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Our world champion

Friday, 26th March, 2010

* World champion clay shooter Darryn Nicholls received a hero's welcome from his family when he returned from South Africa on Wednesday. * World champion clay shooter Darryn Nicholls received a hero's welcome from his family when he returned from South Africa on Wednesday.

Clay shooter Darryn Nicholls has made a triumphant return home from South Africa where he was crowned world champion.

The Broken Hill Gun Club member displayed outstanding skill at the World Down The Line Championships in Cape Town last weekend.

Mr Nicholls started his overseas campaign with dual gold medals in the separate South African Grand competition, taking out the double barrel and single barrel categories.

He then enjoyed a spot of sightseeing before moving on to the world titles to compete against shooters from countries including England, Ireland and Germany.

Mr Nicholls scored 897 points out of a 900 across three days of competition, leaving him tied with an Irish competitor on the final day.This resulted in a "shoot off", which Nicholls won after two rounds. Despite the emphatic win, Mr Nicholls was humble in victory and said the magnitude of his win had not yet fully registered.

"I'm very happy. It's starting to sink in a little bit," he said."But I won't be going around bragging - I just had a good shoot. The next shoot it might all turn around and I won't go so well."

There was also some success for fellow local Ross Walsh, who was also a part of the Australian team. Australia won the bronze medal in the team competition, and did so with plenty of flair, according to Mr Nicholls.

"The team missed a few early but then we stepped up to the mark and got into it," he said."And we were shooting quick, the scorers were mesmerised.

"We got up there and showed them how it was done and when we turned to come off all the other competitors gave us a standing ovation.

"It was some world class shooting. We really turned it on for them."

Mr Nicholls will now travel to Wales in 2012 to defend his title in the biennial Down the Line event.

Both Mr Nicholls and Mr Walsh thanked the Broken Hill Gun Club, Darel and Colleen Gates and everyone who bought a ticket in raffles held to raise money for trip.

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