Joel started playing volleyball in late 2002. He was soon playing for the older school teams in National cups. In 2003 he was a first choice in the u/15 team which won Siddal Moor ’s first National title, repeating their successes by winning the u/16 titles in 2004 and 2005.
Joel finished his Siddal Moor volleyball club career with an unbelievable MVP (Most Valuable Player) display in the 2006 u/18 National final. By this stage Joel was very much in the England Juniors (u/19) set-up, moving up to the men’s squads not long after.
Joel played professionally in Tenerife, Holland and Austria and he went on to gain well over 100 Great Britain caps by the time the Olympics came around. Joel’s dedication to his sport saw him achieve the highest accolade any sportsman can have when he was chosen in the 12 man Great Britain squad for London 2012. He played in 4 out of the 5 matches Great Britain had in the tournament, with his best performance coming in the last match against Argentina.
Joel called in school in June 2015 with his fiancée Lia just days before emigrating to her homeland of Canada. He donated two of his GB shirts, one of which is from his last appearance at the Olympics. These are on display in reception. He recalled his years at Siddal Moor with great fondness, mentioning many teachers who had played a central part in his development and success - whilst working hard at his volleyball career, Joel also found time to earn a degree at Sheffield University.