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Scott Waites Reflects On Life After Winning Second World Title
38-year-old talks about the pressure of fame, fly fishing and appearing on top US chat show

During the day he spends his time repairing houses in some of West Yorkshire’s most deprived areas.

But at night you might catch a glimpse of him rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most glamorous celebrities.

Scott Waites, a 38-year-oldcarpenter from Fixby, Huddersfield, has seen his life turned upside down since his overweheming victory last month in the British Darts Organisation World Championship final at Lakeside.

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He thrashed unseeded Canadian Jeff Smith 7-1 to win the title for a second time – regaining the title he first won in 2013 and becoming the eighth player to win the crown more than once.

And just days ago, instead of combing Bradford’s curry houses for yet another knock out evening, he found himself on the other side of the Atlantic on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, drinking pints and explaining the finer points of Britain’s favourite pub game to a largely bemused audience.

The show is the successor to the David Letterman Show where guests included former US President Bill Clinton, American First Lady Michelle Obama and movie stars Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hanks.

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Scott was initially unbelieving at first, given that darts’ profile in the United States is about on a par with dominoes or shove half penny.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it at first. It’s a very prestigious show and I couldn’t work out why they would want to have me on.”

It wasn’t the only unexpected email that’s fallen into his inbox since his successful appearance at the Lakeside Complex, Frimley Green

Scott said: “Immediately after I won the world championship I had 100 text messages, 40 Whatsapp messages and dozens of emails.

“This US show email was one of those I received but it was from someone called Monica Hickey and given her name I thought it was from someone taking the mickey!

“But the woman who contacted me had been emailing several other organisations known to me so eventually I realised it was for real.

“I flew out on my own and I have to admit it was nerve-wracking but enjoyable and I’m glad I did it.”

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Other aspects of suddenly becoming famous have been less enjoyable. Scott said: “Often when I am out on a job for what used to be Pennine Housing I get people wanting to talk about when I am going to be appearing on TV again instead of talking about the job in hand.

“On one occasion, for example, I had barely got through the door when this man said: “180!

“But don’t get me wrong , it’s nice and I’m glad it happened.

“My girlfriend, Lucy Aston, gets fed up about the attention especially if we are out having a meal and someone starts interrupting us half way through.

“I don’t mind having a chat afterwards, when we have finished eating.”

As for the £100,000 prize money awarded for his victory he won’t be spending it anytime soon on flash cars and luxuries. Scott, who took up darts as a teenager, said: “I want to retire from my job when I’m 50 so the money I win from darts goes towards my pension.”

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Not that his form has been exactly championship-winning since his momentous victory. Steve said; “My form has been rubbish. I came joint 33rd in Holland since then out of 3,000 participants.

“Strangely, though, I never go into a game thinking I am going to lose.

[font='PT Sans', sans-serif]“And this year is going to be madly busy. Non-stop darts. Sorry, Lucy.”

Away from the darts board he enjoys fly fishing and later on in the year he is hoping to travel to Norway for a well-earned break. He recently hooked a 14lb salmon on the River Moy in Ireland.

He is sponsored by the Together Housing Group which gives him time off work when necessary to do such things as promote numeracy in schools.

But unlike some darts players who struggle to work out their finishes he always comes out on top. Double top.

Two-time BDO Darts World Champion Scott Waites got a heroes’ welcome in his home town.

Scott dropped in at Huddersfield Town Hall along with social housing champion Christine

Bennett to be honoured by the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Paul Kane.

And they also dropped in on the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival, being hosted at the Hall, and were given a rousing reception.

Scott, a Together Housing Group Repairs Inspector who lives in Fixby, and tenant champion Christine from Springwood, were both delighted to have Clr Kane and the Mayoress, Susan Bedford.

The Mrs Sunderland performers and guests took the opportunity to get pictures, autographs and hold the championship trophy.

Scott said he was happy to be back on home soil. He said: “I live in Huddersfield and I’ve always had great support from people in the local area so it’s nice to share my success with them.”

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Seems like a proper down to earth bloke.
Got his head screwed on aswell, not blowing all his winnings and putting it towards his pension
Fair play to the fella
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Wonder why he does not give up his job and do it full time though?
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(03-08-2016, 03:11 PM)Getagrip Wrote: Wonder why he does not give up his job and do it full time though?

Not enough money in the BDO. I don't see him a top 10 PDC pro either.
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That's true sadly, but if he switched I'm sure he would still make more money in the PDC.
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(03-08-2016, 03:29 PM)Getagrip Wrote: That's true sadly, but if he switched I'm sure he would still make more money in the PDC.


He's said he likes to have the time to relax and be with his family rather than slogging about the place. Which is fair enough. He could probably do a lot better than Bunting or Norris if he did switch but he'd also have to be on the road all the time like Bunting and Norris bemoan.
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he won the grand slam against the best of the PDC so im sure he could do well.

but you cannot argue with him when he says he would rather spend time with his family.
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Fair play to him. He really seems to have his life balanced pretty well.

Who can really blame him for not wanting to be on the road (guessing) 40 weeks a year? It's no different really to someone outside the sporting world having a highly paid job with lots of travel vs a lesser paid one where you're home everyday for tea with the family.

It would seem he has the game to be able to make it in the PDC but he would be unlikely to be in the top 8. Presumably he's worked it out and decided he's happy doing what he's doing. In the meantime he can ponder being a double Lakeside world champion.

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