PDC: World number one Michael van Gerwen scooped awards treble
Last Updated: 21/01/14 1:20pm
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Michael van Gerwen scooped an awards treble as he was named as the Professional Darts Corporation's player of the year at The Dorchester on Monday evening, while Peter Wright claimed two awards and Michael Smith was named as the Young Player of the Year.
New world champion van Gerwen capped a year which also included victory in the Premier League Darts, Players Championship Finals and Dubai Darts Masters as he rose to number one in the PDC Order of Merit on New Year's Day.
And following his remarkable success during 2013, he was alsonamed as the ProTour Player of the Year and PDC Fans' Player of the Year before edging out Phil Taylor - who picked up six major titles last year - to win the prestigious PDC player of the year title.
European champion Adrian Lewis, who also reached the finals of the World Matchplay and The Masters during 2013, and World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall, who rose up to fifth in the PDC Order of Merit, were also nominated for the award.
"It's been an amazing year for me and I'd like to thank everyone who has made this happen, because this is a fantastic moment for me to be named as Player of the Year," said van Gerwen.
"I've worked so hard for this and to be world champion and number one in the world is amazing. I know what it's like to be ranked number 35 in the world and I've put a lot of work in to get to where I am now.
"I want to stay here but I know it will be very difficult this year."
World Championship finalist Wright's rise from 26th in the PDC Order of Merit to seventh during 2013 - which saw him win one Players Championship and reach three other ProTour finals as well as the UK Open semi-finals - was recognised with two awards.
He was named as the PDC's Most Improved Player in a new category, before also being voted by his peers as the PDPA Players' Player of the Year, edging out van Gerwen for that honour.
"I'm a bit lost for words to win two awards," admitted Wright. "I'd said at the start of last year that I wanted to follow the example of Michael van Gerwen in moving up the rankings, and I've done that in some way by getting to seventh.
"I want to move higher now and my next target is to get to number one in the world - but I'll enjoy these awards for now!"
Reigning world youth champion Michael Smith, who has risen into the world's top 32 in the last year and knocked out reigning champion Phil Taylor in the world championship last month, was named as the PDC's Young Player of the Year.
"This is a great award and it means a lot to win it," said Smith. "Winning the world youth championship helped my confidence a lot and I'm happy with how I'm progressing so far.
Former Sky Sports commentator John Gwynne, who retired after the World Matchplay last summer, was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame, where he joins his former colleagues Dave Lanning and the late Sid Waddell.
Gwynne received the honour in recognition of his services to the sport as a broadcaster and journalist as well as his work on the Darts Regulation Authority panel and for his support of the sport throughout three decades.
Watch the PDC Awards Dinner on Sky Sports HD1 at 18.00 on Friday