US crown for James Willett

Mulwala shooter James Willett has added another jewel to his shooting crown, taking out the United States Grand Prix held in Pennsylvania last month.

Willett was award Highest Overall Champion in the Men’s Trap shooting 189/200 in qualifying then 44/50 to win the final.

In addition Willett has just returned from Brisbane where, over the weekend, he competed in the QLD State ISSF Championships which are third round of shoots to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“There are five selection shoots and we get points for each shoot with the best four results added together,” James told the Chronicle.

“I won the overall in the Men’s Double Trap with a score of 133/150 and 71/80 in the finals so this keeps me in the lead for the Double Trap for Commonwealth selection with two more competitions to go and am still in contention to be picked for the Men’s Trap.

“It is looking pretty good for me at this stage to qualify for next year’s Games on the Gold Coast.”

Unfortunately the Double Trap has now been dropped from the Olympic Games; Willett returned from last year’s Rio Olympics with an Olympic record in the Double Trap and finishing an honourable fifth.

“It is still a discipline in the Commonwealth Games and I am also shooting in the Trap event so I will be ready when the next Olympics comes around which has included a Mixed Trap competition where men and women will compete together,” he said.

“I have been named as an Australian Commonwealth Games Ambassador for shooting which is a fantastic honour.

“I obviously still have to qualify to actually compete but to be thought of so highly by the Commonwealth Games Board is just wonderful.”

James will be heading off in early September to Moscow for another World Championships event followed by India in October for the finals.

“I would like to thank my local sponsors, the CMCU, Hargraves Secured Investments and Cobram Toyota for all their support,” he said.

“Their continued sponsorship is incredibly important to me and I am proud to be able to represent my community and the country in this sport.”

US crown for James Willett

Image: US crown for James Willett.

Yarrawonga Chronicle

Source: Yarrawonga Chronicle
By: Fiona Blick
Date: 12 July 2017