The Australian Olympic Team for next year's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games expanded to 71 athletes last week, following the announcement of 15 shooting athletes selected to the Team.
Shotgun athlete James Willett has been selected for his second Games, after placing fifth on debut at Rio 2016.
The 24-year-old took over the @AUSOlympicTeam Instagram story on the day of the Team Selection to show how he was celebrating the announcement with his partner and dogs on his property in Mulwala in country NSW.
During is takeover, James takes us on a tour of his home-built shooting range and answers all your burning questions.
Due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, the Aussie Shooting Team all celebrated their selection to the Team at home in their own unique way.
Dan Repacholi was clearly excited about his selection to his fifth Olympic Team, dancing with his daughter Zoe at home in Nulkaba, NSW.
Read more about Dan’s incredible Olympic journey HERE.
How crazy is it that 4 years ago a 14 year old Alex watched the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and could only have dreamed of becoming an Olympian. 4 years on, many thousands of hours of training, determination and persistence later here I am with a ticket for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games !! Words cannot describe my emotions and feelings towards this opportunity and to think that in 15 months time I will be repping the green and gold at my own Olympic games is unbelievable. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me achieve this goal, my family, friends, support staff and anyone who has been a part of my life along the way. Thank you all so much and I can’t wait to share this journey with you. Bring on the games #olympics #tokyo2020 #tokyo2021 #austeam #olympicgames #greenandgold
While everyone pulled on their ASICS Australia Happi Coates and showed off their Qantas Boarding Passes.
Super excited to say I’ll be going to #tokyo2020 next year! It’s hard to put into words what it means to be selected to this Australian Olympic Team... so I’ll give more words later but for now swipe right to check out my new kimono 🤪 ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ #tokyo2020 #tokyo202one #olympics #olympics2020 #olympicteam #olympian #australianolympicteam #athlete #happy #isolationcelebration #olympicshooting #pistolshooting #sportshooting #shootingsports #issf #shootingaus #shootingaustralia #focus #pistol #workhard #workhardplayhard #trainhard #determination #camaraderie #friendlygames #doctorswithhobbies #stayhome #findyour30 #tokyotogether #selected @shootingaus @vicinstsport @eley_ltd @ausolympicteam
So this stuff turned up today. Better late than never. Making an Olympic team is a dream come true. I told my mum when I was 5 years old that I wanted to go to the Olympics. I actually thought that this would be in equestrian but when my grandfather gave a shotgun to my dad that all changed. I started shooting American Skeet and had success at state and national levels and then I decided to give ISSF Skeet a go. Lots of people told me that I shouldn’t do it. I would ruin my American Skeet and besides it was too hard to be successful when you live in Western Australia and I was too small. There was so many reasons why I couldn’t or shouldn’t do it. I’m so glad I didn’t let my failures define me and so thankful for everyone who has helped me get this far in my journey especially Nick who has been my rock and I couldn’t have done this without him ❤️. Thanks to my Perazzi family (Mauro Perazzi, Filippo Petriella) for sticking with me through good times and bad. Great things happen to those who don’t give up. #ausolympicteam #tokyotogether #happicoat #olympicdream #tokyo2020 #tokyo2020ne #perazzi #perazzihightech
Fantastic news to share with you all finally! It’s official today that I have been selected into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Team or be it ‘2020ne’ which as we all know has been moved to next year. This gives us all time to prepare and tackle the pandemic we are currently facing. I have to thank my sponsor @perazzi.australia @perazziofficial for their years of support and having my back the whole way in the ups and downs. Shooting Aus for their continued support also during the last 4 years. And finally to my family especially my mum who has been there from the start and she always says she is my biggest fan. And to my late Grandpa and my only coach he would be “over the moon” and would be telling me to take it “one at a time”. For now it’s work at the hospital and soon hopefully back to training for 2021. @ausolympicteam @royalaustraliannavy @australia #aussiesofinstagram #murse #nurse #olympian #dualolympian #shooting #perazzi #shooter #outdoors #ticket #ontheway #tokyo @tokyo2020