1 Dec, 2017
Players
Ray, play the board not the player. Bob Anderson

We interviewed 5 Times World Champion and Dutch legend Raymond Van Barneveld to give you guys more of an insight into one of the biggest players on the world stage:

How many years have you been playing Darts? I've been playing since 1984 so it's been around 33 years

When did you first discover you were any good? In 1984 I won a big major tournament in The Netherlands - The Rotterdam Open and later that year I was playing for Holland at the 3 Nations Cup.

What is your biggest accomplishment so far? 5 World titles and 3 World Cup singles titles, so to me I won 8 World titles in my career, which I would say is an accomplishment.

If you could give any advice in the key to your success - what would it be? You have to dream where you wanna go from here, I had many dreams where I was seeing myself lifting trophies. Secondly, I would say that you need to do all you can do to achieve that dream - so practice, be fit and play as much as you can.

What would be your ultimate achievement in the future? Winning a 6th World title would be great!

How do you prepare pre game? 3 hours before the match I practise on the day just to warm up, I listen to some music, read a magazine and do some meditation.

What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge? I sponsor a team of young talented darts players, but I struggle to find time so I'm hoping to find time to coach them in the future.

Who would be your inspiration within the industry or in sports? Johan Cruyff and in Darts I was always a big fan of Eric Bristow and Bob Anderson.

What was the best advice you were ever given? Bob Anderson told me when we are sharing a room during World championships in Lakeside 'Ray play the board not the player'.

If you weren't a professional darts player, what would you want to do? POSTMAN HAHA

Quick fire random questions:

What is your favourite animal? Cat

What would be your favourite food? Japanese Sushi and teppanyaki food

What is your favourite movie? The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

What's your favourite song that ISN'T your walk in song? I Wish it would rain down - Phil Collins

How would you describe yourself in one word? IAmABornWinner

What was the last gift you gave someone? A car

What were you like in high school? Very shy

What's the last thing you watched on TV? Series all the time Sons of Anarchy is the best

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? My 50th Birthday party and my Grandson Mason he always makes me happy

What advice would you give your younger Self? Be patient if you work hard your time will come

Raymond Van Barmeveld
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