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The JDC are absolutely delighted to announce that one of the most famous referees in the business has joined us as an ambassador for the junior game. Paul said he would be honoured to be part of the JDC'S ambassador program, which tries to add a prominant figure and roll model for children across he world. The JDC Ambassador program covers all areas in darts and hopefully will inspire young people looking at the sport to be a player, an MC or a referee. 

 

Paul started out playing darts way back in 1973 where he was asked to join a team to make up the numbers. He enjoyed it that much he began to play at a consitant level and regularly in his locality. Paul won numerous league and cup titles over the years and eventually became chairman of local West Yorkshire league, South Elmsall Premier Darts. 41 years later Paul is still the chairman.

 

Paul told the JDC " 

I started doing Exhibition work with my good friend Dennis Priestley, and whilst doing Exhibition work in California, before travelling on to the Desert Classic in Las Vegas, he asked me if I fancied applying for the 4th referees position with the PDC, as they were looking for a 4th referee to link up with Freddie Williams, Bruce Spendley and Russ Bray. I said that I would not mind trying. We spoke with the tournament director Tommy Cox in Las Vegas and he agreed to listen to me and they listened to me at the World Matchplay, Blackpool the following year when I refereed the match between Dennis Smith and Steve Brown (USA), they liked what they heard and I took up the 4th referee position with the PDC, a few developments have been made since and this was 14 years ago.
I have in this time called 17 9 dart 501's (11 on television and 6 others)
 
Paul called the first JDC World final on stage at the Alexandra Palace in 2016, lets hope for more cries of the notable 180 call of JDC Ambassador Paul Hinks. 

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