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Nicholls on target for national honour

Thursday, 24th March, 2016

Darryn Nicholls is being inducted into the Australian Clay-Target Hall of Fame. Darryn Nicholls is being inducted into the Australian Clay-Target Hall of Fame.

By Patrick Reincke

A local world champion will receive a huge honour following a hugely successful shooting career.

Darryn Nicholls will be inducted into the Australian Clay-Target Hall of Fame with a mighty impressive list of accomplishments to his name.

Inductees must have at least three national titles to their name and total of 200 points that can only be received by winning state, national or world championships, or coming runner-up in national or world championships.

Nicholls has a glowing record which includes 17 national titles and a World Champion crown he received after winning the 2010 World Championship in South Africa.

He also took third at the 2014 World Championships in New Zealand where a single shot determined the podium placing.

“It’s a great honour. My time’s ticked around,” said Nicholls, who owns the long-established family business of T. Nicholls and Sons Printers.

“I won my first national title in 1999, and then I didn’t really go to any nationals, not until 2009 when I made the Australia team which enabled me to go over to South Africa to compete in the world championships.

“After that, I’ve been going to the Australian National Championships since 2011.”

Nicholls has shown his versatility in many forms of shotgun shooting, claiming national honours in the double-barrel, single barrel, double rise, champion of champions and the high gun categories.

“There are plenty of different events,” Mr Nicholls said.

“I’ve got one I haven’t won which is ‘points score’, I’ve won the rest so that’s a bit of a goal.

“It’s on the list, I’d love to be able to do it but it’s easier said than done, you’ve just got to keep trying - you only get one crack a year!”

Shooting has been a big part of Nicholls’ life since his kid and he said once he got a taste of it, he knew it was something for him.

“My father and I would walk out and do down to the creeks with a shotgun and shoot rabbits.

“It wasn’t enough for me because we’d only do it now and then.

“I liked it so much I thought we’d go and check out this clay-target shooting and see what it was all about. I was probably about 12.”

Nicholls explained that a friend of the family took him out to a gun club to have a go when he was old enough and the rest is history.

“It’s been my sport for all my life. It’s introduced me to people all over Australia and basically the world.”

At 48, Nicholls is considering travelling to Wales for the 2016 World Championships in July.

“My son (Jarred, 17) shoots now and he’s in the junior ranks.

“If he’s good enough to make the junior three-man Australia team, they’ll send him over there.

“So if he makes it, and I make the senior open team, we’ll be going.

“He’s really enjoying it he’s got plenty of years ahead of him.”

Nicholls will be inducted at the Hall of Fame presentation in April at Wagga Wagga.

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