Justin Pipe: “I very nearly gave up playing darts after I lost my brother”
In a candid and honest exclusive interview, Justin Pipe has spoken to ESPN.co.uk about how he “nearly gave up playing darts” when he lost his brother Mark this summer. Speaking ahead of his the PDC World Championships next week, Pipe reveals how his family are his inspiration, why he took up darts and how he overcame paralysis in his throwing arm to become one of the world’s best players.
Talking about the loss of his brother this summer, whom he had grown up playing darts with, Pipe said:
“My brother absolutely loved it and was so behind me that it knocked me sideways.”
Pipe has bounced back from tragedy in the past – he was left paralysed in his throwing arm in 1993 – and in both cases it was his family who gave him the strength to play on:
“If it wasn’t for my family, I don’t know what I would have done. We all got together and they said ‘look, Mark would want you to go and play.”
Pipe was voted Player’s Player of the Year by his peers in 2012. After beating Raymond van Barneveld in 2013, he was ranked eighth in the world – a career best. He will compete in the PDC World Championships next Wednesday, playing Aaron Monk in the first round.
The PDC Championships start Friday with defending champion Phil Taylor in action, and ESPN.co.uk will provide coverage of the event throughout.
Read the full ESPN.co.uk interview and see the video at: http://es.pn/1cD6hZa