On Sunday night, seven years after finishing his professional rugby career, Gerwyn Price became world darts champion. Here, PA news agency looks at a list of those who switched sports and made it.
Katie TaylorKatie Taylor, left, made 11 appearances for the women’s soccer team (Richard Sellers/PA) of the Republic of Ireland. Taylor, 34, is a two-time world boxer champion and the current undisputed lightweight champion. The London 2012 gold medalist became one of only eight boxers in history (male or female) in 2019 to concurrently win the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world titles. Between 2006 and 2009, she has played 11 games for the Republic of Ireland women’s national soccer team, scoring two goals. Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams started boxing in 2009 (Adam Davy/PA) The 35-year-old New Zealander has played both rugby league and rugby union for his country, winning several world championships in both sports, and is currently one of the biggest stars in the NRL for the country’s rugby union. In 2009, he made his debut as a professional boxer and captured the heavyweight title in New Zealand in 2012. Dame Sarah StoreyView this post on InstagramA post shared by Sarah Storey (@ Mesdamesarahstorey)At the age of 14, Sarah Storey won six medals in the pool at the Paralympics in Barcelona. Williams won all seven of his professional fights, three of them by knockout. Until 2005, she was swimming, winning five golds, eight silvers and three bronzes, but an ear infection forced her to choose a new sport: cycling. Ellyse PerryEllyse Perry was an international soccer and cricket player at age 16 (Gareth Fuller/PA)Perry made her debut for both the Australian national cricket and soccer teams at age 16. She went on to win nine more gold medals on the bike – making her Britain’s most prolific Paralympic athlete ever – and was named a Dame in 2013. She was named the International Cricket Council’s Player of the Decade last month. In 2011, at both the ICC and FIFA World Cups, she became the first Australian to participate. Between 2007 and 2013, the 30-year-old made 18 appearances for the national soccer team, scoring three goals. Before his boxing career (Danny Lawson/PA), Curtis Woodhouse, right, was a £ 1 million footballer. Former footballer Woodhouse, who made more than 100 appearances for Sheffield United, was signed in 2001 by Birmingham for £ 1 million and also played for Peterborough, Hull and Grimsby before turning to boxing in 2006 after “losing his soccer love.”