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Viking pumps iron to thwart chocolate binge

PUBLISHED: 10:55 29 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 25 August 2010

Former darts champion Andy Fordham is back in training as he bids to compete in the upcoming season after piling on the pounds following a bout of depression

Former darts champion Andy Fordham is back in training as he bids to compete in the upcoming season after piling on the pounds following a bout of depression

Known by his fans as 'The Viking', the Charlton-born sportsman told the Times his health suffered when he was diagnosed with the condition six months ago.

The former British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Champion hit the headlines when he collapsed on stage in 2004 in Lakeside, Essex, due to ill health.

His weight peaked the following year at 31 stone and in 2008 he applied for a liver transplant.

Mr Fordham quit managing the Cutty Sark pub in Thamesmead last December to concentrate on his darts' fight back and is now confident he can rekindle his form by pumping iron at the gym.

The 48-year-old said: "I'm getting there slowly but is has taken me a lot longer than I thought it would. I have been eating a bit too much ice-cream and chocolate over the last six months, because I was a bit depressed and I couldn't turn to alcohol.

"I'm on antidepressants now and I'm determined to get fit again."

The recovered alcoholic has been booze-free since 2007 and recently transferred to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) in a bid to re-discover his form and boost his winnings.

He is due to take part in a tournament in Holland next month.

Mr Fordham added: "It's much more difficult now, because in the BDO there are a lot more players, not all of a brilliant quality, so it was kind of easier to do well then.

"But the PDC is a different kettle of fish. It's much harder, but that's good though, because it's more challenging."

The fans' favourite is attending the David Lloyd Leisure club in Kidbrooke Park Road, Kidbrooke, to work on a weight loss and fitness programme to further improve his wellbeing.

He said: "I'm delighted David Lloyd Leisure has invited me Kidbrooke to get me in shape. I've been really impressed with all the staff there, particularly my personal trainer Tania White and the equipment is out of this world. I'm really enjoying training - it's satisfying seeing results.


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