The 29 year old is currently ranked #29 in the world and represents his culture internationally with his distinctive uniform.
“My cousin had done a canvas painting and my wife liked it and one day we were chatting about using it as the design for my darts shirt. It’s something different which people all over the world seem to like. The characters of players is something that makes darts so unique, so it’s nice to have my own part of that.”
“My Indigenous heritage means everything to me.”
His father taught him to play darts when he was just six years old, which his early success is attributed to. Although for many years he still preferred AFL and softball.
“My Mum, Dad and brother played darts so it was always around me, and family used to come home and say they wanted to play myself and my brother. I didn’t like playing at first but one day I enjoyed it and started playing darts regularly at home.”
His brother, Beau Anderson, is also a professional darts player. In this video (below) of Kyle sinking a nine-darter (big deal in the darts world) you can see him shouting ‘You the man!’ to his brother Beau in the audience.
His work sees his travelling constantly. “It’s fantastic being recognised by my peers from home and abroad. With the way the game is now, I can also take my family to places we thought we couldn’t.”
Despite being a perk, he says the hardest part of his career is how travel keeps him away from family. “My wife and my son are back in Australia, and I’m here in the UK for roughly 10 months of the year. But I’ll be returning to Perth in August this year for the World Series.”
Even though it’s regarded as just a pastime for punters at pubs, he wants to see it recognised as a viable sport. “I’m hoping that darts can become mainstream back home. Anybody and everybody can play the game. It doesn’t matter about fitness, age, shape, size or race.”
“It’s important to show that Aboriginal people can do things out there that aren’t just football or rugby or basketball. Darts has a lot of Aboriginal players around, but it’s exposure and confidence we find hard.”
Kyle says that finding confidence is the key to success in any field. “If you lose, take the loss as part of the game, learn from it and use it for motivation.”