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Sharp shooters

Wednesday, 30th April, 2014

Darryn Nicholls won three gold medals and broke two Australian records at the 2014 Down the Line National Championships. He also teamed up with son Jared to win silver in the Family Deauville doubles. Darryn Nicholls won three gold medals and broke two Australian records at the 2014 Down the Line National Championships. He also teamed up with son Jared to win silver in the Family Deauville doubles.

By Ethan James

Broken Hill’s sharpest shooter, Darryn Nicholls, has claimed another swag of medals, this time at the 2014 Down the Line National Championships in Wagga Wagga.

The clay target shooter won gold medals in the Single Barrel, Double Barrel and High Gun categories, breaking two Australian records in the process.

Nicholls shot 216 straight in the Single Barrel to beat the previous best mark of 171. 

He also won the High Gun with an Australian record.

To cap off a stellar tournament, he was presented with the prestigious Doug Smith Medal for the 2013 season. 

The medal is given to shooters who accumulate the highest number of Hall of Fame points during the previous calendar year.

Points are awarded for first and second places at world, national and state championships.  

“(The Doug Smith Medal) is the ultimate in terms of what you can achieve, and to win it for the first time since he passed away was pretty special,” Nicholls said. 

“But by the end I was just too knackered to celebrate.”

Nicholls was also won silver medals in the point score, double rise and Family Deauville doubles with his son Jared. 

He shot an impressive 118/120 in the double rise but was consigned to second place. 

Nicholls now plans to take a short break from shooting before the West Darling Championships in Broken Hill on May 10-11.

“I’m going to take a little bit of time off and actually do some work,” he joked. 

Shooters from across the country will converge on the Silver City for the tournament which last year attracted more than 100 competitors. 

Nicholls said the field won’t be finalised until the weekend of the shoot but that he was expecting World Junior Championship Runner-up, Mitchell Iles, from Melbourne, to be among them.

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