Name: Pieter Verbeek
Date registered: July 27, 2014
My name is Pieter Verbeek and 20 years old. From an early age I've had a passion for two things: sports (darts!) and media/journalism. I got introduced to darts through watching it on TV. I can remember the first game I ever watched very well; Raymond van Barneveld managed to win the 2007 PDC World Darts Championship by beating Phil Taylor 7-6 in an amazing game. I have been following this great sport more intensively ever since. I try to watch as many games on 'RTL 7' (or on their stream) as I can, and try to follow all the live scores on the Pro Tour. In October 2013 I signed up as an editor at 'Dartfreakz', a Dutch darts news site. I did this to find out more about the journalism in darts. Despite my great interest in darts I had never seen a game in real life, neither professional nor recreational. Through Dave Allen (PDC Media Manager) I got the chance to go to the Dutch Darts Masters 2013 with a press card, a fantastic experience. I can remember walking through the players area, seeing my heroes from TV sitting at a table or throwing some darts in the practice area. I was walking next to players like Michael van Gerwen, Wes Newton, Kim Huybrechts, Simon Whitlock, Peter Wright, James Wade and Andy Hamilton, it really was a 'wow-moment' for me. I got to interview Michael van Gerwen and Kim Huybrechts at this Euro Tour-event (no video-interview yet). It really surprised me how open-hearted they were. Interviews with sportsmen who (perhaps) haven't had any media-training yet are obviously the most fun to do. The experience was great, I really wanted to do more of these things. Fortunately, the PDC made it possible for me to come back and visit the most recent edition of the Dutch Darts Masters, where I improved my work to video-interviews in both Dutch and English. After a short period at 'dartsnieuws.com', I've set up my own website on darts; www.dartsjournalist.com. The website not only writes news articles, but it's also a website which does interviews with the players and wants to be present at the TV-tournaments for coverage. Also, almost everything is done in both Dutch and English. This way, we can reach a greater public. Recently, I have visited the World Matchplay, European Championship, Grand Slam of Darts and the World Darts Championship with a press card, where we have interviewed Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis and other players. These interviews are available to watch on the website. I am planning on visiting at least three European Tour events, UK Open TV Finals and the World Matchplay before the summer break.
- Van Gerwen onaantastbaar in Jena — April 17, 2017
- Vijf Nederlandse troeven in actie op eerste dag German Darts Masters tijdens paasweekend — April 13, 2017
- Chisnall hoopt te schitteren in ‘thuiswedstrijd’ — April 13, 2017
- Wright wacht zware avond: ‘Elk punt is vitaal’ — April 12, 2017
- Gurney en Cullen pakken eerste hoofdprijs bij PDC — April 9, 2017