Some of you may know me from the now gone Starsofdarts.com forum (UniTool), or some from Twitter (@ivegotthepower) and most of you will have no idea, and I’m guessing all of you are wondering “What is her name?” – yes I know, what a silly name! For those of you struggling, it’s pronounced “Row-sheen” like row your boat (my favourite) and Mr. Sheen – Róisín! Easy! It’s Irish, as am I – give me a break!
So, that’s my name sorted, now for the “What does she do?” question. I work for Unicorn Darts in the Kent office and have been for just over 2 years now. My business cards don’t have a title on them, just my name, mostly because I tend to dip in all aspects of the business. The most exciting part is looking after Darts players that Unicorn sponsor.
When I say look after, what I mean is ensure all players (37 players worldwide – and counting) have the right equipment when they need it. When I say equipment, I mean barrels, points, stems, flights, wallets, shirts, you name it.
If you see your favourite Unicorn darts player play darts, you’ll see them use a barrel that has their name and Unicorn inscribed somewhere on the barrel, they’ll be using Unicorn stems and either a Unicorn flight with their signature or another flight from the Unicorn range. There is a process to get each player to this stage and it all goes through me. As well as any changes you may see on your favourite players darts set-up – and changes happen quite often. If one of our players would like to change something, well he/she calls me up, asks for an extra groove in their barrel, or gold titanium version of their tungsten barrel, or whatever it may be, and I arrange for it to be done. And just to be clear, the Unicorn darts players tell me what they want, and we get it made for them, we do not make our players use a certain piece of equipment, as long as it’s Unicorn, they can use what they like.
With this job, comes the opportunity to see the players doing their job, playing darts! That’s the exciting bit! From floor tournaments in Wigan to the O2 arena in London, I have a golden ticket – which means I get to go back stage, see the darts players prepare themselves for what could be the match of their career! I get to see first hand the excitement, the anxiety, the tension, the laughing and joking, the preparation that goes on before the players get in position for their walk-ons.
It’s extraordinary to see such normal guys backstage to superstars on the oche. I want to share with you my experiences with some of the greatest sports personalities – and some of the future legends of the sport.
So, here at Róisín’s Unichat you can look forward to some chat from behind the scenes of a professional darts player, from equipment to mood swings to wins and losses and everything in between, including some exclusive pictures, videos and even the odd competition too! Feel free to comment and let me know if there’s anything you’d like to know, or for me to find out about your favourite Unicorn Darts Player. And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@ivegotthepower)