Darts Firsts with… Kevin Painter

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2004 PDC World Championship finalist Kevin Painter talks us through his darts memories…

First darts memory?

It would have been winning a trip to Spain when I was 17-years-old. The team I was in won a four-man team event called the Greene King Fours, and it was the first proper darts event I’d played in.

First darts hero?

That was the legend Eric Bristow. I loved his cheeky arrogance on the oche, and I have to admit he’s still my darts hero today!

First set of darts?

My first proper set of darts were a Torpedo Barrel 24 gram tungsten set. I bought them from a local sport shop when I was 16-years-old for a fiver. I used them for about 10 years then I changed to a slimmer set to score heavier.

First darts team?

That would be a team called the Anchor Press SSC. We were all young lads that practiced every day and won the league every year in the Colchester area.

First game on TV?

That would have been an England International at the Lakeside back in around 1993 or 1994. I think I lost my first game on the Saturday, but I won on the Sunday.

First nine darter?

I can’t remember my first nine darter. I’ve had several and missed even more, but I’m still waiting on a televised one!

First professional tournament win?

That was the BDO England Open at Camber Sands in 1995. It was the first year that the tournament was being held and I beat Ronnie Baxter in the final to win it.

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