OLYMPIC judo hopefuls will be put to the test on Saturday, when an Australian Institute of Sport talent identification team conducts preliminary trials in Bendigo.
The local leg of the AIS Sports Draft program takes place at La Trobe University's Evolution Gym from 10am.
It is part of a national search to find talented athletes aged 15 to 27 who excel in other sports but have the desire and potential to become stars on the judo mat.
AIS senior physiologist Clare Humberstone, Bendigo-based judo coach Ben Donegan and other testers will put candidates through physical challenges to assess their suitability.
Top performers from around the country will be invited to a five-day camp at the AIS in December and the stand-outs will go on to receive 12 months of coaching and guidance in a high-performance program.
It is hoped the "talent-transfer" initiative could help unearth future Olympic or Commonwealth champions.
Several Australian athletes have already experienced success after switching from other sports, including Olympic rowing medallist Kim Crow, who began her career in athletics.
Draft registrations were to close at 5pm on Friday.