Barry Jouannet

Biography

He has never shied away from a big challenge - on or off the oche ... He is winning his personal battle against cancer and continues to win on the dartboard Down Under.

Barry Jouannet is a remarkable man and he hopes to become a remarkable darts player.

He is playing the Aussie circuit most weekends and is battling away in the Australian Grand Prix series. Jouannet's number one target at the moment is to qualify to play at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship for a third time.

"It is a great honour to be involved with the biggest and best darts company in the world. I saw my doctors recently and I have been given the all-clear for now. It is a long process but my scans have been moved from three months to once a year, so it is all very promising," Barry said.

Affectionately known as 'China', he has already played in two World Championships at the Circus Tavern. The left-hander from Wollongong has twice won the prestigious Oceanic Masters, he was crowned Australian champion in 2005 and in just nine years has won more 50 darts titles.

Jouannet also became the first Australian to throw the perfect 9-dart leg in a Darts Federation of Australia event.

But it is all a far cry from the teenager, who wanted to play football but saw his career cut short by injury.

In just three years, he was playing for the New South Wales state team and was named Australian Rookie of the Year in 2001. His darts career just continued to flourish and the titles kept on coming.

In 2003, Jouannet really came of age. He hit that 9-darter at the Southern Highlands Classic and went on to beat Tony Fleet in the final. Then came that victory in the Oceanic Masters, which earned him that prized place at Purfleet ... but it was quite a culture shock for the young Aussie.

He explains: "I left Sydney in 32 degrees, stopped off in Bali, which was 36 degrees and I then had a major shock ... arriving in Britain, wearing just a tee-shirt to temperatures of minus six! I stayed with Jamie Harvey in Scotland to prepare for the World Championships and although I lost in the 1st Round, it was just an amazing experience. I had breakfast with Phil Taylor in London and also met the great Australian winger David Campese for a newpaper article."

Away from darts, the Aussie enjoys poker and put his mathematical skills to good use playing sudoku!

Jouannet has tasted the special Circus Tavern atmosphere twice and is determined to come back to Britain for the World Championship ... that's the message from Unicorn's 'Man Down Under'.

Lifelines

Nickname:China
Darte of birth:17th September 1979
Place of birth:Wollongong NSW Australia
Height:5ft 8ins
Hometown:Albion Park NSW Australia
Family:Married
Occupation before darts:Sales rep
Hobbies:Playing poker online, video games and reading
Sponsors:Unicorn Darts and Southern Cross Darts
Darts used:Unicorn 24gm Signature darts
Best darts moment so far:Playing in the PDC World Championships
Favourite double:D10
Favourite food:Chinese
Favourite drink:Creaming soda
Favourite holiday destination:Queensland (surfers paradise)
Favourite music:80s
Favourite movie:Paul
Favourite PDC Event:World Championships
Favourite TV programme:Ghost Hunters
Favourite football team:Liverpool
Sporting heroes:Cadel Evans, Muhammed Ali

Achievements

Gaels Club Open Winner:2010
Wagga Classic Winner:2009
West Leagues Winner:2006
Australian Championship Winner:2005
Australian National Winner:2005
Ocean Masters Winner:2004, 2005
World Championships, Last 48:2004, 2005