the opportunity of a lifetime as the finalists will play before the main BDO World Professional Darts Championship final in front of a crowd of 3,000 people and a huge BBC TV audience.
The overall winner of the John Smith’s People’s Darts will then have the chance to compete with the best in 2010 as they will be given entry to the Dutch Open as well as two other UK-based BDO Darts events.
Additionally, the winner will also be given £1,000 worth of equipment for their local pub and they will be sponsored by John Smith’s throughout 2010.