‘I want to go a long way to changing lives’: Devon Petersen on national identity, being Africa’s only professional darts player and influencing a country’s future

The Fang dialect is spoken throughout Central Africa – it spans one million speakers spread across Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and the minute islands of Sao Tome and Principe. Its part in the burgeoning growth of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) could scarcely register on even the most microscopic scale

“You have to play with the hand you’re dealt with”: Jamie Caven on defeating both logic and adversity

Much of the populist appeal of darts – first, in its takeover of terrestrial television screens in the 1970s and 1980s, and then in its unprecedented revival and growth under Barry Hearn’s chairmanship – has been aligned to the sport’s accessibility and its promotion of the ordinary accomplishing the extraordinary. As

“I love the game and I’m in love with the game”: Deta Hedman on rewriting history, darts’ gender pay gap, working nights and an elusive world title

Deta Hedman is a trailblazer. Quite simply, it is what she has always done. She laughs as she recounts the details of an extraordinary sporting career that has found space for itself in amongst a life packed full of challenges. “You could say that I’m a freak,” she says. To afford

Pele, Marcelo and Tony O’Shea: Diogo Portela on flying the flag for Brazilian darts, worshiping Ronaldo and growing up with a Real Madrid legend

Diogo Portela is a trailblazer. Based in Barnes after growing up in Rio de Janeiro as an aspiring footballer, he became the first Brazilian to reach the PDC World Darts Championship when he took on Peter Wright at Alexandra Palace last December. He lost but impressed those who watched him

“I have to actually pinch myself”: Barry Hearn on changing lives, the BDO and the role of golf in darts’ meteoric rise

If boxing was Barry Hearn’s first love, and snooker was where he first made his name as a pioneering innovator, it is darts where his influence has been most evident in recent years. Since taking charge of the Professional Darts Corporation in 2001, a derided pub game has become a marketable