At just 12-years-old Jessica Graydon is already making herself known in the martial arts world.
The Harrington Grove girl was recently chosen on the Australian Karate Federation national team.
Jessica said she was ‘really excited and happy’ to make the team.
“It’s a huge honour to represent my country,” she said.
“In order to be selected I had to compete at a lot of tournaments and attend training camps.
“I am also on the NSW Karate Federation Team, so that experience also helped me to make the team.
“The Australian Karate Federation, is the group that our Australian Olympic Karate Team will be selected from for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”
Jessica will fly to New Zealand this month to face up against some of the best martial artists from all over the world.
It’s the first time the youngster will compete at an overseas tournament.
The 2018 Oceania Cup in Auckland attracts top talent from around the world and is overseen by the World Karate Federation.
“We will be up against the toughest competitors from right around the world,” Jessica said.
“Competitors are using this tournament to prepare for the 2020 Olympics, so we know we are up against the best of the best.
“We will be giving it everything we have to win.”
The avid martial artist has been training in karate since she was just two years old.
“I love training at Bujutsu Martial Arts with my family and friends,” she said.
I really enjoy learning new things, travelling and making new friends.
“I also enjoy helping other kids to learn karate.”