The Black Panther inspired by JDC

By James Lincoln 19/08/2020

The British overseas territory, Gibraltar, is generally not renowned as a sporting hotbed, but darts is hugely popular throughout the tiny nation off the southern Spanish coast. Darts thrives under the excellent stewardship of the Gibraltar Darts Association (GDA) which structures both senior and junior darts, whilst the PDC hosts the Gibraltar Darts Trophy each year as part of the European Tour, where the excellent weather and prize money is attractive to the best players in the world.


Plenty of young Gibraltarians dream about reaching the darting big time, and one such youngster is 14-year-old Jason Segui who competes in the Gibraltar Darts Youth Academy and goes by the nickname of ‘The Black Panther’. Jason first started playing darts when he was just 10, encouraged by his uncle, Eric, who played to a very high standard himself, including when he competed against Kirk Shepherd in the PDC Players Championship in Gibraltar in 2009.

Whilst playing with his friends, Jason soon realised that he had a genuine talent for the game and began to play competitively. Whilst attending the PDC Gibraltar Darts Trophy last year he was picked up by a coach who immediately offered him a place in the Youth Academy after watching him play. The Youth Academy stage six ranking events each year and the top eight performers across those events will qualify to represent Gibraltar at both the Junior Darts Corporation (JDC) World Darts Championship and the JDC World Cup.


Initially intimidated by the standard of the other players, Jason practiced hard and was rewarded with a quarter-final finish in the first ranking event that he played. He has subsequently reached the quarter-final of the subsequent three ranking events and finds himself at number seven in the Youth Academy rankings. There are still two ranking events to be played, which have been delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but Jason (pictured below) remains confident that his progression will continue:

‘’This is my first year of throwing competitive darts and dedicating myself to the sport. Whilst I have not won many titles, I am picking up invaluable experience and I am gaining more and more confidence. I believe an important title could be around the corner.’’

Jason is also very thankful of the role the JDC and the PDC have played in darts in Gibraltar:

‘’The JDC has helped Gibraltar massively as a darting nation having recently committed to staging big events here for the next six years, whilst the PDC European tour event has given young players like me the chance to meet and watch the best players in the world".

Jason says that he has met all of the top players in the world, but holds a special affection for former World Champion Rob Cross who took the time to chat with Jason and told him that he could achieve anything if he believes in himself. As for the future, Jason hopes that he can progress to bigger and better things once darts resumes:


‘’If I play well in the last two ranking events then I’ll qualify for the JDC World Championship and the JDC World Cup. If I could perform in those events then I’d like to play the JDC tour and then, when I’m older, head to Q-School. I’m ambitious and I believe I can go far in the game.’’ 

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