“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
I’m sure many of you will have already seen, due to the slight changes on James’ shirts. We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with WeWantAnyCar. The great news is that both James and Sammi will be brand ambassadors for WeWantAnyCar for 2017, and we hope long into the future. This news is an excellent way to start 2017 for Team Wade, and both James and Sammi would like to thank Nigel Fletcher, Managing Director of WeWantAnyCar for the opportunity to be brand ambassadors.
2017 looks set to be a fantastic year, and our partnership with WeWantAnyCar is exciting times for everyone. Across the year we have some very special things planned with Nigel and the team, we think all the Team Wade fans will love some of the opportunities coming in 2017. You will have the chance to meet and greet James and Sammi, along with the opportunities to watch James play in some of the biggest arenas in darts.
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James moved into the quarterfinals of the World Championships, as he beat Michael Smith by four sets to three. James came back from the edge of defeat, having trailed Smith 2-0 and 3-1 at Ally Pally. James showed why he has won seven PDC majors, showing true grit to get the better of Smith. James had missed two darts to make it 2-2 in sets, as Smith punished a rare mistake from the Machine. From that moment James went through the gears taking the next three sets with some fantastic darts.
Average – 94.01
100+ – 42
140+ – 23
High Chceckout – 121
Checkout Percentage – 41.18%
James will now Peter Wright in the Quarterfinal #TeamWade
James moved into the last 16 of the World Championships with a 4-1 win over Steve Beaton. The first three sets James was well over the 107 average, as the former Lakeside didn’t have any answers. Beaton won the fourth set 3-2 as the set went on throw. The final set of the match saw James wrapped up the match by three legs to one
“I’m very happy with the way I played this afternoon, my game is in a great place at the moment and can’t wait for the next match. Huge thank you to all the fans; the atmosphere was fantastic in here today.”
Average – 99.39
100+ – 31
140+ – 20
180s – 5
Highest Checkout – 104
Checkout percentage – 50%
James is back in action this afternoon against Michael Smith.
After an exciting week of Darts in Wolverhampton, the Grand Slam has come to an end. Again James has done us all proud by reaching the final; sadly it wasn’t to be, and James would finish runner-up to Michael van Gerwen. Over the week James played some fantastic darts, no more so than beating world champions Gary Anderson in the semifinals.
James 5-3 James Wilson
James 5-3 Jamie Hughes
James 3-5 Dave Chisnall
James 10- Benito van de Pas
James 16 – 5 Chris Dobey
James 16- 14 Gary Anderson
James 8-16 Michael van Gerwen
James will next be appearing at the Player Champions finals at Minehead this weekend.
James played in the Unibet European Championships at Hasselt at the weekend. James reached the semi-final before narrowly losing out to Michael van Gerwen. James was handed the toughest first round game, as he had to play world champion, Gary Anderson. James was in stunning form as he beat Anderson 6-0, this result gave James the springboard for the rest of the weekend. In the last sixteen James would play the German number one Max Hopp, the Machine never gave the youngster a chance as the world number 6 was too strong for the young German running out 10-3 winner.
The final day of the European Championship James was first on against a very much inform James Wilson. Our James found himself 4-2 behind before a five leg blitz saw him race into a 7-4 lead, which included ton plus finishes of 106 and a breathtaking 161. James would go on to win the match 10-7. In the semi-final, James would lose out to MvG, but taking seven legs off the world number one was the most anyone managed all weekend.
Following his run this weekend James is back up to world number 6 after he dropped down to world number 7. James will be back in action this weekend in Glasgow for the World Series Finals, where he will play either Benito van de Pass or Michael Smith.
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