Darryn Nicholls

Darryn Nicholls

ABOUT DARRYN

26 September 1967

Broken Hill born, Darryn “Nicho” Nicholls, is a competitive clay target shooter who is no stranger to the big stage. With over 40 years of experience in the sport, Nicho has frequented state, national and world championships. His open career kickstarted in 1994 where he placed first in the Double Barrel event at the South Australian State Carnival. Since, Nicho has gone from strength to strength, claiming many prestigious accolades, including an induction into the Australian Clay Target Association’s Hall of Fame in 2016. One of his crowning achievements being in 2010 where he competed in the South African National Single Barrel event which would see him become the 9th Down-The-Line World Champion, only missing three targets. Nicho has broken Australian records and captained Australian teams, accolades that have contributed to an illustrious sporting career.

Today, you will still find Nicho competing on the big stage. When he is not at the range, you will find him operating his family business, Nicholls Printers, or spending time fishing, boating and hunting.

SPORTING HISTORY

2021*
AA Grade South Australian State Champion of Champions.
AA Grade South Australian State Double Rise.
AA Grade South Australian State High Gun.
South Australian State Pointscore Champion.
South Australian State Team High Gun.
South Australian State Champion Shooter.
Captain South Australian State Five Man Team (No. 1).
Queensland State AA Grade Single Barrel.
Queensland State Pointscore Champion.
Queensland State Overall High Gun.

 

2020
South Australian State Double Barrel Champion.
Remainder of year cancelled due to COVID-19.

 

2019
Australian Shoulder to Shoulder Team.
Australian National Double Rise Champion (100/100).
Mackintosh Perfect Score.
AA Grade National High Gun.
All Australian Trap Open Team.
Mackintosh Team Open.
25m Handicap winner.
AA Grade National Pointscore.
South Australian State Double Barrel Champion.
South Australian State Point Score Champion.
South Australian State Champion of Champions Winner.
South Australian State Overall High Gun.
South Australian State Open Team.

 

2018
Australian Shoulder to Shoulder Team.
Australian National Double Barrel Champion.
All Australian Open Trap Team.
Mackintosh Open Team.
Mackintosh Team 100.
Mackintosh Medallion.
World DTL Team.
South Australian State Pointscore Champion.
South Australian State Double Rise Champion.
Victorian State High Gun.

 

2017
Signed Second Five Year Contract with Beretta (DT11L supplied).
Australian Glenn Cup Open Team.
Australian Shoulder to Shoulder Team.
Mackintosh Open Team.
Mackintosh Team 100.
South Australian State Open Team.
South Australian State High Gun.
South Australian State Champion Shooter.

 

2016
South Australian State Double Barrel Champion.
South Australian State Open Team.
All Australian Trap Open Team.
Captain of Australian Team to compete in Ireland (World Championships).
Captain of Australian Team Glenn Cup to compete against New Zealand in 2017.
Doug Smith Medal Winner (three years straight, new Australian Record).
Inducted into Australian Hall Of Fame.
Australian National Double Barrel Record set at 3,268 straight.
Mackintosh Open Team and Mackintosh 100.
Life Member of Broken Hill Gun Club.

 

2015
South Australian State Open Team Australian National Handicap Winner (off 25m).
Australian National Double Barrel Champion (new Australian Record, only person ever to win 3 consecutive years) 2,685 straight and counting, still to continue in 2016.
Doug Smith Medal Winner.
Awarded Australian Grand Slam Recipient.
Awarded Australian National Long Break Record (1553 straight).
Awarded Australian National Mackintosh Team Perfect Score (500/500).
Australian Masters Award – 15m – 800 Break (Double Grand Slam score needed) National 25m Champion.
Australian Open Team Australian Team High Gun.

 

2014
Australian National Double Barrel Champion.
Australian National Single Barrel Champion (new Australian record 234).
Australian National Pointscore Runner Up.
Australian National Double Rise Runner Up.
Australian National Family Deauville Doubles Runner Up.
Australian National High Gun (new Australian record).
No.1 Australian Open Team.
Australian Mackintosh Team.
Doug Smith Medal Winner.
Achieved Australian National Long Break Record of 1553 straight.
South Australian State Single Barrel Champion.
South Australian State Double Barrel Champion.
South Australian State Open Team.
Awarded South Australian Presidential Medal in recognition of achievements.
Inducted into South Australian State DTL Hall Of Fame.
New Zealand National Mini’s Champion.
New Zealand National High Gun.
Bronze medal at World DTL Championships (Held at Waikato Gun Club, New Zealand, Score: 969/975).

 

2013
Australian National High Gun (new Australian record).
Australian National Double Barrel Champion (new Australian record 1038).
Australian National Double Rise Champion.
Australian National Champion of Champions Winner.
Australian National Family Deauville Doubles Runner Up.
Australian Open Team.
Australian Mackintosh Team.
South Australian State High Gun.
South Australian State Open Team.
Inducted into the Australian AA Elite Members.

 

2012
Australian Open Team.
Australian National Double Barrel Runner Up (994 Straight).
Australian Mackintosh Team.
New Zealand National Pointscore Runner Up.
New Zealand Glenn Cup Team Captain.
Doug Smith Medal Winner.
South Australian State Double Rise Champion.

 

2011
Australian Open Team.
Australian Team High Gun.
Australian National High Gun.
Australian National Double Rise Champion.
Winning Mackintosh Team Shooter.
South Australian State Open Team.

 

2010
World Champion (9th World DTL Championships, held at the Valley Gun Club, Paarl, South Africa, Score: 1047 /1050).
South African National Single Barrel Champion.
South Australian Double Barrel Champion.
South Australian State Open Team.
South Australian State Team High Gun.

 

2006
South Australian Team High Gun.

 

2005
Australian National Champion of Champions Runner Up.

 

2000
South Australian Pointscore Champion.
South Australian Team High Gun.

 

1999
Australian National Double Barrel Champion.
South Australian High Gun.
South Australian Team High Gun.

 

1994
South Australian State Double Barrel Champion.

 

* Still competing, current as of July 2021.