A new champion has emerged on the northern Gold Coast after his journey to the international sporting stage captured the hearts – and generosity – of the nation.

Ten-year-old Hudson “Huddy” Glubb was one of about 40 athletes who competed for Australia in the World Dwarf Games in Cologne, Germany, this month.

While his journey was never expected to happen, his family’s last-ditch community fundraising effort surged to national prominence in February.

“[I was] like, ‘What is happening?'” said Huddy, who was born with achondroplasia.

“I’m on TV. I’m on every channel. What?”

After the fundraising effort was featured on major television networks and multiple radio stations, the Gold Coast community and broader Australia raised more than $20,000 to help Huddy win gold at the World Dwarf Games.

“I got 1st in basketball, 3rd in soccer, 3rd in relay,” he said.

A young boy in an Australian sports uniform runs around a track.

Huddy competing in a track event in Germany.(Supplied: Kerry Glubb)

‘Proud is an understatement’

Just two years ago, doctors told Huddy’s family he may never be able play sport due to complications associated with achondroplasia, a condition that impacts bone growth.

“When we first heard about [the World Dwarf Games] a year ago, it wasn’t going to happen,” Huddy’s mum Kerry Glubb said.

Huddy kept training and, after a childhood marked by medical procedures, he was eventually given the green light.

A young, fair-haired boy has his height measured by a medical professional in a clinic.

Huddy has received multiple medical procedures since birth but is a keen sportsman.(Supplied: Kerry Glubb)

“Proud is an understatement,” Ms Glubb said.

Following a friend’s suggestion, Huddy was called up to represent Australia’s junior team at the World Dwarf Games this year.

Ms Glubb organised raffles, fitness challenges and online fundraising to pay for travel, equipment and accommodation.

“Everybody rallied behind us and the community and made it happen,” Ms Glubb said.

“The experiences and memories we have from that trip are irreplaceable — I’m just so grateful.”

A large group of smiling people in workout gear waving their hands in a gym.

Huddy and his friends had a fundraising fitness day at an Ormeau gym earlier this year.(Supplied: @helpinghuddy)

But it was the opportunity to compete with kids of similar abilities that was so important.

“It was an even playing ground for once,” Ms Glubb said.

“Team sports are something he doesn’t really get to participate in and so to watch him play in a basketball team and soccer team with kids of his age and ability was priceless.”

A young boy in an Australian sports uniform hugging his proud mum.

Huddy hugs his mum Kerry after scoring at the World Dwarf Games.(Supplied: Kerry Glubb)

‘Indescribable’ achievement

When Huddy scored his first goal, Ms Glubb said “the look on his face was indescribable”.

“He ran straight to me, I gave him a hug, we fell on the floor together,” she said.

“The game was still going but we were just in our moment — it was so special.”

Three youngsters, two in Australian sports gear, sitting near the edge of a pool with their arms around each other.

Huddy made new friends at the World Dwarf Games and he is already looking ahead to 2027, when Australia will host.(Supplied: Kerry Glubb)

Huddy said he felt “excited and happy and proud” of himself.

“Thank you everyone for donating and helping me get to Germany,” he said.

Ms Glubb said the Games showed that Huddy and others like him that playing competitively was achievable.

“Just because of their height, it doesn’t stop them from participating in sport,” she said.

The 2027 World Dwarf Games are set to be held in Australia and Huddy, who is aiming to compete in powerlifting and archery, says there will be multiple home game advantages.

“[Germany] was cold and rainy and they speak different there,” he said.