THIRTY TWO HOURS AND COUNTING
By John Lowe, Dec 17 2014 11:38AM
Thirty two hours to the start of the biggest darts tournament ever held on the Planet, the William Hill PDC World Championships live on SKY Sports dedicated Darts Chanell from Ally Pally London. The prize fund is £1.25 Million and the first prize is £250,000, yes, darts has come a long way since that first World Championship in Nottigham when Leighton Rees beat yours truly and won £3,000 and my last time as World champion in 1993 when I picked up £21,000 for being victorious over Alan Warriner. Times change and darts has changed for the better, I still hear people say "I liked it better when characters played the game, people like Jocky Wilson, Big Cliff Lazarenko, it's not the same now" of course I disagree, those where the pioneering times, the start of professional darts, the start of darts as a profession, true to say it was an entertaining era but unfortunately people laughed at the likes of Jocky they did not laugh with him, and then it was the days of smoke and beer, Jolley's in Stoke would be full of people but also full of smoke, my eyes used to be red after a match from the smoke and my clothes would smell of it, even though I never smoked I didn't avoid it, it was the norm, the accepted and the beer was part of the dart players life, the quote at the time "you can take the darts out of the pub but you cannot take the beer out of darts" right at the time no doubt but change has been made and now the stage is clear and apart from the water jug dry. The rules of the sport have also changed, not the fundamental rules of the game, straight start double finish, bust rule to apply, the score counts only where the point is in the board, the player must stand behind the oche, all basic rules, common sense. The rules of conduct have changed, players can be charged with bringing the game into disrepute, many have and they have been fined, some monatary some suspended for up to a year, both costly when the sport is also your livelyhood, random drug testing is now common place and any would be player testing positive can expect a ban that would most probably end their career, all good rules that safeguard you against your opponent, one rule not written into the book is the act of sportsmanship, a hand shake to start the match and one when it is over, I guess that is left to the individual. Tomorrow night the first handshake will be between John Part and Unicorn World Youth Champion Keegan Brown, these two have the honour of launching the 2014/5 World Championships from then on who know's what will happen, there will be upsets, tears, tantrums, amazing drama, all in the name of sport, the Sid Wadell trophy and a little matter of a cheque for £250,000, I know what it is like to be up there in front of the cameras, lights, and the spectators, there is nowhere to hide nowhere to run, you have to be ready and trust your preparation is right and you also need a little luck, so good luck to all competitors and may the best player win.
John Lowe. three times champion of the world in three seperate decades, the 70's, the 80's and the 90's, the first player in the history of the sport to achieve the perfect game of 501 on Television, in 1984, winning £102,000, winner of over 1000 titles world wide, simply: The Legend of Darts.
About John Lowe
Mr Maximums: Cliff Thorburn the first player to do a 147 Snooker clearance on TV and myself the first person to do the 9 dart 501 on TV
John appeared on ITV's Amazing Greys in 2014 he had to hit as many targets as possible in 30 seconds, all the targets where different heights and lengths, if the competitor beat John he would win £10,000, John won by a margin of 9.
One of John's favourite charity's is The Variety Club of Great Britain who raise many thousands of pounds by organising golf days around the country, the aim is to buy Mini Coaches for Children, in the picture John is at St Piere Chepstow and the Coach in view is about to be present to a School in Birmingham.
John talks to Matthew Rankin Unicorns Player Liaison Manager about his current darts set up and how important it is to have balanced darts, click the button above to see the whole interview
Royal Palm is John's favourite resort in Tenerife situated in Los Cristianos, it has everything you could ask for to make your stay enjoyable, immaculate in every way, all English TV and Satelite channels, quite, secure, close to excellent restaurants and friendly Bars, for a full tour of Royal Palm click the photograph above. Make sure you inform the Manager Neil I sent you, it makes a difference.
Unicorns YouTube Channel and all the interviews with John, click the buttons to view.
John talks to Tungsten Tales and explains his practise routine before a match and why he does it his way.
More Unicorn YouTube inveriews to follow, to view recent interviews click the buttons above, to visit the Unicorn main page for all product news and product viewing click the Unicorn logo at the top of the page.
The next generation of players begins now.
Beware of imitations, this is the John Lowe
World Champion Darts in Tungsten Titanium
also available in Tungsten, note the 21 grm
model has 7 grove rings.
A quick fire 30 seconds of John Lowe
John talks about his sporting heros
John talks to Unicorn about his amazing career
The moment in history that changed the sport and
the life of John Lowe forever: 13/10/1984
The Dart designed by John Lowe developed and produced by Unicorn to win over 1000 titles world wide - copied and used by others to win countless major titles - this is where the Evolution started.
John was Unicorns first World champion
The Throw of a World Champion
John is credited by many professionals in the sport including
Phil Taylor to have the perfect throwing action, this video shows John's action from 1978 through 2008, the only thing that changes is the speed of throw and John decides that when knowing who his opponent will be, for full detail record on your mobile and slow down to see all movements.