MORGAN William's dream has been to play basketball at the Deaflympics.

After a stellar performance at the Asia Pacific Deaf Basketball World Championship that dream is now a reality.

Williams was selected on the Australian team and travelled to Seoul last month to contest the world titles against three other teams.

With some tough and closely fought matches Australia finished third.

Williams said this meant they had qualified for the Deaflympics.

But he said Australia was not far from coming first.

"It was a really tough competition.

"The two games that we lost we lost by one point."

In their first game against Japan Australia was beaten in the final seconds to lose the game by just one point.

Australia thrashed Korea in their second match. Williams said Australia won the game by 50 or 60 points.

However it came down to the wire in their final match against Chinese Taipei and Australia was beaten once again by just one point in the game's final seconds.

Williams said he was happy with his performance at the world championships saying the Australian team had become like a second family for him.

"I played quite well.

"I could have been a bit better but I will work on that for next time.

"I tried my hardest in our last game to win the bronze medal. It was tough.

"We were all tired and sore," he said.

In particular Williams said he thought his strengths were defence and scoring.

Arriving back in Gladstone on the weekend Williams said he was sorry to leave Seoul but happy to be back home.

Back at work yesterday Williams said he couldn't thank his workmates enough for their support.

Before he left for Seoul Williams' workmates presented him with a signed Australian flag.

Williams said it bought him plenty of luck in Seoul.

"It came out a lot.

"In the opening ceremony I carried it out with me into the stadium.

"I took it to our games. It got good use."

Now Williams attention is focused on being fully prepared for the Autralian team's Deaflympic challenge in September next year.

"That's probably the whole team's goal to go to the Olympics.

"It means the world to me that I get to go further in my basketball," Williams said.

See the video above for footage of the Australian team in action against Korea. Williams, who was number 7 is featured in the video.



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