Local 13 Year-Old Aiming High As National Dart Champion

Will Represent USA in Two Worldwide Competitions Later This Year

He’s only 13 years old but is already known worldwide.   P.J. Stewart of Clayton is the American Dart Association (ADA) Youth National Champion.

PJ’s talents have taken him across the United States and Canada. In October he will travel to England to represent the United States in a worldwide dart competition.

He is also one of four youth on Team USA that will represent the United States in the Junior Dart Championship in Spain in September.

PJ is the son of Peter and Colleen Stewart. He graduated from Cleveland Middle School in May with honors. He was also inducted in the National Junior Beta Club.

When he isn’t in school PJ can be found playing darts.  He recently won the ADA Youth National Title in Ohio.

PJ doesn’t have any problem beating youth or adults.  He was the youngest player to win two first place titles in an adult darting event.  In the Raleigh Dart League, he just earned the top single winners title in the A Division defeating one of the best players in the Triangle.

“It’s been good. It’s been amazing,” PJ told JoCoReport. “It’s something different that most 13 year-olds don’t do.”

PJ says his father also plays darts and his Dad got him interested in competing. When asked about representing the United States in England and Spain this Fall he said, “I feel a little nervous because I’m going to be representing our country.”

Darts isn’t his only sport. While at Cleveland Middle, PJ played football where his team went undefeated for two consecutive seasons.  This fall, PJ plans to attend Cleveland High and continue playing football and, of course, entering more dart competitions.


Photos courtesy Peter Stewart