Tips from a world champion
Monday, 31st May, 2010
Local clay target shooter, Darryn Nicholls visited Burke Ward Primary School recently to talk about his return home from South Africa where he was crowned world champion.
The BH Gun Club member spoke to a number of Year 5 and 6 students about the World Down the Line Championships in Cape Town.
The students are currently learning about Australian identities and significant Australians throughout history, and Mr Nicholls is a seen as a significant Australian.
Lindy Robins, the teacher of 6R, thought it was a great idea to have Mr Nicholls speak to the class; especially since his children attend Burke Ward.
Mrs Robins said when Mr Nicholls went overseas to compete, his twin son and daughter; Jarred and Hannah, would discuss how the trip was going.
"The whole class was getting excited... I thought it would be great to get him in," she said.
"It made it all the more special that he was a world champion from Broken Hill."
Mrs Robins said it was something the children could aspire to.
She said Mr Nicholls was very unassuming and he was teaching the kids to just follow their dreams.
"He is like our own Jessica Watson," said Mrs Robins.
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 competed against shooters from countries including England, Ireland and Germany.
Mr Nicholls made sure to show his trophy and medals to the students as well as answering their questions.