Dimitri Van den Bergh

A World Youth Champion, a World Championship quarter-finalist, a big Darts star in the making, and one of the best walk-ons in the sport.

Meet Belgian Maestro Dimitri van den Bergh.

The PDC Young Player of the Year for 2017 and destined for big things in the darts world over the next two decades.

He came of age in the last quarter of 2017, making his mark and a call up to the darts’ prestigious World Series Tour is just reward for the talented youngster.

He is also on course to represent Belgium in the World Cup of Darts for the first time and Dimitri is targeting a place in the elite top 16 in the world. 

“I am living the dream,” Dimitri said. “This is only the start of the journey. I have worked very hard to get where I am, but there is much, much more to come. The relationship with Unicorn is one of the big reasons that I have made the progress that I have.”

A place in the top 16 in the world in the next two years is a big aim for Dimitri. He believes the sky is the limit and who are we to argue?!

He was crowned the PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion with a blistering victory over Josh Payne, having just missed out in 2016 when he lost in the semi-finals to eventual winner Corey Cadby.

Just before his World Youth success, Van den Bergh raced through to the quarter-finals of the World Series Finals in Glasgow as he completed impressive wins over Michael Smith and Raymond van Barneveld before losing to James Wade.

Then came a sensational run at the 2018 World Championship. If there were any doubts about his credentials to hit the big-time and compete at the very highest level for many years to come, Dimitri dispelled them at the Alexandra Palace.

He was too good for Stephen Bunting and Jan Dekker. Then came a fabulous display as the young Belgian thrashed Mensur Suljovic 4-0. He was then involved in one of the matches of the tournament in the quarter-finals.

Van den Bergh came from four sets to one down to make it four apiece against Rob Cross, producing some stunning darts, hitting nine 180s in three sets! In a nail-biting deciding set Dimitri took the opening leg to go ahead for the very first time. He then missed D16 for a 132 finish and in the end, missed doubles cost him a semi-final spot. He missed three darts at D16 and then in the next leg he blew four darts at D12 and D6 to allow Cross to squeeze through in a thriller.

Of course the rest is history as Cross went on to be crowned World Champion, but Van den Bergh had announced himself very loudly on the world stage. He was in the mix for the 2018 Premier League and PDC Chairman Barry Hearn revealed the Belgian ace would his get his big chance in the prestigious World Series.

“I know I have to put the work in but it’s about having fun too!” Dimitri said. “To win big titles, to represent my country at the World Cup, to keep improving and to be successful.”

He served his apprenticeship on the PDC Unicorn Development Tour where he impressively won nine tournaments.

Unicorn Managing Director Edward Lowy believes Dimitri is destined for the very top: “He is an outstanding young man who makes friends wherever he goes, before demolishing them on the oche! It was a real thrill to see him win the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship with a 100+ average and there is a lot more to come. We can’t wait for the next exciting darting chapter to unfold and we will be supporting him on the journey!”

His walk-ons are already the stuff of darting legend! ‘Dancing Dimitri’ wows the crowds as he hits the stage to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and that sums up the young man....happy and talented in his chosen sport.

Ultimately ‘The Dreammaker’ from Antwerp dreams of TV titles, being the No.1 in Belgium,  overtaking his darting hero Kim Huybrechts, and aiming for the very top.....hopefully dreams to reality for the young talent that is Dimitri van den Bergh 

Nickname: The Dreammaker
Date of birth: 8th July 1994
Place of birth: Merksem (Antwerp)
Height: 1m 72
Hometown: Merksem
Marital status: Single
Occupation before darts: Maintaining elevators
Hobbies: Movies, friends and family
Sponsors: Unicorn Darts, Sportsman Management Company
Darts Used: Unicorn
Nickname: The Dreammaker
Practice partners: Kim and Ronny Huybrechts
Favourite double on the dartboard: D16
Favourite food: Steak and chips with pepper sauce
Favourite drink: Ice tea
Favourite holiday destination: Spain
Favourite music: R'n'B, Hip Hop
Favourite movie: Fast and the Furious
Favopurite PDC events: European Tours
Favourite TV programmes: Home and Away, Big Bang Theory, Castle, The Simpsons
Favourite football team: Belgium
Sporting heroes: Kim and Ronny Huybrechts
BEST MAJOR RESULTS
   
PDC World Championship   Q/Final 2018
World Masters   Last 272   2013
Grand Slam Of Darts   Last 32 Group   2016
European Championship   Last 32   2017
Players Championship Finals   Last 32   2016
     
OTHER WINS    
British Teenage Open   Winner   2013
Hemeco Open Rosmalen   Winner   2016
PDC Challenge Tour England   Winner   2013
PDC Development Tour England   Winner   2014 (x3), 2015 (x2), 2016, 2017 (x3)
PDC Youth World Championship   Winner   2017