Young darting sensation Beau Greaves was named young Sportsperson of the Year at the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Sport awards earlier this week. The twelve-year-old Yorkshire schoolgirl has enjoyed an incredible 2016, winning the England Classic, The England Matchplay, the Yorkshire Classic, The Welsh Open and the European Cup.
Beau was one of two recipients of the Young Sportsperson of the Year award. Faith Price, Britain’s best young sprinter at just twelve years old also received the award, having broken a Croydon Schools Athletics record set 34 years before by Donna Fraser, who later featured in the Sydney Olympics.
Aptly nicknamed ‘Beau ‘n Arrow’, Greaves opted to take up darts at the age of 10, following in the footsteps of her older brother Taylor who himself is a promising prospect on the PDC Development Tour.
Less than four months after throwing her first set of darts, Greaves found herself competing in the Winmau World Masters U18 Youth event, where she reached the final before losing out to Robyn Byrne. Yet since then, Beau has gone from strength to strength and has now been recognised for her incredible achievements.
One of Beau’s most impressive accomplishments of 2016 came in August’s European Cup, where she saw off players from seventeen nations to triumph in the singles; dropping just one leg over four days of action, and that came against the world number two.
This made her the youngest ever winner of this coveted title and she also finished runner-up in the pairs competition alongside Danielle Ashton; daughter of two-time world champion Lisa.
Last year, Beau’s first televised appearance came when she competed in the reality show ‘Darts Factor’, where a number of the finest talents in the game battled it out to be crowned the Darts Factor winner, with the incentive of taking to the Alexandra Palace stage in the 2016 William Hill World Darts Championship.
She acquitted herself extremely well as she competed alongside talented Belgian duo Dimitri van den Bergh and Mike De Decker. They were also joined by Dirk van Duijvenbode, who posted a 9-darter on the PDC tour in 2015 and made his World Championship debut at Ally Pally in December.
This experience saw her talent recognised by an array of high-profile stars, none more so than PDC world number one Michael van Gerwen. The pair met at this year’s World Matchplay in July and they battled it out at the Winter Gardens in a friendly. Beau posted two 140’s and MvG was extremely impressed by her ability and temperament.
More recently, Greaves clinched victory in November’s Channel Island (Senior) Open, beating Sarah Roberts in the final. However in the last four, Beau defeated the legendary Deta Hedman, who ironically offered to sponsor Beau to compete in the Jersey Festival of Darts; one of the most prestigious darting festivals on the circuit.
Even at the age of twelve, Beau already has an astonishing list of scalps to her name. Having beaten Hedman just days earlier, she has also claimed victories against Paula Jacklin, Fallon Sherrock, Casey Gallagher and two-time world champion Lisa Ashton at the Jersey Classic, before eventually losing out to Hedman in the final.
Last weekend the 12-year-old from Sprotbrough, Doncaster, reached the final of the Girls World Masters where she was edged out in a deciding leg by Russia’s Veronica Koroleva, having whitewashed Denmark’s Line Kristiansen in the semi-finals.
Beau’s meteoric rise was featured in a short documentary during the PDC’s Champions League of Darts, broadcast live on the BBC back in September. She has been tipped to become the first female darts millionaire and given her staggering exploits in 2016, who’s to say she won’t become darts’ youngest ever world champion?