Image copyright Getty Images You wouldn’t think a game of professional darts is how you’d normally celebrate a 16th birthday.But if you’re Beau Greaves, you’ve just played – and won – the quarter-final of the women’s BDO World Darts Championship.”I’ve had messages from people telling me I’m an inspiration to young girls who want to…

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That you must to perchance well no longer think a sport of skilled darts is the scheme you’d in most cases hang an even time a 16th birthday.

Nevertheless whenever you occur to are Beau Greaves, you’ve got true performed – and won – the quarter-ideal of the girls’s BDO World Darts Championship.

“I’ve had messages from of us telling me I’m an inspiration to younger girls who are desirous to launch playing darts, which is a enormous self belief booster for me,” she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

Darts can also be considered essentially as a men’s sport, but Beau thinks younger ladies is possible to be inspired to throw at a traipse board.

“Rising up I saw Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor. Ladies folk darts didn’t bag as noteworthy coverage as men’s support then. So or no longer it is about getting more opportunities to bag on the adequate cowl cowl.

“Individuals think girls cannot play darts, but we are able to. We true blueprint no longer see it as noteworthy on TV.”

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Beau beat Aileen de Graaf to reach the semi-ideal

Beau says she got into darts totally on yarn of her brother.

“We primitive to hang a room in our dwelling where the dartboard would be and I would true ranking from my brother – it took off from there in truth.

“Then I true started throwing and won my first competition, playing county stage for Yorkshire.”

Nevertheless whenever you occur to deem it become success from the foundation for Beau, reconsider.

“I in truth lost my first ideal sport of darts. Nevertheless then I won my first competition, known as Bradford Darts. We primitive to lope to that every few weeks.”

She says arduous work is the predominant – and has four practice sessions a day.

“I in truth hang a conservatory in my dwelling where I practise. Or no longer it is got my trophies in there to give it that blueprint of environment.”

‘You wish balance’

Nevertheless along with darts, Beau also has other things occurring – love doing her GCSEs.

“Or no longer it is arduous. I blueprint are desirous to be a darts player but or no longer it will possible be quite most vital balance it out.

“I’ve got assessments bobbing up this year so I will bag them performed. And, we will see where darts takes me.”

She provides that or no longer it will possible be quite most vital prepare for a support-up profession.

“I blueprint no longer know what’s going to occur after this. Nevertheless I do know education is vital so I will hang fantastic that to hang a conception if darts would not lope the scheme I want it to.”

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Beau says younger players want to work arduous frequently and no longer soar the gun to reach the discontinue

Beau says though her school chums note her on TV, they blueprint no longer appear to be that furious by darts. Nevertheless she has the game to thank for her easiest buddy, fellow player Shannon Reeves.

“We now hang performed together in teams when we hang been younger, and we hang now been easiest chums since.”

‘Stronger and resilient’

She says opinion remains a disclose within the game and cites the “imperfect” abuse she’s bought within the past.

“My household see it before I blueprint. I’m true no longer anymore.

“Or no longer it is the darkish segment of being within the general public glance, so you’ve got to address it. It does hang you stronger and more resilient.”

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Beau is galvanized by Fallon, who made historic past by changing into the first girls player to beat a man within the PDC championships

She wishes to emulate Fallon Sherrock’s success and alternate perceptions.

“I’ve spoken to her about a times, performed together with her and she’s in truth tremendous. She’s performed so neatly and she deserves it.”

‘Factor in for your self’

Nerves are long-established for Beau, but she gets by scheme of it by “no longer in truth furious by it” and would not solutions playing older, more skilled players.

“Confidence is among the predominant things in darts, so whenever you occur to’ve got self belief and deem you are going to grab, it helps. There could be so noteworthy skill in darts but or no longer it will possible be quite most vital deem for your self to bag by scheme of.”

She says the pub culture round the game system of us in most cases hang a drink to address the nerves.

“Nevertheless I’ve by no system had a drink when playing. I win whenever you launch drinking in darts, it true gets you into awful habits. Obviously or no longer it is a fearful sport so of us would perchance well perchance want a drink. Nevertheless water does it for me!”

Beau plays Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki on Friday night and is embracing the bother.

“The group loves her, so I will want to prepare myself for that one. Nevertheless I’m taking a stare forward to it and I blueprint revel within the adequate crowd.”

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