FOURTEEN-year-old Emma Boxsell from Nowra won the bronze medal in the open section for singing at the 17th annual World Championships of Performing Arts in the US last month.
Auditioning online, the judges accepted Emma for a spot in the competition, along with another 25 young Australian performers.
Competitors from all over the world auditioned for the chance to compete at the finals in California – dancing, singing, acting, modelling, performing instrumentals and variety acts for the chance to win bronze, silver or gold medals.
Emma sang Titanium by David Guetta, winning her third place in the open section.
“It was amazing, I can’t believe it,” Emma said.
“I was so scared of tripping on stage when I got the medal but luckily I didn’t. It was a great feeling.
“I’m planning on going back to America in 2015 to perform but I want to stay in Nowra and finish school first,” she said.
Emma, a country rock singer, has been singing and taking lessons since she was six years old.
Keeping herself busy, she is in the middle of recording her album, called Again, a compilation of cover songs, raising funds for an anti-bullying campaign.
“My goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of next year,” she said.
Three silver and eight gold medals were awarded to the Australian contestants for vocals, dance and modelling.