darts world champion Gary Anderson thanks supporters
darts star Gary Anderson says he is thrilled to have become world
champion and has this week thanked local people for their congratulatory
The darts supremo beat the 16-time world champion Phil Taylor
7-6 in a tense match in the final of the PDC World Championships
on Sunday night.
generally don't get too excited - I'm a calm person, but it's
a great feeling to have finally won the title that has eluded
me for so long," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
been a great year for me - and a busy, hectic start to this one
since Sunday!" Gary says he has been "overwhelmed"
by messages of support.
is now spending a few days relaxing at his Burnham home with his
partner Rachel before heading off to the next tournament.
also paid an emotional tribute to his late father and darts idol
Jocky Wilson, who gave him his love for the sport.
said: "I remember my dad cheering at the TV when Jocky won
the title against John Lowe in 1982. I was a schoolboy playing
around in the house, and seeing that passion in my dad and Jocky
got the sport into my blood."
the years, Ive always tried to emulate and achieve what
Jocky did. He was a great battler and did Scotland proud in a
sport we love. He won two world titles in a really tough era.
Hes a legend."
was really nice that I got a chance to meet Jockys family
just before this years World Championships. I was never
fortunate enough to meet him in person, so it was a great thrill
to meet his grandkids, the sons and his wife Malvina."
amazing how it all came around. It was incredible to think my
dad cheered on Jocky and that he once cheered for me."
always hoped that one day I could bring the world championship
back. Now Ive done it. It would be lovely to think they
were chucking a few darts and having a wee dram when I lifted
passed away in March 2012, aged 62, after a battle with lung disease
brought on by years of smoking.
father, Gordon, and Jocky, died two weeks apart, and remain Garys
heroes to this day.