James Willett all fired up over this win

Young gun ... Corowa’s James Willett is a world champion.
Young gun ... Corowa’s James Willett is a world champion.

COROWA shooting star James Willett is World Junior Trap Champion.

In what the young shooting ace described as the biggest win of his career, the 2016 Olympic hopeful took out his first overseas tournament in stunning fashion in New Zealand.

“It’s definitely the biggest win for me,” Willett, 18, said.

“It was my first trip overseas.

“I went over there hoping to win but there was tough competition, so you never really know what to expect.

“It’s really exciting.”

Held over three days, Willett shot scores of 296, 295 and 297 to record a total of 888 out of a possible 900.

He took on competition from across the globe, with shooters from England, Canada, South Africa and Ireland just a few countries with representation in the field of more than 100.

Up against 700 in the open section, Willett finished a more than respectable 12th.

Teamed with John Duryea and Mat Schiller, Willett also brought home a silver medal in the junior teams event. England edged Australia out by just the single point.

Willett will now turn his attention to the Australian nationals at Wagga early next month. He is also in the running for the Norske Skog Young Achiever of the Year Award.