Captain big shot
Saturday, 16th July, 2016
By Tyler Hannigan
Local shooter Darryn Nicholls flies out tomorrow to captain the Australian five-man Open team in the Clay Target Shooting World Championships in Ireland next week.
Nicholls, who was inducted into the ACPA Trap Hall of Fame earlier this year, is set to compete in his fourth world championships and his first as captain.
“Being named captain is proud moment,” Nicholls said yesterday.
“It all came as a bit of a rush as we were only told of our selection in April and told to get our tickets sorted.”
Nicholls said the airfares were the easy part; it was getting the competition guns through customs that was the real headache.
“That’s the toughest part really, and takes the most time.”
Nicholls won his world title in 2010 and took out the bronze in the most recent meeting in 2014.
“It’s important to note that while we compete as individuals, we’re also there as a team with the open team, women’s, juniors and veterans too,” he said.
Nicholls has been competing since he was 12 and has won a whopping 15 national titles while being runner up a further six times.
While he’s happy with his current form and has high hopes for himself and the Australian team, he said that anything can happen.
“It’s all about how you shoot on the day.
“And it can be very dependent on the weather so we’ll just have to wait and see when we get over there.
“But being a three-day event, it really does show who the better shooters are.
“Sometimes people can fluke a good day but it’s tough to fluke three in a row.”.
Nicholls and the Australian team will compete from July 21 to 23 in Galway, Ireland.