Wagga's first paintball facility is celebrating a decade of colour-filled excitement that has helped grow a dedicated and passionate community from the ground up.
When Dwayne Nicholls launched Project Paintball alongside one of his mates in 2011, it was the fulfillment of a dream driven by passion rather than experience.
"It has definitely been a real learning curve, we started knowing practically nothing about paintball and nothing about business but we just gove in head-first and gave it a crack," Mr Nicholls said.
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The business has faced multiple challenges over the years, including floods, major law changes and most recently a pandemic, but Mr Nicholls said the hurdles have helped create what has become a much-loved centre by many of the community.
"Before we opened up everyone in Wagga would have to travel to Canberra or Albury everytime they wanted to play paintball and it was just non-existent out here," he said.
"But since then it has just grown exponentially, people seem to absolutely love it and now we've got regular players from Canberra and Albury who travel out here to play."
In 2014, the business launched its paintball club, a group that has helped competitive players embrace the sport on a new level.
Mr Nicholls said it has been a special feeling seeing this club grow and the impact it has had on the lives of its members.
"It was seven years ago we started our club and now we've had guys travel interstate and internationally just to play paintball off the back of that and they've played at the highest level here in Australia," he said.
"I'd really just like to thank the whole community and the Riverina as a whole because it has been an awesome ride and hopefully they keep supporting us into the future.
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