CAMPBELLS Forest's judo ace Bryan Jolly is bound for the Olympics.
It's not the ultimate just yet, but next year's Youth Olympics in China will be another step closer to achieving his Games goal.
Jolly, 16, is one of two Australians chosen by the International Judo Federation to compete in Nanding from August 16 to 28.
"To be selected is a huge honour," Jolly said before Tuesday's training session at Judo Bendigo in Breen Street.
Jolly's focus is not just his own play, but also helping sensei (instructor) Ben Donegan with the club's younger competitors.
It was not so long ago Jolly was a wide-eyed youngster stepping onto the mat for the first time.
A remarkable run of success includes six national championship wins.
Earlier this year he was in the top 16 at the world cadet (under-18) judo championshijps in Miami.
The titles were not in MIami, Queensland, but the United States.
"It was a great experience," Jolly said.
His run in the under-50kg class began with a first-round bye and then victory with an arm-lock in the third minute of his first bout with an opponent from Lithuania.
Jolly was defeated in the next round by the evenutal gold medallist.
His lead-up to the worlds included gold in the under-18 50kg final and third in junior men (under-21) in the under-55kg class at the Auckland Open.
Jolly's play in Miami caught the attention of the IJF selectors in deciding on Youth Olympics invites.
There will be no under-50kg class at these championships, so Jolly will line up in the under-55 or under-60kg division.
"My weight is at high 48s, so I will be aiming to put on a few kilos through more weight training."
His gym workouts are at Lifestyle Fitness in Bendigo, which was part of his prize for being the Cyril Michelsen Trust Fund recipient in the Bendigo Bank-sponsored Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year for 2012-13.
Next major hit-out on the judo calendar is the Victorian champinships in early December.
The ACT Open in February, Queensland Open in March will play a key part in qualifying for the Oceania titles.
Then it's on to China.