Jamie was born in Leicester on March 10th 1976, and although he was blinded in his right eye by a bee sting at just a few months old, his interest in Darts began at a very young age. Jamie’s heroes in the early 80s were the likes of Eric Bristow, John Lowe and Jocky Wilson and this developed into his teens, where he played his first league match for Eyres Monsell Club and Institute in Leicester aged just 13. At 15 years old and after some fine displays in his debut Superleague season, Jamie was selected to represent Leicestershire men’s county B team for the first time, and within two years he became an A team regular. After a debut win in the A team, his second appearance produced the finest performance by a Leicestershire player at that time – a 37.58 dart average (112.74) in a 3-0 win in darts of 14,12,12… and this included darts at missed doubles. A few months later Jamie was crowned World Youth Champion at Earls Court in London, December 1993.
Over the next couple of years Jamie’s success continued in local opens and leagues and his rise seemed to be on the climb, however, a series of blackouts at the age of 20, resulted in a hospital visit and an 8 week admission after the discovery of some pancreatic tumours. After a full pancreatectomy Jamie was left with a scar in the shape of an arc from one side to the other and diabetes. His nickname ‘Jabba’ followed due to the fact he has to jab himself 4 times daily with insulin.
After around 3 years away from competitive darts, Jamie returned to action on the County, Superleague & local open circuit in 2001. Jamie moved up 3 divisions of Superleague & County as switched to Cambridgeshire. Although he only stayed with the Premier Division Champions for a couple of seasons he changed back to Leicestershire due to travel being an issue. Jamie’s County darts career ended in 2003 but he still reflects to this being a positive progression of his career to date.
Jamie also met his wife Debbie for the first time in 2003 at a darts tournament ran by his employers nationally although they didn’t get together until a few years later, this was one of the perks of working for the Inland Revenue & Debbie still works for HMRC today.
In November 2006 Jamie entered a tournament at his local club for the chance to play the greatest player of all time, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. Jamie won through the rounds of the event to qualify for the final 8 of the event and all the finalists played The Power on the night. Jaime won the event without losing a leg which included a win over the multiple World Champion. Soon to follow was a sponsorship offer from Peter Clare of Mr. Tax Ltd, who offered to pay towards Jamie’s entry fees to compete in the Professional Darts Corporation after Taylor’s recommendation that he should join the PDC. With around 15 professional events played in the 2007 PDC circuit, Jamie entered the World Championship PDPA qualifiers & won through to be one of the eight qualifiers. His televised debut at Alexandra Palace saw Jamie defeat Wes Newton in straight sets, and although he lost to Wayne Mardle in Round 2, he had made a big impression.
Ever since joining the PDC Jamie has gone on to play in over 50 major televised events and won 7 ranking titles including back to back pro tour events on the same weekend which has only been achieved by around 10 fellow professionals in the PDCs history. In 2013, Jamie released his book ‘The Way Eye See The Game’, which is more of an inspirational account of his adversity and still achieving what he has in his career up until that point of the books release (April 2013) Jamie is sponsored by Unicorn, the leading Darts manufacturer, and has been since June 2009 which followed after a run to the UK Open quarter finals.
In early 2014, Jamie launched the Jamie Caven Darts Academy, which is based at Cueball in Derby. The JCDA is under the umbrella of the Junior Darts Corporation, which is structured into the PDC which helps produce the future of the sport. The academy runs on Mondays and Wednesdays each week and boasts 40 plus students. The academy is also sponsored by Unicorn.
Jamie has competed in darts exhibitions worldwide. He has visited Australia 3 times, New Zealand twice, and other countries including Dubai and Qatar. Germany, Ireland and Scotland are popular destinations too, obviously along with England and Wales. Denmark has also been host to a Jabba exhibition weekend.
Jamie is self-managed, with his immediate family making up “Team Jabba”. Get in touch here.