A FAMILIAR face in Basingstoke's darts scene has been crowned champion at the prestigious Dutch Open 2024.

Jo Rolls, at 51, secured the ladies' pair title alongside her partner, the renowned two-time ladies' world champion, Beau Greaves, who is 20-years-old.

Reflecting on her darts journey, Jo said: "I started playing darts when I was 17, just in the local league in Overton. Then I progressed to play in Basingstoke and later got selected to play for Hampshire. That was way back."

The Popley resident went on to progress from local leagues to international championships, leading to the Dutch Open, the biggest victory of her career.

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Jo has been teaming up with the back-to-back England champion Beau for quite some time now.

"I've known Beau for probably a good five or six years. We played our first competition together two years ago in Romania. We actually won that as well," she said.

Jo, who is a grandmother to one-year-old Jasper, has so far won multiple local individual tournaments, secured victory twice at the England Open in Selsey, and claimed the ladies' pair title in Northern Ireland.

She has previously been runner-up in the Austrian Open, and a semi-finalist in Denmark.

However, for Jo, the victory at the Dutch Open stands out as the pinnacle of her career.

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"For me, Holland has been the biggest win of my career," she said. "I feel amazing! My confidence is really high. And I can't wait to get and play my next tournament, which is in Slovakia at the end of February."

In Slovakia, she will be playing in individual and mixed pair categories with a fellow Hampshire teammate.