In this darts blog: Dave Fay′s profile visit

I enjoy living in a very dry city in the driest state on the driest continent on the planet even with our current water restrictions but today, when I knew I had to walk to David Fay’s house to interview him for his Player Profile, it was anything but dry. It was raining constantly outside and the wind was shaking the house quite a bit too.

Oh well, I thought, “a change is as good as a holiday,” as they say! So I packed my gear in water-resistant bags, put on my raincoat and set off on my little adventure. I arrived at the address that my good buddy Gordon had supplied me with and knocked on the door. Wrong house!dave-fay-dp 250

I stood in the driveway (of the wrong house) soaking wet and rang Gordon on my mobile to find out where I went wrong. “Oh yeah,” says Gordon casually, “it’s not number 42.” “Didn’t I tell you?” “Its number 34!” So anyway, I arrived at number 34 looking like a drowned rat and was welcomed into the immaculate Fay residence by Dave’s wife Maureen.

Dave gave me the grand tour first showing me all of his animals, which I quite enjoyed because I am an animal lover myself, before settling down with a beer each in his very comfortable, open dining area.

I was immediately made to feel at home and I unpacked my gear ready to begin an interview with a dart player that I had looked up to from the very beginning of my darting life. Dave has a unique but very impressive throwing style which many have tried to imitate because it works so incredibly well for him.

We talked for several hours about Dave’s darting achievements, the history of darts in Whyalla, his battle with cancer and of many other darting matters of interest until the question arose; what weight are your darts?

Dave’s well worn darts started out at 20gms but weighed in at only 17gms at the time when he had them re-pointed. He told me how they were very smooth now and he needs to lick his fingers to try to get some grip happening while he’s throwing.

As it happened I had a recently purchased set of very grippy, 17gm darts in my camera/darts bag that I had with me and so I removed them and handed them over for his inspection.

Well now with all of this darts talk and a new set of darts to try out we entered Dave’s trophy room, that also served as a practice room, so he could give them a try. He liked the darts and so we had a game of 501, first to 8 legs, to really test them out and satisfy our ever-growing need to bang a few into the board.Darts-Trophy-Room-500x375

I was taught a lesson there in that room that was a shrine to Dave Fay’s success, as he annihilated me 8 − 1 and hit his first 180 with his new darts too! I was amazed at how there was never even a hint of pity for my dismal efforts and you could sense the competitiveness and his joy as he marked up every winning leg.

It was one of the most inspiring moments in my life and I felt the urge to try and imitate that style of his once again!

We moved back to the dining area and continued our discussion. Dave didn’t want me to mention his illness on the web site at first but we decided that it could inspire other prostate cancer sufferers and it was important for them to know that life can go on even when you are undergoing potentially crippling radiation therapy and have undergone surgery.

I was amazed to hear that Dave had had to travel to Adelaide, our closest capital city, to attend radiation treatment over a period of three weeks and actually played in the super-league darts competition about a week into the treatment. The folks at the treatment centre warned him that he wouldn’t be walking anywhere a few days into treatment but there was Dave playing South Australian super-league and enjoying it!

Thanks Dave for a very enjoyable, informative and inspiring day.

See Dave Fay′s Player Profile!

Footnote: I have decided to donate the prize-money that Mike Burgess won in our ′Best Darts Photo′ competition, that Mike instructed me to donate to charity, to The Prostate Cancer Foundation Of Australia and will add a few dollars more on top.

© Chris Elsby 31 March 2009 All Rights Reserved.

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