I have just shared with you all a rollercoaster of a ride that was the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships 2019. It was my first World Championships heading up the BDO and I’d like to share my thoughts about the past two weeks and what I’m hoping the near future will bring.
In previous years, I have either played a small part with no real input into the running of the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships or simply been a spectator, so to have the responsibility of all aspects before, during and after the event was and is really quite a challenge and one that I hope I’ve risen to and taken to the next level.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the ups and downs of the entire tournament and feel that the positives far outweigh the negatives; I can assure you all that all negatives will be addressed, in particular the ladies prize monies and their current playing format.
I had a great a team behind me this year and that was evident immediately with social media going into overdrive from day one. I will not go into thanking everyone as there are far too many and someone is always left out! What I would like to say is that the smallest of cogs play just as big a part as the main wheel, without one, the other will surely fail.
I will say however, the biggest element in this years’ success was the production company, Input Media. The decision to use this company ultimately came down to me and it was a decision I made very nervously, but one I would make again in a heartbeat; the future collaboration between the BDO and Input Media is quite frankly a ‘no brainer’.
At this point I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who played their part in making our flagship event a runaway success, ‘thank guys’.
And so back to the job a hand; already I am in several meetings over the next 3 weeks as we need to finalise the future venue contracts for our upcoming televised events. Stay tuned folks because February is going to be one of the most important months of the year and the decisions we make will hopefully put us back into the commanding position we were in 20 years ago and should impress the most cynical of critics!!