Patrick Botto is the first quadriplegic darts player to participate in the able bodied Annual National Inter-District Darts Tournament. In Durban he represented the Northern Suburbs Darts Association (NSDA), seven able bodied players and himself.Botto uses a Kalahari blowpipe made by Frank Dickman (who also makes pipes for target shooting) to compete and his participation has been the subject of much debate.When he began playing five years ago his goal was to compete at the National tournament. He triumphed in his battle with Darts South Africa (DSA) and is now allowed to represent his district on a National level and has dreams of representing South Africa. 2008 was the first time he was picked for the finals. NSDA came 5th overall. Patrick played 60 games, lost 16 and won 44 giving him a percentage win of 73% and making him their best player.NSDA is extremely supportive. They stuck by him and joined the battle with DSA, not surprising given that the team approached Botto to offer him a spot that they had created for him.QASA sports fund helped with costs, so that he and his darts assistant and wife, Viola, could travel to Durban. Patrick was recently crowned the Western Province Singles Champ (able bodied).
If you are disabled and interested in playing darts please contact Patrick Botto at 083 258 2497. The QASA sports fund is available to sponsor quadriplegic and paraplegics who want to pursue sport or hobby.