Joel Emmett win bronze with Australian team

STAR: Joel Emmett did himself, Horsham and Australia proud over a week of competition at the World Dwarf games in Canada. Picture: ELIJAH MACCHIA
STAR: Joel Emmett did himself, Horsham and Australia proud over a week of competition at the World Dwarf games in Canada. Picture: ELIJAH MACCHIA

JOEL Emmett will return from the World Dwarf Games in Guelph with some extra luggage after his basketball side won a bronze medal on Thursday.

Prior to the games the 18-year-old from Horsham said that returning home with a medal would be a highlight.

“The games have been great,” he said. “It’s been such an unforgettable experience.

“The highlights have probably meeting everyone and of course the bronze medal match.”

Emmett’s team won its through to the bronze medal and quickly established a healthy lead early in the contest against the host nation on Thursday.

The side led by 11-1 at half time and went on to record a comfortable 17-6 victory.

Emmett was also part of Australia’s contingent of track athletes, its soccer team and also played badminton.

The soccer team won three of its group matches and drew the other two before coming up against Great Britain in the quarter final. The side’s campaign ended when it lost 3-2.

In the badminton Emmett played with Luke Missen in the men’s doubles.

They faced a tough draw and competed well before being knocked out in the quarter finals by the eventual gold medal winning Great Britain combination.

After a busy week Emmett said he looked forward to the final party night of the games where everyone would celebrate their success.

Overall the Australian team of 30 athletes won more than 50 medals over the eight days of competition.