At just 24-years-old, Cardigan’s darts sensation, Jamie Lewis, heads into this year’s Ally Pally showpiece, the 2016 World Darts Championships, believing, and rightly so.
Now ranked number 31 on the PDC’s Order of Merit, Jamie, who joined the Professional Darts Corporation in 2011, is looking to build on a relatively successful past 18 months where he has not only moved up the rankings, but too much delight claimed his first nine-darter, albeit causing confusion afterwards.
“I’d never hit one before, not in practices and certainly not in matches,” explained Jamie of his nine-dart finish against Ian Moss.
“The feeling initially was an amazing one, and then things went weird for the rest of the game and needed to try and compose myself. I’m unsure what happened, it just did.”
Previously winner of the BDO’s Personality of the Year, becoming not only the first Welshman to win it but also the youngest, Lewis has continued a steady rise through World darts, joining the PDC in 2011 and gaining relative success in the recent Gibraltar Tournament (semi-finalist) and the previous years’ UK Open qualifiers and tournament.
Throughout this year Jamie has continued to utilise his strengths to push things to another level on which he said: “A lot of dedication and hours of preparation and constant travelling has gone into this so the main thing is getting your mind in the right frame because confidence plays a big factor in matches.
“I will admit to having had a poor start to the year and that certainly got me wired up, working more and to wise up as the months progressed. I initially set a goal to reach when it got to this point of the year and I need to stay in there now.”
Jamie begins in the First Round at this year’s championships and opens proceedings with a clash against the Northern Ireland 29-year-old, Daryl Gurney as the Precision Sports-managed player chases the dream.
Jamie added: “In facing Gurney on the opening night, we are both entering the tournament on a good run of form and that alone will make for a good game.
“I’m at a good point in my early career and it’s good to be where I’m at going into the Worlds so it’s just a case of taking each match as it comes as there’s definitely no easy draw at these tournaments. I just need to go there, do my best, and see what happens, that’s all any of us can do.
“If it wasn’t for Precision Sports though I wouldn’t be here in the PDC now having joined towards the end of 2011 because of them. I’ve also just recently signed a three-year extension which is great as there’s no pressure from them they just let me get on with things and do what I do best”
Alongside Precision Sports Management Jamie Lewis is sponsored by Red Dragon Darts, Castle Scaffolding and Sogefi Group as he heads into Thursday night’s opening match against Daryl Gurney, live on Sky Sports, the tournament running through to its January 3 crescendo.