Originally published on the Tivy-Side Advertiser website.
Jamie Lewis of Cardigan has shocked the darts world by having one of the top honours in the sport bestowed on him in his first season as a senior.
The 18-year-old landlord of the Commercial public house is the first Welshman and youngest ever to be voted British Darts Organisation Personality-of-the-Year.
Around 50 counties in five divisions of the British Championship cast their votes for the personality-of-the-year, taking into account a player’s contribution to the sport and other attributes including the way he conducts himself in international and county competitions.
The former pupil at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi, who plays for Pembrokeshire in the inter-counties league, succeeds last season’s winner and reigning world champion Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams.
Currently ranked 27th in the world Lewis is striving to secure enough ranking points to compete in the BDO World Championships at the Lakeside Club in January next year.
A surprised but delighted Lewis said: “I was completely gobsmacked on hearing of the award. It was totally unexpected and I am very honoured.”
World champion and England captain Martin Adams said: “The personality award is a very prestigious accolade and I was proud to win it.