A fanatical darts player from Fulbeck has finally achieved her dream to play at county level.
Sharon Magan has been selected to play for Lincolnshire County Darts – 34 years after she first stepped up to the oche.
Formerly a keen pool player, Sharon’s interest in darts was nurtured by her father Dave Magan whose own ambition had always been to play at county level, and she first picked up her arrows at the age of 15.
Sharon said: “I got my love of darts from my dad who died two years ago.”
A self-confessed ‘Lincolnshire Yellowbelly’, Sharon said she is not the kind of person that can go into a pub and just sit and drink. She is a great believer in pub games, with darts obviously being her favourite, and she said she loves the social side of it all too.
The move up to county level will involve travelling, but Sharon is used to that as she plays for Market Rasen in the Lincs Ladies’ Super League.
Selection for Lincs is dictated by players’ results and averages in the Super League, and if a player is ranked in the top 10, they qualify for the team. Sharon is currently ranked seventh in the county and plays for the Lincs B team.
Despite Sharon starting to play darts as a teenager, she gave up when she got married but went back into the sport 13 years ago.
As well as playing for the county and in the Super League, she is also captain of her local team at the Joiners Arms, Welbourn, who play in the Sleaford League on Monday nights.
She said her first match representing her county was very daunting and she was disappointed to lose 4-0 when Lincs took on Lancashire. But Sharon’s second outing for the county worked out better and she triumphed 3-0 when the team played Warwickshire.
The Lincs team is captained by Paula Jacklin, who is ranked 12th in the UK, and each player has their own walk-on theme – just like the professionals. Sharon’s theme is ‘Pump It’ by the Black Eyed Peas.
Sharon said it was sad that her father had not lived to witness her playing for the county.
“He would have been so proud,” she said.
“It’s an honour to be picked for Lincolnshire County. It’s just brilliant fun.
“I never knew I could get to that stage. It’s amazing.”