REPACHOLI Daniel < Back  
Sport Shooting
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 15 May 1982 in Melbourne, AUS
Height2.02 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Alex, daughters Zoe and Asha
Occupation Athlete, Manager
Languages English
Higher education Trade - Toolmaker - Victoria University: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up competitive shooting at age 12.
Why this sport? He began going to the local pistol club with his father and his brothers.
Club / Team Cessnock Pistol Club: Australia
Name of coach Vladimir Galiabovitch [national]
Handedness Right eye, right hand
General Interest
Nicknames The Mountain (expressdigest.com, 12 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (olympics.com.au, 17 Apr 2020)
Most influential person in career His family. (olympics.com.au, 17 Apr 2020)
Hero / Idol US basketball player Michael Jordan. (VIS, 03 Dec 2007)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He wears novelty socks chosen by his daughters when competing. "It's usually either rainbows, pink unicorns, suns or a pair with fat hippos that say, 'Dad bod'." (olympics.com.au, 17 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The harder you train, the better you'll be, which is right, but you also need to work on your mental approach, because if you haven't got it together mentally, you're never going to be at your best physically." (olympics.com.au, 17 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours In 2010, 2014 and 2015 he was named Sportsperson of the Year in Cessnock, NSW, Australia. (cessnockadvertiser.com.au, 13 May 2016)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olympics.com.au, 17 Apr 2020)
Other information OLDER AND WISER
He believes that as he has grown older and gained experience, he has become stronger mentally, meaning he can perform more consistently. The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be his fifth Olympic Games. "Physically, I could shoot that perfect shot every time, but my mental game was what I struggled with most. When you're younger, it's not that you can't do it, it's just harder. When you're younger, you don't have a care in the world, so you're less focused. But as I got a little bit older, I became more switched on and that really changed my mindset. I'm a lot more focused on achieving my goals and a lot more dedicated to working on my psychological training." (olympics.com.au, 17 Apr 2020)

RETIREMENT AND RETURN
He retired from the sport following the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but returned after encouragement from his wife Alex. "I actually retired after London 2012 - I was finished. I wanted to focus on being a better husband, a better father and I wanted to be around for my family more. My ultimate goal had always been to win an Olympic gold medal, but I hadn't achieved that when I retired. My wife knew I wasn't done until I'd won Olympic gold, so she encouraged me to keep going so I could achieve that dream. My family has always been supportive, and nothing has ever been an issue when it comes to my shooting, and my daughters know that sometimes I'm there and sometimes I'm not, but I make sure they are always involved." (olympics.com.au, 17 Apr 2020)

OCCUPATION
He works as a branch manager for Double R Equipment Repairs in Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia. He has also worked as a truck driver. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2021; Facebook profile, 07 Mar 2021; maitlandmercury.com.au, 09 Apr 2016)