James Willett is a Rio 2016 Olympian where he competed in the Shooting Event Men’s Double Trap where he finished 5th. He grew up on his parents farm in Mulwala NSW. He now lives with his partner Amy in the township of Yarrawonga/Mulwala on the Murray river.
He completed his HSC at Corowa high school in 2013 where he began his shooting career during school sport from the age of 14. He quickly learnt the fundamentals from his father Arthur and became very competitive at local competitions and later on made his first international trip to NZ to compete in the DTL World Championships in 2014 where he became Junior World Champion at age 18. This led to two very strong years in Men’s Double Trap where he won the ISSF World Cup prior to the Rio Olympics and entered the 2016 Games as World Number 1. James went on to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth games in Double Trap which was the last event due to Double Trap being removed from the Olympic Program, so then James switched to the Olympic Trap event Men’s Trap. He quickly took to the new discipline at the world stage after winning dual World Cup Gold’s in Mexico 2019 after winning the individual event with a World Record score of 125/125 + 47/50 and the mixed trap teams event. This then lead to James achieving the Number 1 world ranking in Men’s Trap.
James and his family have built a personal shooting range on the farm where he train’s regularly and is coached by Russell Mark. James and his family now operate the range with many different events and open up for training for the Olympic Disciplines too many local shooters.
James received a SAHOF Scholarship in 2016 which came in the biggest year of James’ career during his 2016 Olympic Games selection and preparation. He worked with Mentor Stan Longinidis during the period where he supported with a major aspect of the sport being the mindset and understanding sacrifices which need to be made which is being part of an elite athlete and competing at the highest level. James continues to stay in contact with Stan throughout his career and is forever grateful of the support he has received through the program.
Results, Honours & Achievements
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Men’s Trap, 21st
- 2020 (2021): Tokyo Olympic Games – Trap Mixed, 7th
- 2020: Australia National Champion Men’s Trap
- 2020: Australia National High Gun Champion Men’s Trap
- 2019: ISSF World Champion Mixed Teams Trap
- 2019: ISSF World Cup Mexico, Men’s Trap 1st place & World Record 125/125
- 2019: ISSF World Cup Mexico, Trap Mixed Team – 1st
- 2019: ISSF World Cup Korea, Men’s Trap – 3rd
- 2019: Australia National Champion & National Highgun winner Men’s Trap
- 2018: ISSF World Championships Korea, Men’s Trap 4th + Olympic Quota for Australia
- 2018: Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Double Trap – 6th
- 2018: Australia National Champion & National Highgun Winner Double Trap
- 2017: ISSF World Cup India, Double Trap – 1st
- 2017: ISSF World Cup Mexico, Double Trap – 2nd
- 2017: Australian National Champion & Highgun Winner Double Trap
- 2016: Rio Olympic Games, Double Trap 5th + Olympic Record in qualifying 140/150
- 2016: SAHOF Scholarship Recipient
- 2016: ISSF World Cup Final Italy, Double Trap – 1st
- 2016: ISSF World Cup Olympic Test event Rio, Double Trap – 1st
- 2016: ISSF World Cup Cyprus, Double Trap – 3rd
- 2016: Australian National Champion & Highgun winner Double Trap
- 2015: ISSF World Championships Italy, Double Trap – 4th
- 2014: Junior World Champion in DTL
James wins the US Grand Prix June 2017
Last updated 14/01/2021