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Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Not too many towns can boast hav­ing one of their own com­pet­ing in an Olympic or Com­mon­wealth Games.

Next week Mul­wala is for­tu­nate to have gun shooter James Wil­lett com­pet­ing at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games. James will shoot for gold in the dou­ble trap on April 11 af­ter be­ing se­lected in a 28-mem­ber Aus­tralian side.

The tal­ented 22 year old has fin­ished a gal­lant fifth place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, shot an Olympic record at the same Olympics, been named Shoot­ing Aus­tralia’s Male Ath­lete of the Year, won numer­ous ISSF Dou­ble Trap Cham­pi­onships and has been ranked num­ber one in the world in dou­ble trap shoot­ing. He cred­its his suc­cesses to the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port he re­ceives from friends and fam­ily, home town spon­sors and com­mu­nity sup­port as well as the abil­ity to train on his cus­tom built shoot­ing range at the fam­ily farm.

James is look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing on ‘home soil’ and will have fam­ily and friends around him on the Gold Coast. Like many ath­letes who have reached the pin­na­cle of their sport, James has sac­ri­ficed an enor­mous amount to be in a po­si­tion to com­pete at the Com­mon­wealth Games. We now wish him and his fam­ily the very best as he rep­re­sents our great sport­ing com­mu­nity on the Gold Coast.

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