“Most people know me as James Wade who throws darts for a living, but…”
In 2011 James was diagnosed with Bipolar, at the time, he was in his late twenties. James feels sure that had he been diagnosed when he was younger or got the help and support he needed, much of his life experiences would have been very different.
In the UK, it takes an average of ten and a half years to reach a correct diagnosis of bipolar and James’ experience will be familiar to many people.
Since being diagnosed, James has been actively involved in Bipolar UK and in 2015 became a patron of the charity. In the Summer of 2017, James became one of the faces of Bipolar UK’s ’I am’ campaign, giving further support and raising awareness of this important cause and one which is very close to his heart.
Today, (Tuesday 3rd October 2017) is Bipolar Awareness Day in the UK – to show your support, or for further information, please visit www.bipolaruk.org
James Wade, two-time World Grand Prix winner, will play his first game in day two of the first round of this year’s Unibet World Grand Prix on Monday 2nd October.
In the first round, James will meet Steve West at the oche and the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The Unibet World Grand Prix, the 32-player tournament, is unique for the double-start format where all legs have to begin and end with a double.
The second round will be split across Tuesday and Wednesday, with the quarter-finals on Thursday and semi-finals on Friday.
The final will be played on Saturday 7th October.
For the full schedule, click here to visit the PDC website https://www.pdc.tv/news/2017/09/18/2017-unibet-world-grand-prix-schedule
James Wade, 6th in the World Series Rankings Order and two-time World Series Finalist, has been confirmed in the line-up for the 2017 German Darts Masters being held at the Castello Arena in Dusseldorf on October 20-21.
The 16-player tournament, which will be televised live on SAT.1 and ProSieben Maxx has visited Germany.
The German Darts Masters will begin on Friday October 20 (8pm local time) with the eight first round matches. Quarter-finals will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 21st October with semi-finals and final taking place on Saturday night.
2017 German Darts Masters
PDC Representatives (in World Series Rankings Order)
1 Gary Anderson (Scotland)
2 Michael van Gerwen (Netherlands)
3 Phil Taylor (England)
4 Peter Wright (Scotland)
5 Raymond van Barneveld (Netherlands)
6 James Wade (England)
7 Daryl Gurney (Northern Ireland)
8 Kyle Anderson (Australia)
James Wade, the third most successful player in the history of the PDC, has made it a double reaching a semi-final for the second time this month in the Darts Masters currently taking place in Australia.
James secured his place in this weekend’s semi-final of the Perth Darts Masters with an average of 101.05 and five 180’s during the game which concluded with his 10-5 win over Michael Smith.
“It’s always hard playing a friend and Michael is certainly a friend. I have my critics and I know I bite sometimes when I shouldn’t but it is nice to answer them every now and again,” said James.
“I know how good I am and I know what I do wrong at times. There’s only a handful of players who have won what I’ve won but there are players more dedicated than others these days. If I was the most dedicated player, would I be the best in the World? Possibly.”
James will play Gary Anderson in the semi-finals in Perth following Gary’s 10-5 win over Simon Whitlock.
James Wade has reached the semi-finals of the Auckland Darts masters after defeating Daryl Gurney 10-7.
“That was a bit of the old James Wade magic, important checkouts and some solid scoring,” said James.
“Daryl’s disappointed with how he played there but he’s got a massive future and has loads of chances to win tournaments in the future.”
James will play Kyle Anderson in the semi-final on Sunday 13th August – the final day at the Auckland Darts Masters after Kyle beat Simon Whitlock 10-9