Kiley Edmunds, originally from Isle aux Morts, captured the Canadian Open darts title in B.C. last month. The victory earned him an invitation to the World Masters in England.
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The old saying about every dark cloud having a silver lining could certainly have applied to Kiley Edmunds over the last few months.
Originally from Isle aux Morts, Edmunds now lives in Halifax but works in Fort McMurray, Alta. Like so many others, he had to leave the oilpatch when a devastating wildfire ripped through the region in May.
Edmunds is a dart player, and when he's working he's only able to practice two or three hours a month.
But when he's home he can get in two or three hours every day.
Edmunds used the unexpected time back on the East Coast to practice for this year's Canadian Open in Richmond, B.C.
The extra practice time paid off. Edmunds walked away with the title.
"You've got to shoot well and you've got to have some luck," he said.
Edmunds defeated Jeff Smith, one of the top darts players in Canada, to win the title.
"He's a really good player," Edmunds said.
Edmunds was also participating in the nationals while he was in B.C. He played as a member of Team Nova Scotia, which won the Canada Cup.
Edmunds finished second at the Nova Scotia provincials to earn his spot on Team Nova Scotia.
Edmunds started playing darts when he was 12 or 13 years old, but gave it up for a time. He picked it back up in Halifax, playing in leagues with friends.
"I've been taking it seriously for the last six years," he said.
Edmunds said when he started playing darts, he never thought about participating in major tournaments or representing a province in competition.
Edmunds' win at the Canadian Open earned him a spot at the World Masters in London, England in November. He said he's about 80 per cent sure he'll attend the event.