Year Awarded: 2016
Sport: Shooting
Scholarship Holders

James Willett - Shooting

James Willett, born 1995, grew up on a farm near Mulwala, a small country town on the Murray River, with his parents; Arthur and Dionne and his younger sister Marnie.

He completed his HSC at Corowa high school in 2013. James worked 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. In 2016 he was the Junior World record in ISSF Double Trap and was ranked in the Top 5 in the open section, and was also ranked 1st in Australia in Men’s Double Trap. His best performance in open section was at the 2016 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 trained regularly and was coached by, Graeme Boyd and Russell Mark. James's training and hard work was all towards making the Australian Team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Men’s Double Trap.


James wins the US Grand Prix June 2017

Mentor:  Stan Longinidis

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