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History

       The World Darts Federation (WDF) was formed in 1976 by representatives of 15 Nations including Australia. Membership is open to the official National organizing body for Darts in all Nations. Incorporated in the USA, as a world-wide federation of darts bodies, the WDF encourages the promotion of the Sport of Darts among and between those bodies, in an effort to gain international recognition for Darts as a major Sport.

The WDF is a non-political, non racial and non-profit making organisation dedicated toward achieving and maintaining the highest possible standard of presentation and organisation, around the world. In keeping with this goal, the WDF organises the following international Cup Events.

World Cup (Odd# Years - open to all WDF Nations )

  • Americas Cup (even# years -open to WDF Nations in Americas)
  • Asia Pacific Cup (even#years -open to WDF Nations in Asia and the South Pacific)
  • Europe Cup (even #years -open to WDF Nations in Europe)

English is the official language of the WDF. The official currency is the US dollar. Currently, the WDF is comprised of more than 250,000 players, representing 60 nations across the six continents of Africa, Australia, Europe, North and South America.

The WDF holds bi-annual General Membership Meetings, in conjunction with the World Cup events. Bi -annual WDF Conferences are convened during alternate years, following the Winmau World Championships, in England.

The former Darts Federation of Australia's President, the late Peter McMenamin held the position of the WDF for over 20 years.

World Cup - Hosting

Darts Australia has hosted three World Cup Events & Youth Masters. 1985 Brisbane, 1997 and 2005 Perth.

The Darts world Cup and the Youth Masters are the most prestigious events on the International Darts Calendar and was contested by 40 nations. Champion men's, Women's  Teams & Boys & Girls contested singles, pairs and Teams events to decide the ultimate Winning Nation. Approximately 1,000 international and interstate competitors, support staff and officials attend these events.

Australian World Champions

1976      Kevin White / George Foster -World Pairs Champions

1991      Wayne Weening /Keith Sullivan -World Pairs Champions

1997      Graham Hunt- World Masters Champion

1999      Harrena Williamson/Beau Anderson -World Youth Teams Champions

2001      Venus Johnson -World Girls Youth Champion

2002      Tony David -World Professional Champion

2003       Kathleen Logue/Kyle Anderson -World Youth Teams Champions

2003      Kathleen Logue/Kyle Anderson -World Youth Pairs Champions

2009      Geoff Kime / Anthony Fleet - World Darts Pairs Champions

2013       Jamie Rundle WDF Junior Singles

2013      Jamie Rundle /Tiarna Smith Youth Teams Champions

2017   World Cup Champions Mens Team

Rod Bessell Captain-

Justin Thompson

Raymond Smith

Peter Machin

Andrew Townes.

Australian Darts Championship History

The Australian Dart Championships are Australia's most prestigious darting event. Since 1980 when the Australian Championships separated from the Australasian Championships.

The origins of the Australian Dart Championships go back to 1964 when Australia and New Zealand contested the Australasian Championships. In 1962 correspondence was received by the Darts Association of South Australia from the New South Wales Darts Association asking if we would be interested in sending a team to New South Wales in 1963 if they sent a team to Adelaide in 1962. While the correspondence was being exchanged another letter arrived from the Queensland Darts Association; re forming Australian Darts Council and requesting all interested parties to attend a meeting in Sydney. This Meeting was attended by South Australia and when New Zealand attended the meeting the Australasian Darts Council was formed which ran its first Championships at the Burwood RSL Club from march the 27th to 30th 1964. From then on the Championships have been played in a different State or dominion each year until the 16th Australasian Darts Championships , which was held between the 15th-20th October 1979 at the Hellenic Club. The Darts Federation of Australia then took over the running of the Australian Darts Championships as New Zealand had become a separate country in the World Cup matches, hence the change from Australasian to Australian Championships which have been conducted in different states and territories since then.

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS WINNERS

Men's Singles
1964 Ron Tucker QLD
1965 Matt Banovich W.A.
1966 Matt Banovich W.A.
1967 Barry Delbridge S.A.
1968 Matt Banovich W.A.
1969 Bill Smith A.C.T.
1970 Harry Jones S.A.
1971 Matt Banovich W.A.
1972 Jim Martin A.C.T.
1973 Bill Rose N.Z.
1974 Barry Atkinson S.A.
1975 John Kelly N.S.W.
1976 Tim Brown W.A.
1977 Tony Gardner N.S.W.
1978 John Burnett W.A.
1979 Tim Brown W.A.
1980 Bruce Mathews N.S.W.
1981 Terry O'Dea W.A.
1982 Harry Doyle QLD
1983 Kevin White N.S.W.
1984 Horrie Seden N.T.
1985 Kevin White N.S.W.
1986 Barry Wilkshire N.T.
1987 Terry O'Dea W.A.
1988 Russell Stewart A.C.T.
1989 Russell Stewart A.C.T.
1990 Keith Sullivan W.A.
1991 Keith Sullivan W.A.
1992 Keith Sullivan W.A.
1993 Russell Stewart VIC
1994 Russell Stewart A.C.T.
1995 Jeff Hutchinson VIC
1996 Graham Hunt W.A.
1997 Graham Hunt W.A.
1998 Wayne Weening VIC
1999 Dave Anderson QLD
2000 Wayne Weening VIC
2001 Andy Robertson VIC
2002 Geoff Kime QLD
2003 Kimbley Lewis W.A.
2004 Simon Whitlock QLD
2005 Barry Jouanet N.S.W.
2006 Ian Brown QLD
2007 Ian Brown QLD
2008 Simon Whitlock QLD
2009 Sean Reid N.S.W.
2010 Anthony Fleet A.C.T.
2011 Rob Modra S.A.
2012 Justin Miles W.A.
2013 Eddy Sims VIC
2014 Eddy Sims VIC
2015 Raymond Smith QLD
2016 Raymond Smith QLD
2017 Justin Thompsom VIC
2018 Justin Thompsom VIC
2019 Jeremy Fagg QLD

Ladies Singles

1972 Verdi Mahuri N.Z.
1973 Verdi Mahuri N.Z.
1974 Kym Files QLD
1975 Dawn Aitkin N.Z.
1976 Dawn Aitkin N.Z.
1977 Jill Udy N.Z.
1978 Dawn Aitkin N.Z.
1979 Lottie Chalcroft N.Z.
1980 Barbara Fletcher QLD
1981 Delys Gibson W.A.
1982 Val Armstrong W.A.
1983 Pat Roberts S.A.
1984 Julie Thomas S.A.
1985 Pat Roberts S.A.
1986 Lee-Anne Faulkner TAS
1987 Eileen Morton W.A.
1988 Gina Bennet VIC
1989 Lee-Anne Faulkner TAS
1990 Debbie Watson S.A.
1991 Louise Ball W.A.
1992 Michelle Kenny W.A.
1993 Chris Clarke VIC
1994 Jodie Hislop W.A.
1995 Pam Burr QLD
1996 Lillan Broadbent W.A.
1997 Dot McLeod W.A.
1998 Dot McLeod W.A.
1999 Natalie Carter W.A.
2000 Dot McLeod W.A.
2001 Kelly Barnes QLD
2002 Natalie Carter W.A.
2003 Natalie Carter W.A.
2004 Sandra Smith TAS
2005 Dot McLeod W.A.
2006 Carol Forward N.S.W.
2007 Corrine Hammond N.S.W.
2008 Julie Thomas S.A.
2009 Julie Thomas S.A.
2010 Lavinia Hogg N.S.W.
2011 Janine Cassar VIC
2012 Carol Forward VIC
2013 Natalie Carter W.A.
2014 Lee-Anne Faulkner TAS
2015 Lee-Anne Faulkner TAS
2016 Tereasa Morris TAS
2017 Tori Kewish VIC
2018 Tori Kewish VIC
2019 Tori Kewish VIC

Mens Doubles

1976 John Wilkie & Dale Frampton N.Z.
1977 Barry Atkinson & Barry Delbridge S.A.
1978 John Domanski & Hugh Barnsley N.S.W.
1979 Tony Garnder & Terry Roberts N.S.W.
1980 Terry O'Dea & Tim Brown W.A.
1981 Frank Palko & Bill Smith A.C.T.
1982 Henry Doyle & Garry Gonion QLD
1983 Terry O'Dea & Emil Derjaha W.A.
1984 Kevin White & Arthur Pinkowski N.S.W.
1985 Bryan Jenson & Alan Kingston QLD
1986 Terry O'Dea & John Burnett W.A.
1987 Brian Bingham & Wayne Weening VIC
1988 Russell Stewart & Frank Palko A.C.T.
1989 Brain Bingham & Wayne Weening VIC
1990 Ian Finlayson & Bruce Matthews N.S.W.
1991 Ian Finlayson & Bruce Matthews N.S.W.
1992 Russell Stewart & Brian Bingham VIC
1993 Wayne Weening & Frank Tarr VIC
1994 Daren Kirk & Steve McCarther QLD
1995 Graham Hunt & Kimberly Lewis W.A.
1996 Graham Hunt & Peter Hinkley W.A.
1997 Graham Hunt & Peter Hinkley W.A.
1998 Steve Duke & Wayne Weening VIC
1999 Greg Major & Tony Blackman QLD
2000 Tony David & Russell Homer QLD
2001 Tony David & John Matherson QLD
2002 Tony David & Geoff Kime QLD
2003 David Nogar Jnr & Simon Whitlock QLD
2004 Tony David & Graham Hunt W.A.
2005 Greg Major & Russell Homer QLD
2006 Tony David & Graham Hunt W.A.
2007 Ian Brown & Jeremy Fagg QLD
2008 Ian Brown & Simon Whitlock QLD
2009 Kyle Anderson & Beau Anderson W.A.
2010 Peter Machin & Craig Atze S.A.
2011 Adam Rowe & Beau Anderson W.A.
2012 Justin Miles & Damon Heta W.A.
2013 Clinton Bridge & Harley Kemp VIC
2014 Chippy Miller & Lindsay Haji Ali N.T.
2015 James Bailey & Raymond Smith QLD
2016 Raymond Smith & Andrew Towne QLD
2017 Peter Machin & Aaron Morrison S.A.
2018 Adam Rowe & Kimberly Lewis W.A.
2019 David Platt  & Adam Rowe WA

Ladies Doubles

1976 Mattie Wilkie & Angela Luscombe N.Z.
1977 Collen Wood & Val Armstrong W.A.
1978 Mattie Wilkie & Dawn Aitken N.Z.
1979 Lillan Bird & Mattie Wilkie N.Z.
1980 Cherry Bradshaw & Delys Gibson W.A.
1981 Nicki Shepard & Val Armstrong W.A.
1982 Nicki Shepard & Val Armstrong W.A.
1983 Elii Lewi & Lee Willis W.A.
1984 Brabara Fletcher & Caroline Sergant QLD
1985 Sheryl Rowan & Eileen Wilson N.T.
1986 Naomi Scott & Judy Sinka N.S.W.
1987 Lorraine Burke & Flo Collins N.S.W.
1988 Delys Gibson & Louise Ball W.A.
1989 Maree Stuart & Jenny Ransley Tas
1990 Louise Ball & Val Armstrong W.A.
1991 Louise Ball & Dot McLeod W.A.
1992 Louise Ball & Dot McLeod W.A.
1993 Carol Forward & Chris Clarke VIC
1994 Jodie Hislop & Dot McLeod W.A.
1995 Jodie Hislop & Dot McLeod W.A.
1996 Carol Forward & Megan Rodgers A.C.T.
1997 Kerry Slattery & Flo Collins N.S.W.
1998 Dot McLeod & Helen Chalson W.A.
1999 Dot McLeod & Helen Chalson W.A.
2000 Nacey Homer & Ann Lacey QLD
2001 Doloree Williamson & Kath Berecz W.A.
2002 Natalie Carter & Harrena Williamson W.A.
2003 Helen Johnson & Sandra Smith Tas
2004 Helen Johnson & Sandra Smith Tas
2005 Pam Burr & Cathy Shaw QLD
2006 Joanne Hadley & Janine Cassar VIC
2007 Corrine Hammond & Lynne Smith N.S.W.
2008 Janine Cassar & Sue Tuhi VIC
2009 Janine Cassar & Carol Forward VIC
2010 Corrine Hammond & Lavinia Hogg N.S.W.
2011 Janine Cassar & Carol Forward VIC
2012 Natalie Carter & Kim Kelly W.A.
2013 Natalie Carter & Kim Kelly W.A.
2014 Corrine Hammond & Teresa Hore N.S.W.
2015 Natalie Carter & Kim Kelly W.A.
2016 Janine Cassar & Tori Kewish VIC
2017 Janine Cassar & Tori Kewish VIC
2018 Chrissy Sherrin & Leonie Ward QLD
2019 Tori Kewish & Jo Hadley VIC

Mixed Doubles Winners

1981 Tim Brown & Val Armstrong W.A.
1982 Terry O'Dea & Delys Gibson W.A.
1983 Terry O'Dea & Delys Gibson W.A.
1984 Russell Stewart & Jannell McMenamin A.C.T.
1985 Craig Cartwright & Kerry Crowdey QLD
1986 Wayne Atkins & Jenny Munday TAS
1987 Gart Conion & Elii Levi QLD
1988 Frank Palko & Kate McLean A.C.T.
1989 Peter Phillips & Janice Girlder TAS
1990 Darren Kirk & Kerry Crowdey QLD
1991 Keith Sullivan & Louise Ball W.A.
1992 Keith Sullivan & Louise Ball W.A.
1993 Graham Hunt & Michelle Kenny W.A.
1994 Darren Webster & Carol Forward VIC
1995 Peter Hinkley & Louise Ball W.A.
1996 Graham Hunt & Dot McLeod W.A.
1997 Peter Hinkley & Helen Chalson W.A.
1998 Graham Hunt & Dot McLeod W.A.
1999 Tony David & Nacey Homer QLD
2000 Terry O'Dea & Ann Lacey QLD
2001 Tony David & Anita Tapau QLD
2002 Robbie Walker & Sandra Smith TAS
2003 Graham Hunt & Natalie Carter W.A.
2004 Tony David & Natalie Carter W.A.
2005 Simon Whitlock & Peta Whitlock QLD
2006 Ian Brown & Pam Burr QLD
2007 Ian Brown & Lauren Peters QLD
2008 Ian Brown & Lauren Peters QLD
2009 Neil Hembow & Kim Kelly W.A.
2010 Kyle Anderon & Louise Ball W.A.
2011 Kim Lewis & Kim Kelly W.A.
2012 Mitchell Clegg & Corrine Hammond N.S.W.
2013 Raymond Smith & Sharon Goltz QLD
2014 Peter Machin & Debbie Machin S.A.
2015 Mitchell Clegg & Corrine Hammond N.S.W.
2016 Justin Thompson & Tori Kewish VIC
2017 Justin Thompson & Tori Kewish VIC
2018 Justin Thompson & Tori Kewish VIC
2019 Justin Thompson & Tori Kewish VIC

Rookies Ladies

1985
1986
1987
1988 Maree Stuart TAS
1989 Kim Kelly W.A.
1990 Toni Mason S.A.
1991 Mechelle Kenny W.A.
1992 Gloria Bliss W.A.
1993 Joyce Mackie S.A.
1994 Megan Rodgers A.C.T.
1995 Colleen Noble W.A.
1996 Jenny O'Reilly VIC.
1997 Harrena Williamson W.A.
1998 Rebecca Heidke N.T.
1999 Barbara Douglas S.A.
2000 Delores Williamson W.A.
2001 Kelly Barnes QLD
2002 Sheryll Beasy VIC.
2003 Karen Mayes S.A.
2004 Brie Peters QLD
2005 Nette Buchanan S.A.
2006 Simone Devereux VIC.
2007 Margaret Coburn VIC.
2008 Kylee Henningsen QLD
2009 Jacinta Dann W.A.
2010 Lavinia Hogg N.S.W.
2011 Lorriane Burn QLD
2012  Asha Gurd S.A.
2013 Tori Kewish VIC
2014 Teresa Hore N.S.W.
2015 Martekkea Wilson W.A.
2016 Monica Ribeiro N.S.W.
2017 Melina Van Den Kieboom S.A.
2018 Leonie Ward QLD
2019 Amanda Loch SA

Rookies Men

Wayne Atkins TAS
Keith Sullivan W.A.
Darryl Curly W.A.
Tony Wilson QLD
Darren Kirk QLD
Ray Kingston QLD
Dave Methven TAS
Colin Heslewood W.A.
Kim Lewis W.A.
Tony David QLD
Laurie Colgrave N.T.
Dave Marshall QLD
Graham Parker N.S.W
Justin Thompson VIC
John Clarke N.S.W
Barry Jouannet N.S.W
John Weber QLD
Paul Ross N.S.W
Jo Comito W.A
James Bailey QLD
Ian Brown QLD
Jamie Cotton N.S.W
Quentin Hadfield VIC
Neil Hembrow W.A
Pat Orreal QLD
Adam Rowe W.A
Robbie King QLD
Angus Maitland VIC
Kyle Bowen W.A.
Conan Ugle W.A.
Ricky Jones QLD
Tyson Hoeful W.A.
Dave Keding QLD
Stuart Coburn VIC
Dave Charnock W.A.
Gerry Starr WA

Female Player of the Future

2015 Kate Gifford QLD
2016 Ursula Bennell W.A.
2017 Leanne Wilson N.S.W.
2018 Melina Van Den Kieboom S.A.
2019 Angela Clarke WA

              Male Player of the Future

Nathan Paice QLD
Brenton Lloyd W.A.
Tim Pussy W.A.
John Kitchen QLD
Stuart Coburn VIC

DFA Membership (now Darts Australia)

There are eight active members in the DFA, these are the States/Territories of Australia . The Members of the Active Members make up the playing members or ordinary members, the Representative members are those who are selected to represent DFA in International Events. Legends Australia is an affiliate membership of DFA. Darts Australia has several Life Members (listed in the Life Members List).

At this time Northern Territory (2016) come under the Charter held by Darts Australia.

Achievements

The Darts Federation of Australia Inc in 1999 was the first member country of the WDF to introduce a Doping Policy, this Policy was developed in conjunction with the Australian Sports Drug Agency and introduced Drug tests at the 2000 Australian Championships. The WDF adopted the Australian "Doping Policy" in 2002 and has introduced the Policy to the remainder of the WDF Members.

The Darts Federation of Australia Inc was the first WDF Member to introduce a "Coaching Program and manuals for Level o , Level 1, Level 2. Therefore our recognition by the Australian Sports Commission is a vital part of DFA. DFA presented the Coaching Program to the WDF and Member Countries at a Special workshop during the WDF World Cup in Perth . WDF members showed great interest in adopting the DFA program .

Each year (July/August)a State/ Territory hosts the Australian Darts Championships on behalf of DFA. Each State / Territory sends teams to compete. Australian Representative players are selected to represent DFA at the World Cup or Asia Pacific Cup (depending on the year )and players also travel to England to represent in the Winmau World Master each year.

The junior Darts Championships are also held each year in January. States send their teams to participate in this prestige event. The Australian Youth master is also played at this event .Two players one Boy and one Girl are selected to represent Australia and DFA at the World Youth Masters held in conjunction with the WDF World Cup.

The Name Darts Federation Of Australia was changed to align with Sports Organisations as recommended by Australian Sports Commission to enable better communication avenues.

Coaching Programs

Each State/ Territory runs a Coaching Program for their Members . Queensland and Western Australia have introduced Darts into Schools Programs which have been very successful. These program were developed to assist children learn basic numeracy , hand eye coordination and to play and enjoy a skilled sport . The Teachers are required to complete Level O coaching program and the State Coaching Director assists with the Program.

Hotshots Boards and Soft tip Darts are in use in schools.

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