Local shooting sensation James Willett is taking his talents to Italy in a bid to claim ultimate honours at the 32nd World Championship of Universal Trench.JASON MARKS May 27, 2014 3:29pm
Lining up in Australian colours for the Under 21 squad, of which there are only three members, James is excited to compete in lands he has never seen before.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” the Corowa teen told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“It will be the first time I have been over there and to be there representing Australia is a great honour.”
James qualified for the competition through his outstanding results in the Victorian State Titles in Melbourne -which he won the Under 21s, the National Titles in Melbourne – which he finished runners up in the Under 21s and the South Australian State Titles – which he won in the Under 21s.
Universal trench shooting is more similar to the Olympic disciplines than what James has shot before, and the state and national competitions were the first times he had shot the discipline.
“It was a good experience – very fast,” James said.
“Universal Trench has five in-ground traps that come out very quick, which I quite enjoyed.
“I shot 188, 187 and 189 out of 200 in those competitions so I was pretty pleased with my consistency.”
A score of 190 won the World Championships last year.
Now sporting a new sponsorship in Perazzi, a brand that is based out of Italy, James will also look forward to spending time with the team and making the most of the experience.
“Italy is considered one of the best shooting countries in the world in terms of competition,” he said.
“It will be a great experience to head over there and try find my way around with some new competitions.”
James is likely to shoot in a number of smaller competitions before the August 23-24 World Championship.
“I’m also looking forward to meeting the people at Perazzi and taking on some new competition,” he said.
“I thank Perazzi for taking me on and I also must thank Eley Cartridges and Central Murray Credit Union for their support of my shooting aspirations.
“This competition is another big step in what I hope to achieve in the coming years.”
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.