Darts Australia Representatives head off to UK to play in the BDO World Professional Championships at Lakeside being played from 5th January to 13th January.
With Australia having two representatives in the draw and unfortunately having drawn each other it will certainly be an interesting contest. Darts Australia wishes Justin and Mal all the best and also to Corinne who will also be playing.
Justin Thompson (pictured above)
Aged 49, Occupation – Tool Maker/Fitter and Turner
Ranked # 26 BDO
Ranked # 1 Australia
Represented Victoria 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2016, 2017, 2018
Represented Australia 2003, 2016, 2017, 2018
Darts: 23g Perfect Storm Target, currently working on the Thommohawk dart, hopefully out soon
I started darts at the railways in Bendigo a long time ago. The first hotel I played for was the Rose of Australia in division 5. We won the premiership and I received my first trophy, it was 3 inches tall, I saw the division one trophies, being 2 ½ feet and I wanted one! So that set me off on becoming a good dart player. Dedication and determination got me there 6 seasons later.
I nearly didn’t get to play in 1998. After going through the first 2 stages of the Victorian state playoffs and sitting in the top position, before the final round I crushed my arm in a workplace accident. I nearly lost it. For 6 months I learnt to play with my left hand. 6 months after that 1999, I returned to the Vic State playoffs and made the team in the last spot. I made the top 8 averages with a 27.8 and won rookie of the year. As they say the rest is history
Stan Phelps, Graham Hunt, Steve Duke, Wayne Weening, Andy Robertson, Tony David, Kelvin James, in no particular order have all played a part in my successes. I have had many highlights, successes, achievements throughout my career. If I had to pick one highlight it would be the incredible feeling of hitting the winning leg in the world cup final, knowing that meant we won the world cup for the first time in history. Being able to represent your country in your chosen sport is a privilege and I am very proud to have done so.
I need to thank my sponsors. Without them, I simply could not have afforded to play darts the way I have in order to be able to achieve my position in Australia and to have been able to have won my spot in Lakeside. Murray Downs Gold and Country Club, Bullseye Darts, Top Shot Darts, Swan Hill Optical and Darts Australia for the opportunity and positions to represent our country.
Integrity, respect and sportsmanship are critical in being able to have sponsors and supporters of our game. I pride myself on being this every time I play. These opportunities will not be available to us, unless we strive to play with honor.
I would like to thank all the players of Darts Australia, I appreciate the support, messages, facebook comments, the friendships I have made.
1999 First DA Championships – Rookie of the year
2000 Fairfield Classic Winner
2002 Victorian Mens Masters Winner
2003 World Cup Team Bronze
2013 Victorian Hall of Fame
2016 Vic State Singles winner
2016 Asia Pacific Cup singles winner
2016 Asia Pacific Cup doubles winner
2016 Asia Pacific Cup team winner
2016 Asia Pacific Cup winner
2016 Japan Open Semi Finalist
2017 Geelong Dart Club Winner
2017 North Albury Open Winner
2017 World Cup team event winner
2017 World Cup winner
2017 Australian Mens Singles Winner
2017 Van Diemans Classic Winner
2018 Lakeside International equal 9th
2018 Murray Bridge Classic Winner
2018 Sunshine State Winner
2018 Newcastle Classic Winner
2018 Great Lakes Winner
2018 Australian Mens Singles Winner
2018 Asia Pacific Cup winner
2018 Asia Pacific Cup Mens Doubles Winner
2018 Redlands Christmas Classic Winner
2019 Lakeside International Qualifier
Justin tells us that there are a few more but his memory isn’t that great. He’s won the Echuca open several times, the Central Highlands, Albury Open, Murray Bridge and quite a few doubles titles along the way.
I started playing club darts as a 15-year-old, so been playing on and off for 27 years. I started playing with my father Greg Cuming out of the Coronation hotel in Perth WA, Dad was a big influence on my darts being an A grade player himself, I had many good players that I looked up to like Fred Payne, Steve McCall, Brian Higgs, Peter Hinkley and many more too many to name, watching and listening to these guys helped form me into the player I am today.
I played in the association under 25s twice which was a great experience, played in a few grand finals, won some lost some, but it was all learning, I’ve played for a few different clubs in Perth meeting many great people and players one of my favourite player as he was always grounded and always offered support and help if he saw something wrong in my game, Archie Watkins was and still is a massive support.
I moved to Melbourne in 2010 and decided to see if I was good enough to make the Vic state team, I made the team in my first attempt in 2011 and have Represented Victoria 6 times now, to wear the navy blue with the big V is a big honour for me, to play alongside some of Victoria’s best players and learning from them is great.
My biggest honour is heading to Lakeside England for my first time with a great mate Justin Thompson. I definitely wouldn’t be playing as well as I am if it wasn’t for the support from the likes of Wayne Weening, Justin Thompson and many more but none more than Natasha Reynolds, Tash is the reason I play darts, she pushes, encourages and kicks my bum when needed. I would also like to thank all my sponsors:
Dart World Australia
Melton Dart club
Jo’s mobile dog wash
Pad Thai Melton