EASTERN Province Darts Council president Pieter Seaman will be a proud family man as he watches his wife and two children take part in the SA Dart Championship at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) this week.
While Seaman performs an administrative role at the championship, his family has been slugging it out with districts from all over South Africa. Seaman’s wife, Karin, and their sons, Daniel, 26, and Tertius, 21, have been some of the main attractions at this year’s championship.
The brothers say they learnt their trade away from the smoky confines of a bar and instead found their grasp for the game in their home with the guidance and support of their parents.
Team manager and elder brother Daniel said: “It’s a family thing you know. Our parents came and supported us when we were younger, so now we do the same. We always do.”
But having a brother playing the sport always sparks some degree of sibling rivalry.
“The competition is there, believe me. We play a lot so we always challenge each other. It’s important to speak about each other’s strong and weak points.”
Daniel and Tertius hope to help promote their team to the A division next year after narrowly missing out on promotion with a silver medal last year.
Their surrogate uncle, Gawie Roesstorff, the first EP player to become a Springbok, has lent a welcome helping hand with their preparation.
“Being good friends with Pieter, I’ve watched these boys grow up in front of me.”
Tongue firmly in cheek, Roesstorff said: “They still have a lot to learn.”
Although Pieter no longer competes for the district, he is the go-to man behind the scenes.
Apart from representing EP at darts, Karin is also a full-time mother.
“It’s great that we get to play a game we all love together,” she said.
“My husband first taught me to throw and then I got pregnant. Each of my sons was born with a set of darts in their hands,” Karin joked.
“We used to let them throw clothing pegs at a board as small kids, and that’s how they learnt the game.”
The national competition began on Monday, and is set to finish off on Friday. The event hosts more than 750 players from 12 regions around the country.
Each region consists of numerous districts, and the four highest scorers in the district round-robin stages qualify to represent their regions later in the week’s proceedings.