Lorraine’s views on BDO Worlds, World Masters triumph, how she got into darts and more
We are delighted to be joined by reigning BDO World Masters champion Lorraine Winstanley, who shares her exclusive thoughts to Sam Barnard for Darts World ahead of her eighth successive Lakeside appearance, in Part 3 of our 2018 BDO World Championship profile/interview series.
Lorraine is in the form of her life currently, having recently won her first Major event at the 2017 World Masters, and is now ranked number 1 in the women’s BDO standings after a year that has included multiple other title triumphs.
But ahead of the Worlds, she has her sights firmly set on her ultimate goal in becoming world champion.
The closest she has come to lifting the trophy is the semi-finals in 2012, but is among the favourites to win at Lakeside in January.
Lorraine discusses with us all of the above and more, including how she first got into game and an update on her husband Dean’s potential darting comeback.
So, read on for our exclusive Lorraine Winstanley interview and profile, the third in our series, ahead of the 2018 BDO World Championship from January 6-14…
Lorraine Winstanley profile
Date of birth: 28/10/1975 (age 42)
Place of birth: Buxton
County represented: Yorkshire
Walk-on song: Happy by Pharrell Williams
Darts used: Lorraine Winstanley 24g
Sponsors: Harlequin Teamwear, A&S Bearings and Transmissions, Davis Permanent Cosmetics
Twitter handle: @lorraine180
Favourite double: 16
Favourite tournament: Scottish Open
Favourite country/city played in: Prague
Toughest player faced: Every player is tough
Sports/darts heroes growing up:
Best mates in darts: Trina Gulliver, Deta Hedman, Anastasia Dobromyslova
Favourite food: Chinese
Favourite films/TV shows: Eastenders, Real Steel
Favourite bands/musicians: Listen to anything apart from rap
Hobbies outside of darts: Shopping
Current/previous day job: Beauty therapist & hairdresser
Ultimate darting ambition: To become world champion
Lorraine Winstanley interview
Firstly, how excited are you ahead of the upcoming 2018 Worlds? And what makes the event special to you?
I’m really excited for the 2018 World Championship. There’s no stage like the Lakeside stage, it’s every player’s dream to play up there.
It’s the ultimate place to play.
You’ve reached at least the quarters in 5 of your 7 Lakeside appearances, do you believe you can win it this year or in future?
Of course I believe I can win the Worlds, every year I play I believe I can win it.
How does it feel to be the 2017 World Masters champion? Is it your proudest darting moment to date?
It’s amazing to be a Winmau world master, it’s one of my proudest darting achievements along with playing for my country.
You’ve had a brilliant year on the whole, are you playing better than ever? And what is your ultimate dream to achieve in the game?
2017 has been my best year to date, I’m playing the darts of my life so far.
My dream is to be world champion.
What do you credit your form down to?
I think the difference this year is the self belief.
I’ve always had the game, but you have to believe you can do it and it’s never over until that winning double goes in.
Is the standard of the women’s game better than ever? Is there anything you’d like to see improve or change to help the standard continue to rise?
The standard of the women’s game has soared over the last few years. We have all had to raise our game.
More prize money would obviously be a major improvement to the women’s side of the game, along with TV exposure, as along with that comes more sponsorship opportunities.
I understand there will never be equality in prize money as the numbers don’t add up – women’s events don’t have the same numbers as the men entering. You can’t pay out if you’re not taking it in.
I love the tournaments with longer formats. A lot start at best of 7 now, which is better than best of 5.
What are your thoughts on darts potentially being in the Olympics? Is that something that would interest you if it did eventually get into the Summer Games?
I’d love to see darts at the Olympic Games, but I can’t see it happening in the near future.
How did you first get into darts? And at what stage did you realise you were good enough to compete with the best in the game?
I started playing darts as I worked in a pub when I was 18 years old.
I loved the game but I couldn’t count very well. I could add up from working behind the bar but struggled with subtracting so they made me mark on practice nights using chalk.
I’m not the best counter by any means but I’m definitely better than I was.
I’m very competitive so I just loved to play, so I started in the league, played super league then county and I’ve been lucky enough to play for my country.
A quick word on your husband Dean, who’s hinted he could be set for a comeback. What’s the update on the situation and his shoulder? And do you believe he can get back to being a top player?
As regards to Dean’s comeback, all I’ll say is watch this space… as for his shoulder it’s not fully recovered but it’s on its way.
Of course Dean can get back to playing top level darts. Self belief is key and together we can make it possible.
And finally, are there any particular men or women’s World Championship finals you remember watching in the past that stood out most for you?
The most memorable Worlds final has to be Dean vs Martin Adams [in 2011].
That was our first World Championship and something I’ll never forget, a roller coaster week for emotions.
Many thanks to Lorraine for speaking to us this week, and best of luck at Lakeside! Join us next time for part 4 of our BDO Worlds interview series.