With this in mind, remember there isn’t much that comes in to the young Corowa stars sights that he doesn’t hit.
Already James’ name is in the mind of selectors heading into the next games, but his recent efforts have cemented him well into the mix.
After claiming the NSW Open Men’s State Title recently in Sydney, James has been selected into the Australian High Performance Program.
“Being selected in this squad is really big step,” James told the Free Press.
“The program gives shooters greater access to AIS squad selections and potentially into the Olympics frame.”
The NSW win is another notch on the belt for the top gun shooter, who also competed recently in the Grand Prix, against international shooters.
James managed to finish 8th overall, which for a year 12 student, is almost unheard of.
“It was a great experience to shoot with guys I look up too,” James said.
“It really pushes you to go even further.”
James’ most immediate focus comes in the Olympic Skeet shooting, where he hopes to hit 122/125 to gain selection to shoot overseas. “That is the goal,” he said. “My highest is currently 109/125 and to get to the 122, you would be one of the top in Australia.”
James shoots around 500-1000 shots on any given week, thanks largely to the clay target system set up in his back yard.
“I try and get in as much shooting as I can,” he said.
“Whether it is before or after school or on weekends I try do as much as possible.
“The way I practice is in 25shot rounds and I try make it as difficult as possible for myself.” With a visit from former national coach Graeme Boyd, James’ game is improving by the day; as is his love for the sport.
“I still love doing it and being so close to achieving the ultimate goal definitely drives me,” James said.
“The assistance I get from Central Murray Credit Union, Eley Cartridges, Renato Gamba and my parents is really helpful too.”
With some big competitions on the horizon, including the Oceania Championships in November and the Youth Nationals in December, James will be certain to keep his focus up.