Year Awarded: 2016
Sport: Shooting
Scholarship Holders

James Willett - Shooting

James is 19 years old and lives on a farm near Mulwala, a small country town on the Murray River. He lives there with his parents, Arthur and Dionne and his younger sister Marnie.

He completed his HSC at Corowa high school in 2013. James currently works at A&W Grassi, a family owned gun shop in Wangaratta. He began shooting when he was 12 years old after getting a junior firearms licence and started competing domestically at 14 years of age.

In 2014 at the age of 18 James became the Junior World Champion in Down the Line after competing at the World Championship held in New Zealand, he continues to hold this title. He currently holds the Junior World record in ISSF Double Trap and is ranked in the Top 5 in the open section, he is also ranked 1st in Australia in Men’s Double Trap. His best performance in open section was at the recent ISSF world championships held in Lonato, Italy where he finished 4th overall.

James’ family have built a personal shooting range on the farm where he trains regularly and is coached by his father, Graeme Boyd and Russell Mark. He continues to work towards making the Australian Team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Men’s Double Trap.

Mentor:  Stan Longinidis

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