Craig Caldwell


DATE OF BIRTH January 1973

"To be a Shot player is an honour and something I am very proud of.   It is fantastic to be associated and recognised by such an innovative and successful company that continues to grow"...Craig Caldwell

"I like the grip and the feel of my darts.  I find it gives me greater control when throwing"...Craig Caldwell

How long playing darts:

Craig's Dad had a dartboard at home as he played socially, so it started there.   Once Craig was beating him regularly he went along to the local dart club (about 17 years old) where a friend of Craig's was playing with his parents. Craig enjoyed it and has evolved from there. Winner of 11 events on New Zealand circuit since 2011 but has been competing since 2007.  Craig plays with a signature barrel manufactured by Shot Darts. 

Career Achievements:


  • Hamilton Darts Masters Qualifier


  • Lakeside World Darts Championships
  • Clubs NZ North Island Mens Pairs Winner
  • Northland Open Singles Winner


  • Clubs NZ North Island Mixed Pairs Winner
  • Taranaki International Open Singles Winner
  • WDF/BDO Auckland Open Winner
  • Mad n Darts Whanganui Singles Winner
  • Mad on Darts Porirua Singles Winner
  • DPNZ Timaru Grand Prix Winner 


  • BDO World Trophy - last 32
  • WDF/BDO Levin open winner
  • Ces Purkis NZ darts personality of the year winner.
  • Lakeside World Championships 
  • 2016 North Island Masters - Mens Singles Winner
  • 2015 NZ Super League Winner
  • 2015 Ranked No 1 in Asia Pacific
  • 2015 Winner Auckland Open
  • 2015 Qualified for the Auckland Masters Last 16(lost to Phil Taylor)
  • 2015 CNZDA mens pairs WINNER (with Rob Szabo) defending title.
  • 2015 NZDC Canterbury open WINNER
  • 2015  Australian Grand masters(Canberra) Doubles WINNER
  • 2015 WDF Australian Grand Masters singles 3rd Equal
  • 2015 9 Darter
  • 2015 SKY City NZ Super league WINNER
  • 2015 Made NZ team (NZDC)(4th year in a row)
  • 2015 WDF  NZ Open - Runner up
  • 2015 DPNZ PDC William Hill NZ Playoff- Runner Up
  • 2015 WDF North Island masters -Runner up
Any other points of interest: 
  • Qualifying for Perth and Sydney Masters 2015
  • NZ National Under 23gm Singles Title in 1996
  • Craig won the inaugaral  National singles and pairs titles for the under 23's at my first and only  attempt.
  • Craig had a 12 year break from darts after winning the NZ junior singles.
  • Proudest  moment was when Craig's parents  were  present for the first time in a major tournament to watch and he won the NZ masters at his home club Kapi Mana, Porirua.
  • Craig has met and become good friends with a lot of good people through darts more so than any other sport I've played.
  • When playing  alone Craig generally focus on Doubles/Finishing, playing games like 27, and round the board on doubles. Another is outshots between  60-120. If  Craig is with others he will play 501 legs or a game of 170.
  • Favourite foods are seafood, Thai and Indian .   Craig is quite partial to a good crumbed schnitzel or a good steak!
  • Hobbies include fishing, diving, travelling, golf (not much now), most sports.+