A man with a dream, a man with passion to be able to help others and a man that so many are thankful that he has all of those attributes.
Russ Strobel take a bow! You have given others hope, when they thought that there was none.
Amputee Ricky Chilton wins world wheelchair darts title
Ricky Chilton, who had his leg amputated because of bone cancer, has won the world wheelchair darts title.
The 59-year-old from St Ives in Cornwall took the title in Hull seven years after losing his left leg by beating Manchester's Phil Lees 3-2 at the Winmau World Masters.
"I almost gave up on playing darts because I thought I could never do it again," he told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"But then I thought 'why should I be beaten by something like that?'."
The feat was made all the more remarkable as Chilton had to re-train himself to throw darts from a wheelchair, as he usually plays standing up using his crutches.
Wheelchair players throw from a standard oche, but the bullseye is lower by around 15 inches.
"It took a bit of getting used to," Chilton said of playing sitting down.
"I had to learn where to throw and how to throw, I had to change everything, but I wasn't going to let it beat me.
"Sometimes when I play you think I'd have never thrown a dart before, but I have more good days than bad days and occasionally it goes back to the old standard I used to play at.
"It's unbelievable, it's only really just sinking in," added Chilton, who plays for Penzance's Buffalo Club.
At the beginning of Finals day the early birds in the crowd were entertained by the inaugural World Darts Disability Association final.
This competition is the end product of a campaign designed to open the sport of darts to players with disability. The Board is specifically designed so a wheelchair player and a standing player were competing directly against one another.
The finalists were Ricky Chilton from Cornwall and Manchester born Phil Lees. In a best of 5 legs Chilton took an early lead but Lees pulled back to level the game. The match went all the way and down to a deciding leg which Lees on 59 could not capitalise on Chilton’s miss and Chilton took the tile with double 16.
2015 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship Draw
The draw took place today for the 2015 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship. Hosted by MC 'Little' Richard Ashdown, BDO Tournament Director Wayne Williams oversaw the draw which was conducted by Mr Ian Flack, Winmau Sales and Marketing Director and Andy 'The Viking' Fordham.
There will be some interesting encounters on the iconic Lakeside stage next year. The full draw is below:
Trina Gulliver MBE v Anneke Kuijtan
Deta Hedman v Lisa Ashton
Lorraine Winstanley v Sharon Prins
Rachel Brooks v Casey Gallagher
Fallon Sherrock v Maria Mason
Aileen de Graaf v Paula Jacklin
Anastasia Dobromyslova v Irina Armstrong
Zoe Jones v Sarah Brent
MENS PRELIMINARY ROUND
Seigo Asada v Brian Dawson
Eddie Sims v Cedric Waegemans
Peter Sajwani v Sam Head
David Cameron v Michael van der Horst
Karel Sedlacek v Paul Coughlin
Mike Day v Jeff Smith
Jim Widmayer v Rhys Hayden
Willem Mandingers v Daniel Larsson
MENS 1ST ROUND
Robbie Green v Darius Labanauskas
James Wilson v Peter Sajwani/Sam Head
Gary Robson v Eddie Sims/Cedric Waegemans
Wesley Harms v Mike Day/Jeff Smith
Jeffrey de Graaf v Seigo Asada/Brian Dawson
Martin Phillips v Madars Razma
Remco van Eijden v Geert de Vos
Scott Mitchell v Tony O’Shea
Darryl Fitton v Paul Jennings
Alan Norris v Willem Mandingers/Daniel Larsson
Jamie Hughes v David Cameron/Michel van der Horst
Glen Durrant v Karel Sedlacek/Paul Coughlin
Ross Montgomery v Pip Blackwell
Scott Waites v Sam Hewson
Rick Hofsta v Jim Widmayer/Rhys Hayden
Martin Adams v Jan Dekker
An exciting and ground breaking Pro Darts Tour is coming to Australasia in January 2015.
Four venues are set to play host to the greatest Darts Challenge ever launched in the Southern Hemisphere and Hobart, Sydney, Invercargill and the Gold Coast are the chosen Regional Final venues.
What’s even better is that eight Qualifying events will be staged and these will literally give every single darts player in Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to compete for great Prize Money and to stand on the same competitive oche as two legends of the game and contest the title of "DartsKing of Australasia "
Eddy Sims went to third round of his Pool (Last 128 overall)
Eddy played Ryan Joyce of England and unfortunately Eddy missed out with Ryan defeating Eddy 3-0
Tony Pettit went to second round in his Pool (last 256 overall)
Tony played Stephan Deprez of Belgium and again unfortunately Tony missed out as Stephen won the game 3-0
Jackson Wilson-Young went to third round (last 128 overall)
Jackson played Mark Cullen of Ireland and lost the close encounter going down 3-2
Matthew Francois youth made last 64
Matthew played Damien Gerrits of Nederlands and again unfortunately Matthew was defeated in yet another close encounter going down 4-3.
This was a very hotly contested Championships. Every Player is a Champion in their own right having earned the right to play .
Our Australian Reps showed great typical Aussie Spirit on the World Stage. Although not making the finals the experience will certainly be a very valuable part of their future in the game .
Congratulations to each of our Players.
Eddy Sims defeated Sean Barnett - Wal 3-0
Stefaan Deprez-BEL defeated Tony Pettit 3-0
Ryan Joyce Eng defeated Eddy Sims 3-0
Mark Cullen-IRL defeated Jackson Wilson-Young 3-2
Darts Australia wishes Eddy Sims Australian Representative Player and Darts Australia players Tony Pettit and Jackson Wilson Young all the best in their quest to succeed at the Winmau World Masters .
Keep an eye on this page for results as they come in .
It is a big field of players however our players are up to the task .
Eddy is a quality player as are Tony and Jackson and with the support of everyone in Darts Australia we should be looking at a great result.
Change of date of the DDDA sponsored event due to the sponsor being unavailable on the existing day to attend.
The new date is the 16th November.
“ Darts Australia is aware there is some confusion regarding members of the 2014 Australian Team Members and their participation in the recent Sydney and Perth Masters and the upcoming Dartsking of Australasia tournament.
We would like to clarify there have been no restrictions placed on any player for these events and are delighted that our players and the sport has received such great exposure in recent times.
We wish all participants the very best of luck and look forward to the continued growth of the sport and continued broadcast exposure for our players and the sport”.
on behalf of Darts Australia
Winners Melita Ford & Steve Vassilliou,
Finalist Angela Cornel & Chris Jarvis,
Winner Jackie Clothier def Bek Heidke 5 1
Winner Peter Machin def Will Wilson (Junior) 6 - 1
These Juniors played in the Classic alongside Peter Machin
Peter won the Mens Singles and donated his prize earnings to Junior Darts in South Australia. Well done Pete, you are champion through and through.
NSW MASTERS RESULTS
Winner: Eddy Sims 
Runner Up: Mike Bonser 
Equal Third: PJ Stafford & Robbie King
Equal 5th: Harley Kemp, Andrew Edwards, Raymond Lane & Scott Johnson
Winner: Corrine Hammond 
Runner Up: Lorraine Burn 
Equal Third: Fran Shore & Lavinia Hogg
Equal Fifth: Pam Burr, Linda Dobbin, Sharna Holland & Melissa Sinnott
New Product from Puma.
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Dear Darts Australia members,
We hope your dart season is going well and you are enjoying the record coverage of darts on Foxtel of late with plenty more to come!
2013 has been busy time for us over here at Puma Darts in Katikati, NZ. The latest Puma Darts collection was released in February . There is also plenty happening across all steel and soft tip dart markets for us. Puma Darts are excited to be working with new dart finishing technology and accessory innovations and look forward to bringing these to you, we welcome your valuable feedback along the way!
2013 also marks a special milestone for Puma Darts, it is the 20th Anniversary of the popular and renown 'Bandit' dartboard technology. As you know over the years this
technology has evolved and is arguably after 20 years the world's finest bristle dartboard technology, further enhanced in recent years with the development of the popular 'Bandit Pro Trainer' and the elite lighter and quieter version in the 'Bandit Plus'. Puma Darts is proud to be the official sponsor of darts in Australia and having the Bandit dartboard as the official competition board for all Australian sanctioned tournaments.
As part of our grass roots support of youth darts throughout the world including Australia, Canada, NZ and Hong Kong to date, Puma Darts have formed Puma Darts Young Guns Australia which feature a selection of the countries top youth darters including Tyson Hoefel, Jackson Wilson-Young, Jamie Rundle, Robbie King, Guy Holland, Tori Kewish, Brittany Fordham and Sarah Langley. We wish these youth players all the best at the upcoming events on the Darts Australia calendar.
We also wish you all the best for your upcoming events including the Australian Darts Championships in Canberra on July 28-Aug 3 so all the best for your preparation for this special event and its a great time to be fine tuning your dart set-up in advance and allowing Puma Darts and our vast selection of dart equipment to help you with this where possible.
Best regards from the team at Puma Darts!
ENTRIES are now being taken for the 2015 BDO World Trophy which will be held at Event City, Manchester between 26 February 2015 and 1 March 2015. Any player subject to eligibility criteria can enter the tournament and try to win a share of a minimum £50,000 prize fund live on Eurosport.
The qualifiers will take place on 7th October at the Hull Sports Arena, Hull with the doors opening at 2pm and toe the Oche at 6pm.
The entry deadline will be 5pm on Friday 6th October.
Players can enter through the BDO Events Web site
2 lady and 4 men qualifiers will earn the chance to play against the top ranked ladies and men of the BDO.
In addition to the 4 qualifiers, the field of players in the men’s tournament will be made up of the top 16 men on the BDO Invitational Table; the top seeded player from each of the eight World Regional Tables, Lakeside World Professional Darts Champion 2014, BDO World Trophy Winner 2014, Winmau World Masters Winner 2013 and 1 Wildcard.
For the ladies, 2 players will qualify from the play offs in Hull and they will be joined by the top 10 ladies on the BDO Invitational Table; Lakeside World Professional Champion 2014, BDO World Trophy Winner 2014, Winmau World Master Winner 2013 and 1 Wild Card.
Should any player, or tournament runner-up in these criteria, have pre-qualified, then the top non-qualified player from the BDO Invitation Tables will be invited.
For further information contact:
Linda Ware: 07766887307
P R E S S - R E L E A S E
BDO Events and Eurosport Sign Autumn Darts Series Agreement BDO Events, the commercial partner and exclusive sales agent of the BDO, is delighted to announce that Eurosport will broadcast five tournaments from four countries this Autumn. Eurosport has acquired the worldwide rights, including sub-licensing rights, and will broadcast the tournaments in its European and Asia-Pacific markets Eurosport’s relationship with BDO Events was first forged with the showing of all three days of the inaugural BDO Events’ BDO World Trophy in February 2014, which was held at the iconic Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.
van Diemens Classic Results
Final - Peter Machin defeated Michael Bajowski 6 - 0
Michael Bajowski defeated S.Bryant.
Peter Machin defeated Mitchell Clegg.
Final - Corrine Hammond defeated Melissa Sinnott 6 - 2
Corrine Hammond defeated Tori Kewish
Melissa Sinnott defeated Sandra Smith.
2014 australian Team announced at the 2014 Australian Championships Presentation night.
Men: James Bailey - Peter Machin - Eddy Sims - Mitchell Clegg
Reserve: Dan Chapman
Captain Manager: Rodney Bessell
Ladies: Corrine Hammond - Lorraine Burn
Reserve: Jordan Clarke
Alice Springs Masters Games on 11-18 October 2014 features 33 sports including Darts. The Alice Springs Masters Games was the first Games of its kind in Australia, with the inaugural event held in 1986. Held every 2 years, the Games offer athletes 25 years and older the chance to experience Australian sports in the red heartland. Age limit, Games and Sport fees vary for each Sport. For Darts, the age limit is 35 years, the Games fee is $70 and Darts fee is $35. Click here for more details on Darts at the Games:
Registrations are now open, and all Members are encouraged to register their teams and clubs today. Maximum entrants 25 teams. Competition includes: Blind Drawn Mystery Doubles, 301 Double In/Double Out Drawn Doubles, Drawn Doubles Men, Drawn Doubles Ladies, Teams Event, Singles Ladies and Singles Mens. The competitions are played on set days starting from Saturday 11 October and ending Saturday 18 October. You can view the Darts schedule here: http://www.alicespringsmastersgames.com.au/sports/darts/
In 2002 Tony David became the first Australian player to win a World Professional Darts Championship.
Tony David became the first Australian to win the Embassy World title with a 6-4 victory over Mervyn King and to this day Tony is our only Men's World Singles Champion [Embassy/Lakeside]
To reach the Final Tony beat England's Martin Adams
[ M Adams (Eng) 4-5 (2-4 on a tie-break) T David (Aus)] in a tie-break in the Semi-Final for a place in the Embassy World Darts final against Mervyn King.
In 1997 Graham Hunt became the first and still the only Australian to win the Men's Singles at Winmau.
Graham played Ronnie Baxter in the Final and won the event 3-2 finishing the match with a 33 per dart average.
Darts Australia is committed to the principles of Pure Performance in sport (Anti-Doping), Darts Australia condemns doping in sport at all levels.
Anti-doping programs seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport. The essence of sport at all levels in Australia upholds the principles of fairness, respect, responsibility and safety.
Darts Australia seeks to protect athlete's rights to participate and compete in a doping free sport and promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide.
Darts Australia also seeks to ensure harmonised, coordinated and effective anti-doping programs at all levels in regard to detection, deterrence and prevention of doping within sport.
Darts Australia's Anti-Doping policy (2009) is currently under review and new
Anti-Doping Section has been added to the Darts Australia website to provide information to all stakeholders.
Please be aware that ASDMAC (Australian Sports Medical Advisory Committee) is the only body that can grant approval to athletes who are ligitamitely utilising a prohibitive substance for therapeutic purposes.
Athletes should also be aware that Therapeutic Use Exemption forms (TUE'S) must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the commencement of a tournament or immediately before taking a prohibited substance.
Athletes should also be aware that is their sole responsibility to ensure that applications are submitted directly to ASDMAC.