I got the bug for darts aged 11 after watching the now classic second round encounter between Phil Taylor v Dennis Priestley at the 2005 World Matchplay on television in the middle of the summer break from school – I was hooked. I took up the game and soon started playing in my local league. Ironically, in my first match, I was asked to referee, – the team thought I was so good I did many more games that evening.
I continued playing in local competitions and signed up for the Glamorgan County Youth side. At the end of my first season at a friendly match between the Youth and Seniors squads the regular referee didn’t turn up so I decided to step in to call a couple of matches – and ended up staying on the whole day! The Senior squad were so impressed I invited me to start refereeing for the County, refereeing for the top players in Glamorgan as well as the BDO circuit. In 2011, I was picked to play for the Wales Youth side at the Europe Cup Youth tournament in Aberdeen. I was part of the four-man team that reached the semi-finals, then two weeks later picked up my second cap at the inaugural British Internationals in Blackpool. With the decider between England and Wales going all the way, I found myself needing to win the match for my country, but was defeated by England’s Thomas Chant, my most disappointing defeat.
Little did I know however that it would soon spark the end of my playing time, as in September that year I was invited to referee at one of the biggest tournaments in the world, the Winmau World Masters in Hull, live on ESPN TV. MC Martin Fitzmaurice, told me he would ‘try me out’ on the two Youth finals on the main stage, and depending how I got on, maybe a couple of the Senior matches. I ended up refereeing all the way up to the second semi-final, making me the youngest referee in darts history aged 17, and one of the youngest Grade 1 referees in sporting history.
At the end of the Masters Martin asked me to make up the four-man team for the 2012 Lakeside World Championships, at just 18, and I have been a regular on the circuit ever since, taking charge of finals of the World Championships on BBC, ESPN and BT Sport, World Masters finals, as well as finals of all the biggest tournaments across the British Darts Organisation circuit.
More recently I am proud to be associated with Shownighs and Modus Darts exhibitions, refereeing some of the best exhibition nights to thousands across the country such as the Indig02 in London, the Lakeside Country Club in Surrey, and the Manchester Academy to name a few. More recently, I have moved behind the scenes into the production of darts, working as a ‘spotter’ for the 2015 Lakeside World Championships for IMG for the BBC and BT Sport. This involves prompting the Match Director, commentators and cameramen where the next dart will land in the dartboard.
I was really pleased to be asked to do this role for ‘Let’s Play Darts For Comic Relief 2015 & Sports Relief 2016’ which was televised on BBC Two, hosted by Gabby Logan.
I have worked with 247.tv productions, providing commentary for England Darts Organisation events over the last two years. These events have been streamed live on YouTube, proving to be very popular amongst the darting community. All of this has proved to be a massive stepping stone into a career in broadcasting, and combined with these experiences, I have graduated from Cardiff University where I was involved with Cardiff Student Media, presenting some big events, such as the live broadcast of the 2015 Varsity Rugby match between Cardiff and Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, interviewing the stars on the red carpet of the Welsh BAFTAS, such as Carwyn Jones, David Alexander, Tom Riley and Alex Jones. I have presented the Cardiff Students AGM, interviewing officers and students alike, as well as hosting my own hour-long sport radio programme. These led to me being crowned Best Presenter at the 2013 Cardiff Student Media Awards, as well coming fourth in the Best Male Presenter category at the 2015 National Student TV Awards out of 19 nominations. Going forward I am continuing with my extensive darts travelling, and have recently been working for BBC Radio Wales Sport as part of the BBC Kick Off Sports Reporters Trainee Scheme.
I am available for darts exhibitions and please feel free to contact me for further details.
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