Was it your first long flight and did you like it?
Yes it was my first flight liked most of it. I was
very scared at first but got use to it as time went on.
Where did you stay in Shanghai– was it some kind of
hostel or a hotel?
It was at the youth sports hostel.
Did all youth players and coaches stay at the same
All the players stayed there, but some coaches
stayed at a hotel a little ways away.
And where did you play darts? At the accommodation
Yes at the location where we slept.
Did the Chinese players and coaches speak
All of them spoke English fairly well, some not as well
Had every youth player an own coach or did
you practice with different coaches?
All the coaches worked with all the youth - kind of
shared with everyone.
How good were the other youth players? Who was the
Most of the players were very good, Tyson from
Australia was the best, and he hits his marks very well.
What did the coaches teach you?
Patience! And follow through was the biggest points,
although I feel Sportsmanship ranks higher on my list.
Did you learn a lot or did you think time was too
I feel it was a good environment to learn, for
beginners, for more advanced players it was more on focusing on your marks and
keeping in the game.
And what was the best or most helpful you did learn?
Don’t take your winning for granted, things can change
very fast and nip you by the butt quick!
Was all the darts equipment by Puma?
All the portable stands were yes, and they had products
for sale there also.
Were the coaches rather strict? Not only in coaching
but in supervising as well? Had you really to get up at 6:30 every day and to
be in bed at 10 pm???
No, the coaches were all really nice and down to earth,
very easy going, and yes 6:30 wake up and 10 pm had to be in our rooms. It
wasn’t that bad because most nights we were worn out and in earlier.
What did you like best and what didn’t you enjoy at
The whole experience of travelling over there and
playing with foreign players, meeting new friends, seeing Shanghai and the way
the culture is, the food I really couldn’t get use to, that was probably the
Did you make some new friends? And was it easy to
get friends with the Chinese youths?
Yes, friends with everyone, I’m pretty easy going and
especially with the ones I bunked with, the New Zealanders, they were a blast,
and the Chinese students, they were all pretty easy going to and a lot of
fun being with, very enjoyable atmosphere.
Do you think it was all in all a good experience?
Yes, I loved it very much, as much as my dad was a
worry wort, I enjoyed it a lot, meeting all the other players and coaches,
everything, even the Chinese students, seeing how well they played and how
good sportsmanship they have was good to see.
And would you travel there again?
I think I would, but I think this time I would take my
dad, he’s my mentor, and we do everything darts together, and I think he’d be
a really good coach for them to because he connects with youth players so
well. It was a great time, and maybe if I get another chance, yes I would
love to go back and work with the Chinese players.
While Steven by now enjoys being home again and
prepares for tournament weekend in London, Ontario, Ron Wilcox has got an
idea: “What about a darts youth exchange??? Youth players could travel for a
week in summer to a foreign country to stay there in the family of another
youth player and get to know country, people and darts scene taking part in
practice, league play and competition. Ron intends to pursue the project and
he himself would be always ready to accommodate a foreign