DEAN WINSTANLEY proved he was pretty useful from the oche, and now he plans on becoming a handyman around the region.
The 29-year-old from Swinton came from nowhere to reach the BDO World Darts final last weekend.
In his debut appearance at Lakeside, he edged out more seasoned opposition, before falling at the final hurdle 7-5, to defending champion Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams.
The father of five admitted that it had been an unforgettable couple of weeks for him and that he’s already figured out what he wants to do with some of his £30,000 prize money.
“I’ve eventually come back down to earth,” he said “I’m starting to realise that I did a great thing, it’s finally sinking in after a few days and I’m still the same old Dean Winstanley.
“I’ve decided to put some of the money into starting up my own business. It’s only going to be general carpet cleaning and being a bit of a handyman, but it will allow me to be my own boss and give me more time to practice.” Winstanley was ranked No3 ahead of the tournament after he won three titles in 2010, but his magnificent run to the final was beyond his wildest dreams.
“I never expected to go past the first round. But in the games I seemed to find an extra gear and I was hitting the doubles.”
Despite leading at two stages in the final, Winstanley was eventually edged out by Adams, who claimed his third world title. Understandably, nerves affected Winstanley at times and he knows that getting rid of them could be the key to future success.
“Nerves definitely played a part. It’s a lonely place up there and sometimes my hand was shaking. But I’m ranked No1 in the world now and that feels fantastic.”
The omens looked to be in Winstanley’s favour in the final. The start of a new decade has always heralded a south Yorkshire champion, with Dennis Priestley winning the crown back in 1991 and John Walton winning in 2001, but a comment from the crowd affected his concentration and he let his lead slip
Regardless of his new found fame, the humble Winstanley will continue to play in the local pub leagues and knows that he’ll always have to be on his game.
“I had a brilliant time at Lakeside and I proved that I had every right to be there.
“I’m still going to be playing as regularly as I can and for Yorkshire and my pub teams.
“I’ve been the man to beat for a while now and I think the target on my back has got even bigger!”