I won’t lie, it hurt. It hurt not to qualify for the World Darts Championships, because I earnt the same amount of money as second place, but I was two legs behind and I kept fighting right until the end.
At the time, I was trying so hard all weekend and I kind of messed up on one single game. One game! Then I was driving myself crazy for ages, thinking to myself ‘it’s that one game, Fal’.
But since then, I’ve thought to myself regroup, come back stronger and you can do this. I had the whole four days and I ended up having to win the last one to even get a look-in, and it came down to two legs that the opponent in front of me had got. So, I can’t be too disheartened by that, it was just really unfortunate.
It’s gutting, it really is gutting, but I know I tried my best.
Overall, my averages were strong all weekend, I just messed up on a couple of games – one in specifically. I just have to take the positives from that, and I’m regrouping now and I’m more determined than ever to qualify for next year actually. Any other qualification opportunities I get, I’m just going to go for it and I know I’ll come back stronger than ever and maybe hit the double – because I missed two darts which could’ve changed the whole game!
My son wants to be involved in darts one day
I never imagined that I would be the person to do what I’ve done in darts when it comes to equality. I’ve always been seen as the underdog, so the fact that I’ve had the opportunity, and I’ve changed the game, is incredible and so unexpected. I feel so happy when I see that people are thinking that they can play darts now, whoever it is, women, younger people, anyone. Anyone can play darts, not just men, and I feel so privileged to have inspired so many people to do that.
It’s been a truly amazing experience to receive all the opportunities I have, all the messages I have, I could have only dreamt of this and I’m living it at the minute! My family are so proud of everything I’ve accomplished, and they’re supportive. When I’ve had to go away and travel and do everything I’m doing, they’ve looked after my little boy.
He always says to me: ‘Mum, you’re on telly!’ Every time I leave to go away he asks me if I’m off to play darts, and it’s at a point now where I am trying to practice at home, and I can’t because he wants to play! He always just wants to play darts himself and tells me he’s going to hit a bullseye. He loves it, loves that I play, and he’s really interested in getting involved in it.
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