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Linda Duffy

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Former world number one Linda (Batten) Duffy was dominant in the Women's game throughout the late 70's and 80's.

Ranked World Number 1 from 1982 - 1987, Duffy played during a period where there were little or no infrastructure for women to play the sport and was instrumental in the early development of the Women's game. 

Duffy, alongside others including Maureen Flowers, petitioned successfully for the inclusion of women at the World and Europe Cups. Duffy made the 1985 team, and went on to win gold in the singles and pairs, with partner Sharon Kemp.

Duffy retired from international darts in 1987, but continued playing county darts until 1996, making 168 appearances for London.


Duffy still remains highly active with the sport. A professor of sports science and sports psychology, Duffy focused her PhD thesis on Gender Differences in Target Throwing and her postdoctoral research examined the psychological aspects of practice.

Under her management company, Epic Sports Management, Duffy currently manages PDC ProTour player Josh Payne.