James Willett

Yarrawonga’s James Willett, a shooter of Down The Line & Trap, balances carpentry and family life with Olympic training. As an Olympian, James inspires with his dedication, having to switch disciplines and juggling his new trade.


From Yarrawonga, Victoria, James Willett is an Australian sports shooter specialising in Down The Line and ISSF Trap Shooting. Balancing his passion for shooting, his new career path in carpentry, running Shelford Shooting and his family life, James brings dedication to every pursuit.

James’s journey began at 14, when he was introduced to clay target shooting through school. His talent blossomed under the tutelage of Russell Mark, and by 2015, he was competing internationally, setting a junior world record in his first World Cup.

James secured his spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics for double trap, shooting an Olympic record in qualification and narrowly missing a medal in a dramatic final. With double trap being removed from the Olympics, James made the switch to Trap shooting for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Not only is James a skilled athlete, but he also inspires others. He maintains a positive demeanor, encourages newcomers to the sport, and balances his Olympic aspirations with a carpentry apprenticeship at Kennedy Builders.

With unwavering focus and relentless determination, he is a force to be reckoned with as he targets the 2024 Paris Olympics.


Below are some of James’ wins span across World Championships and World Cups in individual titles and team matches:

  • World Record holder in ISSF Mens Trap – 125/125
  • 9 international gold medals
  • 5 silver medals
  • 5 bronze medals
  • World Champion
  • National Champion
  • Represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games
  • Represened Australia in Rio and Tokyo Olympics.

For the full break down follow this link