By Phil Lanning
JAMES WADE says he’s like an “old sea fishing boat” but is ready to sail back to the top of the sport.
The Aldershot star won £100k and his tenth televised title by taking the Ladbrokes UK Open, beating Luke Humphries in the final.
But Wade, who has had stints in The Priory as a BiPolar sufferer, went all Eric Cantona-esque to explain why he is back on the crest of a wave.
He said: “If I was a footballer out there in recognition and not been looked after it would have been frowned upon.
“I’m midway in my career and I’m weathered, I’m like an old sea fishing boat, I’ve been out in many storms. No one has particularly helped me too much.
“I’ve never been backed by anyone who should have backed me.
“I was told to stay away from competitive sports, I was told to stay away from pressure and I’ve proved everyone wrong.
“I’ve done it seven or eight times since I was diagnosed. So if anyone tells you that you can’t do it, they are wrong.”
Wade beat ex-World Youth champ Humphries to take his third UK Open title. Ironically Humphries has also suffered from psychological issues.
Since his diagnosis, the PDC and PDPA have taken steps to increase support for players including linking up with Sporting Chance.
Now Wade, up to World No.4, has got his heart set on another major win at the World Matchplay in July.
He added: “I am what I am and I do what I do. I’m still lucky to be still playing and I look forward to continuing in proving people wrong and hopefully I can win a few more trophies.”
Images by Taylor Lanning.