At just 20 years of age, James Willet has enjoyed a rapid rise in the sport. While he began shooting when he was 12, he only began the double trap discipline at the beginning of 2015 and has upstaged many of his more fancied rivals around the world during his opening year in the sport.
Having to commute over three hours to Werribee to train, Willett and his father Arthur built a shooting range at their farm in Corowa near the NSW/VIC border.
Willett showed his potential to match it with the world’s best when he set a Junior World Record in qualifying with 142/150 targets at his first ever World Cup event. He then shot 23/30 targets to narrowly miss out on the bronze medal match.
He went on to compete at his first World Championships in the sport in 2015 opting to compete in the senior event despite still being a junior. Willett qualified for the final in equal third with a score of 139/150. Willett then qualified for the bronze medal match where he lined up against Kuwait’s Ahmad Alafasi. Both shooters shot 24/30 before Alafasi won the shoot-off.
He won the double trap quota for Australia at the Oceania Championships when he shot 135/150 in qualifying before going 28/30 and 29/30 before claiming his first World Cup victory when he won the Rio 2016 test event.
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Double Trap Men
Yarrawonga, VIC, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 4th (double trap) – ISSF World Cup (San Marino)
- 1st (double trap) – ISSF World Cup (Rio, Brazil)
- 3rd (double trap) – ISSF World Cup (Nicosia,Cyprus)
- 2nd (double trap) – 2016 Australia Cup 2 (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (double trap) – 2015 Oceania Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- ISSF World Cup Double Trap Bronze in 2016 in Nicosia, Cyprus
- Claiming fourth at the 2015 ISSF World Championships in Men's Double Trap at Lonato, Italy
- Winner of the 2015 Oceania Championships in Men's Double Trap at Sydney, NSW
- Corowa Primary School, NSW, Australia
- Corowa High School, NSW, Australia
Graeme Boyd (2009-Current) Russell Mark (2014-Current)
Deniliquin Clay Target Club, NSW
Primary Training Base
Home on the Farm, Mulwala, NSW
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Chevrolet silverado
- Personal Motto
- Never Give Up
- Star Sign
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Michael Diamond winning back to back Gold in 1996 and 2000
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My Dad