Darts is not everyone’s idea of top class athleticism but it combines many elements of a truly demanding competitive sport – consistent technical skill, fine margins of success/failure, mental toughness (and therefore physical strain), tests of confidence and all in a very public arena.
This interview of 3.33 mins with Phil “the Power” Taylor gives a little insight into how he’s managed to be so successful. He’s understated and grounded, rather like the now more famous Bradley Wiggins, and just like Wiggins not in the Muhammed Ali mould, but is still resolutely focused in his own way.
Listen to how he values and uses the support of those around him, how he loves the mental challenge of testing himself, his motivation, and how he knows he needs to be prepared. He’s a great role model in many ways.