Trina Gulliver
MBE
Gulliver in 2018
Personal information
Full nameCatrina Elizabeth Gulliver
NicknameGolden Girl
Born (1969-11-30) 30 November 1969 (age 51)
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
Darts information
Playing darts since1983
Darts27g Winmau
LateralityRight-handed
Walk-on music"You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO1993–2020
WDF1993-
BDO majors – best performances
World Ch'shipWinner (10): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016
World MastersWinner (6): 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016
World Darts TrophyWinner (1): 2003
Finder MastersWinner (1): 2010
PDC premier events – best performances
Desert Classic(Women's) Winner (2): 2004, 2005
Other tournament wins
Autumn Classic 2002
Belgium Open 1999, 2001, 2012
British Matchplay 1997
British Open 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,
2004, 2008, 2010
British Women's Pentathlon 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,
2009, 2011, 2012
British Classic 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011
BDO International Open 2009
BDO Women's Grand Slam 2003
Denmark Open 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006
Devon Open 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Dutch Open 1999, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
Embassy Gold Cup Singles 2000, 2003
England Open 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002,
2003, 2008, 2010
English Nationals 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009
England Masters 2009
Finnish Open 1999, 2001, 2002
German Open 1997, 2003, 2005, 2009
Golden Harvest Cup 2002
Granite City Open 2011
Kent Open 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Hemeco Open 2010
Irish Masters 2000, 2001
Isle of Man Open 2004, 2006
I.D.P.A. Masters 2002, 2003
Jersey Open 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
Las Vegas Classic 2004, 2005
Northern Ireland Open 2005
Norway Open 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005
Pacific Masters 1997
Swedish Open 2000, 2002, 2012
Swiss Open 1997, 2006
Welsh Classic 2004
Welsh Open 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004,
2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
WDF Europe Cup Singles 2000, 2006
WDF Europe Cup Pairs 1998, 2004, 2006
WDF World Cup Singles 1999, 2003, 2011
WDF World Cup Pairs 1999, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2013
Other achievements
She has the highest 3-dart average in the Women's World Championship; 95.96 v Clare Bywaters in 2006.

Catrina Elizabeth Gulliver MBE (born 30 November 1969) is an English professional darts player. She is the 10-time Women's World Professional Darts Champion of the British Darts Organisation (BDO). Her nickname is Golden Girl and in 2003, she was named as the BBC Midlands Sports Personality of the Year.[1]

Early life

The daughter of publicans, Gulliver was born in Warneford Hospital in Leamington Spa, and was brought up in the small town of Southam in Warwickshire.

She trained as a carpenter and joiner, and later taught carpentry and joinery at Mid-Warwickshire College, Leamington Spa.

Darts career

From the introduction of the BDO Women's World Championship in 2001, Gulliver remained undefeated in the competition until her defeat in the 2008 Championship by Anastasia Dobromyslova. During this undefeated run Gulliver beat Francis Hoenselaar of the Netherlands to win the title on five occasions. Gulliver has the top 3 highest winning 3 dart averages in the Women's World Championship, all of which are higher than 90.[2] During the 2008 tournament Trina stated on many occasions that she was not happy with the prize money and the game length compared to the men's competition. In 2008 the women's champion only received £6,000, whereas the men's champion wins £95,000 and the male competition is first to 7 sets whereas the women's is first to 2. Despite this she didn't enter the inaugural (and thus so far only) PDC Women's World Championship in 2010, that offered higher prize money than the BDO version.

Gulliver was beaten in the 2009 World Championship Final by close friend Hoenselaar. In 2010 Gulliver defeated Hoenselaar, Deta Hedman and Rhian Edwards all 2-0 to become World Champion for the first time since 2007. In 2011 Gulliver defeated Wendy Weinstadtler, Irene Armstrong and Rhian Edwards all 2-0 to successfully defend the Women's World Championship.

Gulliver has been sponsored by the leading Global Darts Brand Winmau for over 10 Years, and in 2003 was named as the BBC Midlands Sports Personality of the Year.[1]

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to darts and to charitable fundraising.[3]

Personal life

Gulliver married Paul Gulliver in 1994, after nine years together, and they lived in Southam, but divorced in 2005 after eleven years of marriage.

After the break up of her marriage, Gulliver became a secret alcoholic and used to drink four bottles of wine a night. She has spoken about her alcoholism and stated that, "I was lucky to survive".[4]

Gulliver came out as gay after her divorce, although she kept it a secret from her family because she felt that she was going to "lose my sponsors, friends and whether my family would understand".[5] She then lived in Cheddar, Somerset until 2017 with her England ladies' darts colleague Sue Gulliver. They married in July 2010. As of March 2020, her website stated she is "In a relationship with Nicole".[6]

Gulliver's mother Muriel died on 5 January 2012, two days before the start of the BDO World Darts Championship. Trina still took part in the competition, at the request of her mother before she died.

Trina has recently joined the Sky Sports Darts team for the 2019 PDC World Championships.

Autobiography

2008 saw the publication of her autobiography, Golden Girl: The Autobiography of the Greatest Ever Ladies' Darts Player, which chronicles her ongoing rivalry with ladies' darts superstar and former Olympian Crissy Manley, wife of PDC player Peter Manley.

World Championship results

BDO

References

  1. ^ a b "BBC Midlands Sports Awards 2003". Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  2. ^ "High Averages". Darts Database. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  3. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 18.
  4. ^ "GULLIVER OPENS UP ON BATTLE WITH ALCOHOLISM: "I WAS LUCKY TO SURVIVE"". Darts News.
  5. ^ Cardy, Phil (1 May 2021). "Darts star Trina Gulliver was secret alcoholic downing four bottles of wine a night". Daily Mirror.
  6. ^ "Trina Gulliver MBE | Profile". www.trina-gulliver.com. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Gulliver homes in on sixth title". BBC. 13 January 2006.
  8. ^ "Gulliver clinches seventh title". BBC. 12 January 2007.

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